Service NL
May 10, 2018

Making it Easier to Start a New Restaurant in St. John’s through BizPaL

A new Restaurant Bundle Checklist will simplify the regulatory process for anyone interested in opening a new restaurant in St. John’s. Offered through BizPaL, the list includes required inspections, permits and licences necessary at different stages of the business process, as well as potential wait times and costs.

BizPaL was created to quickly and easily identify what is needed from participating levels of government to start a business and is jointly managed by a partnership involving governments at the federal, provincial, territorial and municipal levels. The innovative online service provides simplified access to information about business permits, licences and other requirements needed to establish, operate and grow businesses.

Newfoundland and Labrador is the third province to offer the Restaurant Bundle Check List for restauranteurs.

This initiative delivers on commitments in The Way Forward to strengthen the province’s economic foundation and deliver better services and better outcomes for residents. The Way Forward outlines all actions the Provincial Government is taking to achieve a strong, diversified province with a high standard of living, and can be viewed at

“BizPaL was created to help identify what is needed from the different orders of government, quickly and easily when starting a business. The new restaurant bundling system will certainly be a welcome service for anyone wishing to open a new restaurant in St. John’s.”
Honourable Sherry Gambin-Walsh
Minister of Service NL

“St. John’s is quickly becoming one of the top culinary destinations in Canada, thanks to creative entrepreneurs. The new BizPaL restaurant checklist will help take the guesswork out of determining the costs, permits and licences associated with getting a new establishment up and running. Prospective restaurateurs will be better able to focus on the many other aspects of opening their business.”
Danny Breen
Mayor, City of St. John’s

“The Restaurant Association of Newfoundland Labrador is excited to see this BizPaL pilot with the City of St. John’s added to the tool box, helping new business owners get it right, from the start, with less uncertainty. This pilot provides a time saver for new entries in the restaurant business in St. John’s and helpful for existing restaurateurs looking to make changes. We were very happy to have consulted on this project and look forward to feedback on its outcome.”
Nancy Brace
Executive Director, RANL

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Krista Dalton
Service NL
729-4748, 685-6492

Kelly Maguire
City of St. John's

Nancy Brace
Restaurant Association of Newfoundland and Labrador

2018 05 10                              10:55 a.m.