Business Licences

Applying for a Licence
The operation of any business activity within the City of West Kelowna (CWK) requires a Business Licence. The licensing fees are identified on page 22 of the Fees and Charges Bylaw B0028.

The annual fee is due into CWK January 31 or will be subject to a late fee of $25.

To learn more about business licence procedures in the City of West Kelowna, please view our brochure (PDF).

For more information on business licences by type, please select from the following:

Inter-Community Business Licence

If your business operates in more than one municipality, you may be eligible to purchase an Inter Community Business Licence. This licence is available for an annual fee of $150 on top of the yearly municipal licence fee. If one applies for the licence after August 1, the fee is then reduced to $75 for the remainder of the year.

View more information on inter community business licences and a list of participating municipalities.

Business Licence Fee Structure
On October 25, 2011, Council adopted bylaws to create a standard, 4-tier Business Licence Fee structure:

  • Tier 1 - Basic = $60 per year
  • Tier 2 - Basic + fire Inspection = $135 per year
  • Tier 3 - Basic + fire Inspection + policing = $360 per year
  • Tier 4 - Inter-municipal = $150 (set by province)

Approximately 900 businesses will pay the basic fee. Five hundred require a fire inspection and will be charged the basic fee plus a $75 surcharge. Six businesses hold a liquor primary licence and will also contribute $225 annually for increased policing costs associated with their type of business. Three hundred and eighty inter-community licence holders will pay a $150 fee set by the Province of British Columbia.

City of West Kelowna business licence fees will be phased in as follows: 

Fee Level



Tier 1



Tier 2



Tier 3



Tier 4