The Building & Permitting Department is responsible for the administration of licensing services for the City of Kelowna.
Any person owning or operating a business within the City of Kelowna must obtain an annual Business License to be prominently displayed in their place of business. This applies to all retail and commercial establishments, management and professional firms, home businesses, bed and breakfasts, secondary suite rentals and taxi cab companies.
Fees vary according to the business category up to a maximum of $3,000.
For new licenses, and to make changes to an existing license, contact staff in the Permit Centre on the second floor of City Hall, located at 1435 Water Street.
Open Monday – Friday
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Phone: (250) 469-8960
Excluding Holiday Closures
Business licenses can be renewed online, using your Visa or MasterCard, when there are no changes to an existing license.
Business License Search
Business License Bylaw
Mobile Business License Program (optional)
The City of Kelowna has created a Mobile Business License designed to simplify business licensing and reduce costs.
Companies doing business in more than one community (with only one fixed location) may now purchase a Mobile Business License for an additional annual fee of $150.
Participating communities include:
- City of Armstrong
- Regional District of Central Okanagan
- District of Coldstream
- City of Enderby
- City of Kelowna
- Village of Keremeos
- District of Lake Country
- Village of Lumby
- Town of Oliver
- Town of Osoyoos
- District of Peachland
- City of Penticton
- Town of Princeton
- City of Salmon Arm
- District of Sicamous
- Township of Spallumcheen
- District of Summerland
- City of Vernon
- City of West Kelowna
ATTENTION: Small and
medium sized businesses!
The City of Kelowna encourages
small and medium sized businesses with a commercial FortisBC account to contact
FortisBC as you may be eligible to receive a FREE energy
efficiency assessment through the Business Energy Advisor program, an
initiative funded by FortisBC. An energy advisor can identify ways that
your business can take advantage of available FortisBC incentives to implement
energy efficiency solutions that will help you save money on your electricity
and/or gas bills. To find out more and to determine eligibility visit FortisBC’s
Business Energy Advisor program or contact FortisBC Smart Business Help
Desk at 1-855-857-7411.