Apply for a permit

Is your business growing? Or are you holding a special event to create some buzz? Maybe you are in a very specialized business where you have to take care of others.

Our Business Licence team also handles specialized permit applications, so you can get going quickly.

Have questions? Talk to our business licence representatives today about your options: 250-490-2488 or email.

Sidewalk cafes and storefront uses

Your retail space is maxed out – what next? There could be an expansion opportunity very close by – your sidewalk.

Sidewalk cafes and storefront uses are allowed in the City of Penticton, as they offer visual interest and diverse activity on Penticton's commercial areas. Having lunch on the patio or perusing wares outdoors adds to the amazing experience and lifestyle that Penticton has to offer.

There are several types of permits, based on your intended usage of the space and the location of your business. Find out more.

Have questions? Talk to our business licence representatives today about your options: 250-490-2488 or email.

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Commercial vehicles

You're on the move – and your fleet serves Penticton customers throughout the community.

The Municipal Commercial Vehicle Licensing Program was established by the province, and requires commercial vehicles to have and display a Commercial Vehicle Licence Decal. Please note: the decal is not a parking pass. Apply today for the Commercial Vehicle Decal.

Have questions? Talk to our business licence representatives today about your options: 250-490-2488 or email.

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Sign Permits

If you are installing or updating signage of any kind, you'll need to complete a Sign Permit. Our knowledge staff can help with suggesting what is safe and visible for he sugnage you intend to install. Free-standing, awning, fascia and projecting signs will need scale drawings and detailed description of the advertising copy as well as font and size. The application form can be downloaded here.

Have questions? Talk to our business licence representatives today about your options: 250-490-2488 or email.

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Events

A lot of work goes into planning events – and we want to make your organizing to-do list a little easier.

 It is valuable for event organizers to understand requirements around temporary tents, stages, air-supported structures and other structures. Here is a These rules are in place to ensure health and life safety of patrons, vendors and volunteers - so everyone will come back year after year.

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Liquor

Liquor licences are issued by the B.C. Government's Liquor Control and Licencing Branch (LCLB), and this body looks to municipalities for support of new and amendment applications.

The City reviews: applications for liquor licences, endorsements for wineries, breweries or distilleries; amendments to licences and special occasion licences. Contact us for the relevant application form.

Please note: the LCLB issues regular updates, policy directives and information regularly surrounding rules, regulations and requirements around liquor. We highly recommend you visit their website for up-to-date info on regulations.

For any new or changes to existing Special Occasion Licencing applications involving changing location, service to whole site setup or extension of hours, please complete this application and return it to the Business Licence Department at City Hall, attention Ken Kunka.

You can find the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch's information and application for Special Occasion Licensing here, or by attending a Government Liquor Store in person.

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Daycares and group homes

You're in the business of caring for others. The safety of the public is our number one priority, and that's why we encourage all prospective operators to research the mandatory provincial requirements around care home and daycares first. Penticton business licences are not issued until operators receive a Community Care Facilities Licence through Licensing Direct and approval is granted by Interior Health.

If you are interested in opening a daycare or group care home within Penticton, we ask that you first come into City Hall & discuss your plans with staff to ensure that your location is properly zoned before embarking on the process: 250-490-2488 or email.

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Non-profits

You give back to the community, and we want to make sure you are safe. Non-profit organizations are not required to have a business licence, but those with facilities are asked to register with the City.

Non-profit organizations are asked to register with the City; from there, inspection appointments may be set up with building and fire officials for random safety audits. This will help us make sure fire and life safety requirements up to date in your location.

Register your non-profit organization today. Have questions? Talk to our business licence representatives today about your options: 250-490-2488 or email.

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Busking

Some say music is the food of life. The Penticton Buskers Program is managed by Downtown Penticton Association in partnership with The City of Penticton to make streetside entertainment an enjoyable experience for all.

"Busking" is the practise of performing in public places for tips and gratuities. People engaging in this practice are called "buskers" or "street performers."

The Penticton Buskers Program is a year-round program that welcomes and encourages local and touring, professional and amateur, buskers to perform in art form. Buskers may do anything that will entertain people such as mime, physical comedy, juggling, puppetry, playing an instrument or singing.

Thinking you want to take part? Contact the DPA today.

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