Mobile Business Licence Program

What is a Mobile Business Licence? 

A Mobile Business Licence (also referred to as an Inter-Community Business Licence or Inter-Municipal Business Licence) allows mobile businesses (e.g. contractors and caterers) to operate across participating jurisdictions. 

Created in partnership with local governments, the Union of British Columbia Municipalities, and the provincial government, the Mobile Business Licence streamlines and simplifies the licensing process, making it easier to do business in British Columbia.

How does a Mobile Business Licence Work?

Variation exists between different Mobile Business Licence Agreements, but typically, a mobile business located within one participating local government may purchase a Mobile Business Licence from their local government, which allows them to operate in other participating communities, in addition to their basic Business Licence.

For example, under the Okanagan-Similkameen agreement, the cost of a Mobile Business Licence is $150, and allows the mobile business to work in all 19 participating local governments. Local governments retain all revenue generated by the sale of Mobile Business Licences, and businesses remain responsible for complying with the bylaws of each local government in which they operate.

What are the benefits of a Mobile Business Licence?

The government is committed to continuing to work with local governments, expanding existing agreements and establishing new Mobile Business Licence agreements in British Columbia to support the success of the small business sector by reducing barriers to doing business B.C.

There are many benefits of a Mobile Business Licence. 

  • For Local Governments:  increases licensing compliance, reduces administrative burden, reduces business licence application processing, improves information flow between local governments and increases ability to monitor compliance
  • For Businesses:  saves time and money by purchasing one Mobile Business Licence instead of multiple non-resident permits, reduces administrative burden, and allows businesses to operate where their services are needed
  • For Residents:  increases choice in service providers and increases consumer confidence in service providers        

Where can I get a Mobile Business Licence?

Currently, there are 11 Mobile Business Licence Agreements in the Province of British Columbia.

  1. Central Vancouver Island region
  2. Metro West region of the Greater Vancouver area
  3. Fraser Valley area
  4. Tri-Cities area
  5. Okanagan-Similkameen area
  6. Greater Victoria area
  7. Trail area
  8. Cowichan Lake area
  9. North Shore
  10. Courtenay/Comox area
  11. Sunshine Coast area

In the Central Vancouver Island region, there are 12 participating local governments:

  1. City of Campbell River
  2. Town of Comox
  3. City of Courtenay
  4. Village of Cumberland
  5. City of Duncan
  6. Town of Lake Cowichan
  7. Town of Ladysmith
  8. City of Nanaimo
  9. Municipality of North Cowichan
  10. City of Parksville
  11. City of Port Alberni
  12. Town of Qualicum Beach

In the Metro West region of the Greater Vancouver area, there are 6 participating local governments:

  1. City of Burnaby
  2. Corporation of Delta
  3. City of New Westminster
  4. City of Richmond
  5. City of Surrey
  6. City of Vancouver

In the Fraser Valley area, there are 11 participating local governments:

  1. City of Abbotsford
  2. City of Chilliwack
  3. Corporation of Delta
  4. District of Hope
  5. District of Kent
  6. City of Langley
  7. Township of Langley
  8. District of Maple Ridge
  9. District of Mission
  10. City of Pitt Meadows
  11. City of Surrey

In the Tri-Cities area, there are 3 participating local governments:

  1. City of Coquitlam
  2. City of Port Coquitlam
  3. City of Port Moody

In the Okanagan-Similkameen area, there are 19 participating local governments:

  1. City of Armstrong
  2. Regional District of Central Okanagan
  3. District of Coldstream
  4. City of Enderby
  5. City of Kelowna
  6. Village of Keremeos
  7. District of Lake Country
  8. Village of Lumby
  9. Town of Oliver
  10. Town of Osoyoos
  11. District of Peachland
  12. City of Penticton
  13. Town of Princeton
  14. City of Salmon Arm
  15. District of Sicamous
  16. Township of Spallumcheen
  17. District of Summerland
  18. City of Vernon 
  19. District of West Kelowna

In the Greater Victoria area, there are 13 participating local governments:

  1. Corporation of the District of Central Saanich
  2. City of Colwood
  3. Corporation of the Township of Esquimalt
  4. District of the Highlands
  5. City of Langford
  6. District of Metchosin
  7. Corporation of the District of North Saanich
  8. Corporation of the District of Oak Bay
  9. Corporation of the District of Saanich
  10. Town of Sidney
  11. District of Sooke
  12. Corporation of the City of Victoria
  13. Town of View Royal

In the Trail area, there are 5 participating local governments:

  1. City of Trail
  2. City of Rossland
  3. Village of Warfield
  4. Village of Montrose
  5. Village of Fruitvale

In the Cowichan Lake area, there are 4 participating local governments:

  1. City of Duncan
  2. District of North Cowichan
  3. Town of Lake Cowichan
  4. Town of Ladysmith

In the North Shore area, there are 3 participating local governments:

  1. City of North Vancouver
  2. District of North Vancouver
  3. District of West Vancouver

In the Courtenay/Comox area, there are 2 participating local governments:

  1. City of Courtenay
  2. Town of Comox

In the Sunshine Coast area, there are 3 participating local governments:

  1. Town of Gibsons
  2. District of Sechelt
  3. shíshálh Nation

What is the Government doing to support Mobile Business Licences in the Province? 

The Small Business Branch is working in partnership with local governments, the Union of British Columbia Municipalities and key stakeholders, including the Small Business Roundtable, expanding existing agreements and establishing new Mobile Business Licence agreements in British Columbia.

The Government is committed to providing technical support and a shared database to any local governments who are interested in implementing a Mobile Business Licence Agreement. 

If I want further information, who can I contact? 

For more information, please contact the Small Business Branch.

Mobile Business Licence Brochure

For Mobile Business Licence Program information at a glance, view our brochure.

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