Business licence types

 

There are four main types of business licences in the City of Penticton:

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If you're not sure what type best suits your enterprise, we're happy to help. Contact our business licence expert today: 250-490-2488 or email.

Please note, effective January 1, 2020, a non- refundable  application fee will be required prior to processing your business licence application.  The application fee will be credited towards the approved annual licence fee.  You will be contacted for payment. 

Commercial and industrial business

You are in the swing of things – an office or storefront location operating in a commercial or industrial area of the City.

Are you expanding? Wondering how you can grow business?

  • You may be eligible for incentives. Check out Penticton opportunities page for general info and Economic Incentives Bylaw for specific details.
  • Partnerships are key. Check out this list of community resources.
  • Our Economic Development team is happy to help! Find out about the local market and additional opportunities to leverage that will grow your business.

Already registered? Complete our eform application today.

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Out-of-town and mobile businesses

Is your main office based outside of city limits, but you serve Penticton customers? Do you serve Penticton customers and customers in the communities surrounding Penticton?

We have 2 different categories of business licences that help serve mobile businesses:

  • Inter-community business licence: In partnership with the Provincial Minsitry of Small Business and Revenue, The City of Penticton has entered into a Mobile Business Licence Program, with this program eligible businesses will only have to obtain one additonal business licence to do business in another participating community. The “inter-community business licence” will allow you to do business in the 19 municipalities* in the program.  The inter-community licence is an annual licence and is issued in additon to your City of Penticton business licence.
  • No location: If your mobile business is located outside the City of Penticton limits and you don't have an office/location registered in your home municipality, then the “no location” licence is for you.

Want to get started? Visit OneStop and apply for a licence, register your business and obtain a B.C. business number. Once we receive your application from OneStop, a City business licence representative will contact you to find out more about what your plans are and starting the process.

Already registered? Complete our eform application today.

Wondering about street, park and beach vending? Those involve specialized permits. Learn more here.

*Municipalities involved in the Inter-Community Business Licence Program are: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 Town of Oliver Town of Osoyoos District of Peachland City of Penticton Town of Princeton City of Salmon Arm District of Sicamous Township of Spallumcheen District of Summerland City of Vernon District of West Kelowna

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Home-based business

Your business operates from home because it makes sense for your enterprise. Or maybe you are considering setting up an office or other business in a residential area.

Many business owners want to start their venture in a dedicated space, but may not need a commercial building, and the Home-based Business Licence gives you that flexibility.

Home-based Business Licence holders operate an occupation or profession in a residence. According to zoning [PDF - 5.2 MB], they can operate out of a building that primarily is residential, with a secondary use of occupation. We have two types of home occupations you can apply for: a Minor Home Occupation or a Major Home Occupation business licence.

Ready to get started? Complete our eform application today.

There are some special exceptions to Home-Based Business Licences:

There are 3 kinds:

    • B&B with one room: This is permitted in residential areas in the City, as it's considered a Minor Home Occupation. More Info [PDF - 82 KB].
    • B&B with 2 to 3 rooms: These B&Bs are allowed in certain zones. Check with the Planning Department to see if you're in the right zone, or ask us about applying for a site-specific zoning. More Info [PDF - 82 KB]
    • B&B with 4 rooms: These B&Bs are allowed in certain zones, and cannot be converted into something that looks different than a home (paved parking lots, etc.). Check with the Planning Department to see if you're in the right zone, or ask us about applying for a site-specific zoning. More Info [PDF - 82 KB]

 

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Seasonal business

Your business is all about warm beaches. Or maybe you succeed when the snow flies. Either way, there are two types of seasonal business licences to choose from: 6 months or 1 months.

Want to get started? Visit OneStop and apply for a licence, register your business and obtain a B.C. business number. Once we receive your application from OneStop, a City business licence representative will contact you to find out more about what your plans are and starting the process.

Already registered and want to get started? Complete our eform application today.

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