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Business Licence Types

There are eight (8) types of Business Licences available in the District of Peachland:
    1) Municipal Business Licence

    2) Inter-Community Business Licence

    3) Seasonal Business Licence

    4) Suite Licence (Garden or Secondary)

    5) Cannabis Business Licence

    6) Outdoor Vending Business Licence

    7) Itinerant Show or Entertainment Business Licence

    8) Non-Profit Business Licence

See below for more detailed information on each type of Business Licence.

Municipal Business Licence

A Municipal Business Licence allows the Licencee to operate a business - commercial, industrial, or home based - within the boundaries of the District of Peachland. This is an Annual Licence and is valid from January 1st until December 31st of the year it is issued. The cost of the Licence is $112 for the calendar year; for businesses applying for a new Licence after July 1st the cost will be $56. There is no monthly prorating offered for this Licence.

Inter-Community Business Licence (ICBL) - Mobile Business

A Mobile Business performs or provides a service in more than one of the participating communities within the Okanagan or does business by moving from client to client; the business does not have a storefront or location other than in their home or in their 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 Licence?

All Mobile Businesses are eligible for an Inter-Community Business Licence, 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 Licence for each Municipality that they intend to operate in.

Where is an Inter-Community Business Licence Valid?

There are 21 participating communities within the Okanagan-Similkameen region:
  • City of Armstrong
  • Regional District of Central Okanagan
  • District of Coldstream
  • City of Enderby
  • City of Kelowna
  • Village of Keremeos
  • District of Lake Country
  • Village of Lumby
  • City of Merritt
  • Town of Oliver
  • Town of Osoyoos
  • District of Peachland
  • City of Penticton
  • Town of Princeton
  • City of Revelstoke
  • City of Salmon Arm
  • District of Sicamous
  • Township of Spallumcheen
  • District of Summerland
  • City of Vernon
  • City of West Kelowna

Other Provisions of the Inter-Community Business Licence

  • Businesses that are not mobile businesses, or are not eligible for an Inter-Community Business Licence must obtain a Municipal Business Licence in each Municipality in which they do business, operate or provide services.
  • A business that is eligible for an Inter-Community Business Licence must still obtain and maintain a Municipal Business Licence from the Municipality in which their business is located (e.g., home, office or storefront).
  • An eligible non-resident business or a business that does not have a business location in any of the participating Municipalities, may obtain a Municipal Business Licence from any one of the participating Municipalities and may then apply for an Inter-Community Business Licence at the Municipality where their Municipal Business Licence is issued.
  • An Inter-Community Business Licence is valid for the same term as the Municipal Business Licence from the issuing Municipality.
  • A business holding an Inter-Community Business Licence must comply with all of the Bylaws and Regulations of each Municipality in which they choose to operate.

Fees

The cost of the Inter-Community Business Licence is $150 Annually in addition to the cost of the Municipal Business Licence. There is no prorating of the fees for the Inter-Community Business Licence.

Seasonal Business Licence

A Seasonal Business Licence is for businesses that only intend to operate six (6) months or less in a calendar year. The cost for this Licence is $56.

Suite Licence

A Suite Licence is required for individuals who have a legally registered Garden or Secondary suite. This is an Annual Licence and is valid from January 1st until December 31st of the year it is issued. The cost for this Licence is $56. There is no prorating of the fee for a Suite Licence. For more information on suites, go to www.peachland.ca/suites.

Cannabis Business Licence

There are four (4) categories of Cannabis Business Licences. A licence is required for:
  • anyone wanting to operate a non-medicinal retail store: cost - $250,
  • anyone involved with the cultivation or processing of cannabis (micro): cost - $250,
  • anyone involved with the cultivation or processing of cannabis (standard): cost - $500, or
  • anyone involved with the cultivation or processing of cannabis on non-residental lands under a ACMPR licence: cost - $112.
These are Annual Licences and are valid from January 1st until December 31st of the year it is issued. For more detailed information on cannabis and the application requirements, go to www.peachland.ca/cannabis.

Outdoor Vending Business Licence

An Outdoor Vending Business Licence is required for businesses that operate a vehicle, structure, or mobile apparatus occupying public space that is used to sell retail products, food or beverages, or to provide services for commercial sale or rental by a business entity to passers-by. There are a limited number of vending locations available. Anyone interested in operating an outdoor vending business needs to apply to the District for approval. The cost for this Licence is $56 with the additional requirement of an Encroachment Agreement ($300/month or part thereof) and a damage deposit of $200.

For more information on the Outdoor & Food Vending Policy PRO-150, and for an application, go to www.peachland.ca/outdoor-food-vendor.

Itinerant Show or Entertainment Business Licence

This category includes:
  • Theatre
  • Concert
  • Beer Garden
  • Concession
  • Flea Market
  • Film Production
These Licences are for events held in the District of Peachland. The cost is $50 per day of operation.

Non-Profit Business Licence

Beginning in 2021, non-profit organizations are required to register for a business licence for the nominal fee of $1. A non-Profit Society is a registered charitable society that is incorporated and in good standing under the Societies Act and is registered under the Income Tax Act and qualified to issue tax receipts to donors. Licences are valid from January 1st until December 31st of the year it is issued.