Inter-community mobile licence

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The mobile business licence program - delivered in partnership with the Provincial Ministry of Small Business and Revenue – enables businesses to operate in a participating community outside Kelowna. Qualifying business can add an inter-community mobile business licence to their existing business licence for an annual fee of $150.

A mobile business operates in more than one of the participating communities without a physical location in each of these communities. A mobile business can have a storefront in its home-based municipality. There are numerous types of mobile businesses such as contractors - tradespeople, landscaping services, janitorial services, pest control - massage therapists, mechanics, photographers and hairdressers. The mobile label does not apply to businesses selling goods or services from a fixed or semi-fixed location such as a fruit stand/truck, mobile store, flea market, horse drawn carriage, carnival, concession stand or trade show.

All mobile businesses are eligible for an inter-community mobile business licence, except certain types of businesses such as escort agencies, body rub services and passenger directed vehicles- for-hire such as taxis, limousines and buses. These business types require a separate business licence for each municipality in which they operate. 

 For more information, contact Business Licensing at or call 250-469-8617. 

Participating communities
  • 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 
  • City of Merritt 
  • Town of Oliver 
  • Town of Osoyoos 
  • District of Peachland 
  • City of Penticton 
  • Town of Princeton 
  • City of Revelstoke 
  • City of Salmon Arm 
  • District of Sicamous 
  • Township of Spallumcheen 
  • District of Summerland 
  • City of Vernon  
  • City of West Kelowna 
Provisions of inter-community mobile business licence
  • Businesses that are not mobile businesses, or are not eligible for an inter-community mobile business licence, must obtain a business licence in each municipality in which they do business, operate or provide services. 
  • A business that is eligible for an inter-community mobile business licence must still obtain a regular business licence (principal business licence) from the municipality in which it is located. 
  • In addition to the principal business licence, a mobile business may obtain one additional inter-community mobile business licence to do business in all other participating municipalities. 
  • An eligible non-resident business or a business that doesn’t have a business location in any of the participating municipalities may obtain a standard business licence from any one of the participating municipalities and may then apply for an inter-community mobile business licence. 
  • The cost of an inter-community mobile business licence is $150. Fees may be reduced pro-rata on a quarterly basis. 
  • An inter-community mobile business licence is valid for the same term as the standard business licence issued from a business’ home-based municipality. 
  • A business holding an inter-community mobile business licence must comply with all of the bylaws and regulations of each municipality in which it operates. 
  • Implementation of the mobile business licence program began Jan. 1, 2008.