BC Launches Mobile Business Licence
October 2, 2013
Posted by: Alison Hermansen
Doing business in the Lower Mainland just got easier, thanks to the new Metro-West Inter-municipal Business Licence agreement.
The six participating municipalities – City of Burnaby, Corporation of Delta, City of New Westminster, City of Richmond, City of Surrey, and City of Vancouver – have worked together to adopt a common bylaw allowing businesses to purchase an Inter-municipal Business Licence (IMBL), also referred to as a Mobile Business Licence (MBL), for specified trades.
The Inter-municipal Business Licence reduces red tape by allowing mobile businesses to operate in more than one municipality by purchasing only one licence, rather than obtaining non-resident licences in each municipality in which they operate.
The Mobile Business Licence was successfully piloted in 2007 by 17 communities in the Okanagan-Similkameen. Since the program’s launch, a total of 63 municipalities have established Mobile Business Licence Agreements in their communities.
The B.C. government plays a pivotal supporting role by offering assistance with co-ordination of local governments, revenue analysis, and providing technical support for a shared database for local governments interested in implementing a MBL agreement.
Working with local governments to expand the B.C. government’s Mobile Business Licence program is a key commitment under the BC Jobs Plan.
Oct. 1 marks the first day of the seventh annual Small Business Month, as proclaimed by the Province of B.C.