Six Lower Mainland Communities Launch Mobile Business Licence
Province of British Columbia Notice
01 October 2013
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.
October 1 marks the first day of the seventh annual Small Business Month, as proclaimed by the Province of B.C.
Minister of State for Tourism and Small Business Naomi Yamamoto -
"The B.C. government is committed to working with local governments to find ways to support businesses and streamline processes in every community. Mobile business licences cut red tape for contractors and others who may work in more than one community, and we will continue to work to get other municipalities to adopt the program and reap the rewards."
City of Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie -
"This new business licensing initiative just makes sense by removing unnecessary obstacles to construction and trades businesses working across our region. Richmond is committed to continually working to reduce red tape and create a business-friendly environment and this is one more positive step in achieving those objectives."
To find out more information about the Mobile Business Licence program: www.resourcecentre.gov.bc.ca/mobile.html.