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.
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: