Dentists are required to get a permit (i.e. consent) from BCCOHP before practising dentistry under a corporation name. We recommend obtaining professional accounting and legal advice before applying to incorporate your dental practice. See below for instructions on how to incorporate a dental practice.
Apply to the Registrar of Companies to reserve your proposed name.
Complete the Dentist Application for Approval of Health Profession Corporation Name (PDF) and mail it or use our contact form. Note that the name must comply with the naming requirements outlined in the BCCOHP bylaws.
Please note that processing time may vary; it may take up to six weeks for your application to be processed.
Once you receive name approval from BCCOHP, apply to the BC Corporate Registry for consent to incorporate.
Mail all completed forms, a “true copy” of the Certificate of Incorporation stamped with a notary seal, and, if paying by cheque or money order, the $200 application fee payable to the BC College of Oral Health Professionals. If paying by credit card, refer to “Payment” instructions below.
Payment can be made by cheque, money order, or online by credit card. If paying by credit card, once your application has been reviewed, you will receive an email notification to pay the application fee online.
Please allow six weeks for your application to be processed.
Yes. All dental corporations must be considered “in good standing” under the Business Corporations Act to hold a valid permit, as per BCCOHP Bylaws.
Once your corporation is amalgamated, its predecessor corporations will no longer exist. Therefore, the predecessor corporations are not considered in good standing, and the amalgamated corporation will require a new permit.
Complete and submit a name change application (outlined in Step 1, above) and pay the $50 application fee.
Any time a dentist or dental practice uses a name that is not their registered legal name, they are using a trade name. The College does not require registrants to seek approval of trade names for dental practices.
The College will provide consent to requests from the BC Corporate Registry regarding trade names based on two criteria:
*Since a trade name is considered to be a form of advertising and promotional activity, it must comply with BCCOHP’s Code of Ethics (PDF) and BCCOHP’s Bylaws.
Patients should not be billed for dental services under the trade name alone – the dentist’s proper name or the dental corporation name should be clearly indicated on all invoices.
All dentists are required to conspicuously display their proper name or if applicable, their dental corporation name, on a sign at their practice. This is particularly important in group practice settings to ensure the public can easily identify the dentists who provide services at the practice. A trade name should not be used on its own to conduct the practice of dentistry.
Read the instructions above for dentists intending to practise under a corporation name.
Health Profession Corporations and registrants who practise dentistry through them are directly subject to certain specific statutory obligations and restrictions under Part 4 of the Health Professions Act (HPA), including:
Section 14.1 of the HPA also now specifically confirms that registrants who practise through a dental corporation are not shielded from personal liability for professional negligence, or from the applicability to them of the requirements of the HPA, Dentists Regulation, and BCCOHP’s Bylaws.
Registrants who are shareholders of a corporation will also be required to provide BCCOHP with an executed copy of the Dentist Acknowledgment of Shareholder confirming that they understand this.
With respect to the Dentist Application for Approval of Health Profession Corporation Name, please note that we have included spaces to fill in the names of all dentists who are, or will be, either voting or non-voting shareholders of the corporation, as that information is needed to determine if the name complies with all requirements in the Bylaws.
Get in touch using our contact form or phone us at 672-202-0448.