Mobile Business Licence Program

Mobile Business Licence

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?

Business licencing is under municipal authority and, in some cases, First Nation or regional district. Variation exists between different Mobile Business Licence partnerships, but typically, a mobile business physically located within one of the participating communities may purchase a Mobile Business Licence in addition to their basic Business Licence from their municipality, allowing them to operate in other participating communities.

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 20 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?

Mobile Business Licence partnerships support the success of the small business sector by reducing barriers to doing business in British Columbia.

Mobile Business Licences offer many benefits: 

  • For Local Governments and First Nations:  increases licensing compliance, reduces administrative burden, reduces business licence application processing, improves information flow between 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?

Contact the participating local government(s) where your business is physically located. Currently, there are 15 Mobile Business Licence partnerships in the Province of British Columbia in 91 communities.

Kootenay

Lower Mainland

Northeast

Okanagan-Similkameen

Vancouver Island

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

The Small Business Branch is working in partnership with local governments, First Nations and key stakeholders, including the Small Business Roundtable, expanding existing partnerships and establishing new Mobile Business Licence partnerships 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 partnership. 

If I want further information, who can I contact? 

For more information, please contact the Small Business Branch.