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Business Licences

Find a business licenced in Lake Country for 2016.

Business licence renewal payments are due January 31, and can be paid through some participating financial institutions in person or on-line, or by mail when there are no changes to an existing licence.  Online bank payments have been expanded to included business licences and are available through some financial institutions. Use your account number as the payment reference number. Confirm with your bank whether business licence payments have been added to their internet banking services.

Any person wishing to start a business, to expand or to relocate an existing business within Lake Country must obtain a business licence. Consulting our zoning regulations and speaking with our Planning staff about your location at an early stage can save extra time and money in the long run!

Lake Country business licences are issued annually and must comply with Business Licensing Bylaw 699. If you own or operate a business in Lake Country (including a home based business) you are required to obtain a business licence from the District and have it displayed at your place of business.


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Lake Country Business Licence Fee             $90.00 annual (calendar year)
Inter-Community Business Licence Fee      $150.00 annual
Ownership/Location Transfer Fee                $25.00 per change
New Business Start-up (after Sept 30) Fee  $45.00 (Oct 1-Dec 31)

Depending on the type of business you are wishing to start, your business may be required to undergo an inspection by the Fire department, Bylaw Enforcement, or other agencies (e.g. Interior Health).  Once your licence is approved it will be mailed to you.

Complete and submit a Business Licence Application Form along with the appropriate Regulation Form:

Business Licence – Country Residential Home Occupation
Business Licence – Residential Home Occupation
Business Licence – Rural Residential Home Occupation

Inter-Community Business Licence

If your business provides services in more than one Okanagan community you may be eligible for an Inter-Community Business Licence for an additional annual licensing fee of $150. This allows you to operate your business in most communities without having to obtain a licence in each jurisdiction. Eligible communities include: Armstrong, Coldstream, Enderby, Kelowna, Keremeos, Lake Country, Lumby, Oliver, Osooyos, Peachland, Princeton, Penticton, Salmon Arm, Spallumcheen, Summerland, Vernon and West Kelowna.

Additional Reference

The Creating an Age-friendly Business in BC guide may be of interest to business owners wishing to reduce barriers and increase accessibility.  Recent reports indicate there are over 700,000 disabled persons in BC with spending power of $25 billion annually.

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