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BC Launches Mobile Business Licence

October 2, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Alison Hermansen
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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.