Proposed Business License Bylaw Amendments

The Business License Bylaw has not been updated since 2005. In an effort to accommodate new sectors or types of businesses in the City, Municipal Enforcement will be proposing the following changes to the Business License Bylaw in November:

Defining certain types of businesses:
• Seasonal Vendor
• Business with Multiple Locations
• Temporary Business License
• Professional Service
• Public Institutions
• Shared Space

Identifying when a business license is not required:
• Non-Profit or Charitable/Under 18

Adding in bylaws for the following:
• Hawker/Peddler
• Escorts/Escort Agencies
• Busking
• Mobile Vendors (food and retail sales)
• Online Ordering (app-based)
• Short-term Rentals (i.e. AirBnB type)
• Special Events
• Trade Shows

Changing the duration of a Business License from:
• One (1) calendar year to a period of 365 days from date of purchase

We will be actively seeking input from the business community on raising license fees.

Current Fees  
Resident Business $100
Non-resident $200
Temporary (up to three days)  $50

There will be opportunities for engagement with both Municipal Enforcement and Economic Development to provide your feedback or address any questions or concerns businesses may have.

Be sure to visit this link often for updates.


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