Inter-Community Business Licensing

Inter-Community Business Licensing (ICBL) - Mobile Business

What is a Mobile Business?

A mobile business is a business that performs a service in more than one of the participating communities and provides services or does business by moving from client to client; the business does not have a storefront or location other than in their home or principal municipality. The principal municipality is the community in which the business is located whether operating from a shop, office or home. A mobile business includes contractors of all types such as trades people, landscaping services, janitorial services, pest control, etc. It also includes other types of mobile service providers such as massage therapists, mechanics, photographers, hairdressers, etc. A mobile business does not include businesses selling goods or services from a fixed or semi-fixed location such as fruit stand/truck, mobile stores (i.e. food trucks), flea markets, horse drawn carriage rides, carnivals, concession stand or trade shows.

Who is Eligible for an Inter-Community Business License?

All mobile businesses are eligible for an Inter-Community Business License, except certain types of businesses such as escort agencies, body rub services and vehicles for hire such as taxis, limousines and buses. These business types require a separate business license for each municipality.

Where is an Inter-Community Business License Valid?

The inter-community business license is honoured in the following municipalities within the Okanagan:

  • Armstrong
  • Coldstream
  • Enderby
  • Kelowna
  • Keremeos
  • Lake Country
  • Lumby
  • Oliver
  • Osoyoos
  • Peachland
  • Penticton
  • Princeton
  • Salmon Arm
  • Sicamous
  • Spallumcheen
  • Summerland
  • Vernon
  • West Kelowna

Other Provisions of the Inter-Community Business License

  • Businesses that are not mobile businesses, or are not eligible for an Inter-Community Business License must obtain a principle business license in each municipality in which they do business, operate or provide services.
  • A business that is eligible for an Inter-Community Business License must still obtain and maintain a principle business license from the municipality in which they are located.
  • An eligible non-resident business or a business that does not have a business location in any of the participating municipalities, may obtain a principle business license from any one of the participating municipalities and may then apply for an Inter-Community Business License.
  • An Inter-Community Business License is valid for the same term as the principle business license issued from the issuing municipality.
  • A business holding an Inter-Community Business License must comply with all of the Bylaws and Regulations of each municipality in which they operate.
Please contact your home municipality for further information o the Inter-Community Business License Program.