Inter-community mobile licence
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 250-469-8617.
- 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
- 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.