Council adopted the Business Licensing and Regulation Bylaw on December 19, 2013 which require all businesses conducting business within municipal boundaries to purchase a business license.
Please click here for the full Business Licensing and Regulation Bylaw No. 0030, 2013.
The application can be downloaded here: Business Licence Application
Frequently Asked Questions:
Will I require a business licence?
Any business that engages in or carries on a business within the municipal boundaries will require a business licence.
I have multiple businesses in Sun Peaks, do I need a licence for each one?
Yes, every person carrying on more than one business must obtain a separate licence for each business. If a person carries on their business from more than one premise in Sun Peaks, each premise will also require a business licence. However, if a business operates a bar, restaurant or other business within the same premise as part of one corporate structure, only one business licence is required. If the bar or restaurant were to be operated by lessees, each separate business requires a licence.
How do I apply for my business licence?
A Business Licence Application Form is available on the municipal website or by contacting our office. Upon receipt of the application, and payment of the applicable fee your licence will be issued.
Are there any inspections required?
Commercial premises operating within the Municipality will require a clean safety inspection within 60 days of application before a licence will be issued.
I just purchased a business that already has a business licence. Do I need a new one?
Yes, business licences are not transferable. A new business owner can purchase their licence at a prorated fee.
How long is my licence good for?
Business licences will be renewed in January each year and will expire December 31st of each year.
If I make my property available for short term rentals. Do I need a business licence?
Yes, Business Regulation Bylaw No. 0030 requires that all properties that are made available for nightly rentals must have a business licence regardless of whether they are owner, self-managed or using an agent. The cost is a flat fee of $95 plus a $500 refundable deposit to cover the costs of attending verified complaints and violations.
What is the revenue generated from business licences used for?
All revenues generated from business licence fees will be used to support business interests in the community. The bylaw stipulates that Council must spend the Business Licence revenues for activities/facilities that benefit the business community. Council will request recommendations from the Business Advisory Body before approving expenditures.
Please click to view a list of businesses holding a current Sun Peaks Business Licences.