Intermunicipal Business License Program
The Intermunicipal Business License (also referred to as a Mobile Business License) allows mobile businesses to operate in more than one municipality by purchasing an add-on to the required base business license, rather than obtaining non-resident licenses in each municipality in which they operate.
The Intermunicipal Business License is strongly supported by small business organizations and by the Small Business Roundtable.
The Intermunicipal Business License has a number of advantages:
- for municipalities: less paperwork and greater compliance with municipal regulations
- for businesses: reduced time and cost, and simplified expansion into new markets
- for residents: greater selection of contractors and service providers
The Fraser Valley Program
In January 2013, nine municipalities in the Fraser Valley region agreed to participate in an Intermunicipal Business License Project. The project allowed eligible mobile businesses have the option to upgrade to the Intermunicipal Business License, allowing them to operate in all nine participating municipalities.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where will my Intermunicipal Business License (IML) be valid?
An IML is valid in each of the following participating municipalities:
- City of Abbotsford
- City of Langley
- District of Mission
- City of Chilliwack
- Township of Langley
- City of Pitt Meadows
- District of Hope
- City of Maple Ridge
- City of Surrey
Who is eligible for an IML?
Eligibility is limited to mobile businesses, defined as trades contractors or other professionals (related to the construction industry) that provide a service or product other than from their fixed and permanent location.
Only mobile businesses which have fixed and permanent location in one of the nine participating municipalities are eligible for the IML.
Where can I apply?
Applications will be submitted to the municipal business licensing office of your home municipality (where your business is presently located and licenced).
What is the cost of an IML?
An eligible mobile business (including a home-based operation) pays the business license fee set by their home municipality plus the annual IML fee of $250.
For how long is an IML valid?
An IML is valid for the same length of term as your municipal business license.
Will I need any other licences?
Mobile businesses will still need to obtain a municipal business license from their home municipality, and a license for each fixed and permanent location they have. The IML is only valid within the nine participating municipalities; therefore mobile businesses will still need to check with the business licensing offices of any other municipality in which they intend to operate.
For more information on the Intermunicipal Business License program, please contact City Hall's Bylaws and Licensing Department at 604.465.2445.