Anyone doing business in Summerland for gain or profit should have a Summerland Business Licence. You will need to complete an application form giving us details of your business. Before the licence is granted, we may need approval from the Development Services Dept. (depending on if you are doing renovations and also to check zoning and other regulations), Fire Dept. approval, and possibly Interior Health approval. If you are dealing with food or health issues, it is a good idea to call Interior Health in advance to see what guidelines they have for you to follow so you know in advance. Rates are determined based on the type of business you are doing and are payable before the licence is issued. Your fee includes membership with the Summerland Chamber of Commerce. Licences are valid until December 31st of the year you purchase it. Renewals are sent out at the end of each year and due in January.
Business Licence Classification and Fees (121KB PDF)
Summerland Business Licence Application (130KB PDF)
If you will be doing business or performing a service in other cities, you may be eligible to also purchase an Inter-Community Business Licence. You must first have a regular Business Licence and for an additional $150.00 you can also do work in other participating municipalities. You can apply for this at the same time you fill out the Business Licence Application (it is the same form) or you can apply for it at a later date.
Information on the Inter-Community Business Licence (19KB PDF)
You can pick up an applications at the reception desk at Municipal Hall. If you have any questions, please call 250-494-6451.
BUSINESS LICENCE RENEWALS
Business Licence renewal notices are mailed mid December and due January 31.
Please advise us if you do not receive your business licence(s) or if you no longer require a business licence and we will update our records accordingly.
DUE DATE & PENALTY INFORMATION
Business licence renewals are due on January 31 of each year.
A 10% penalty will be added to all outstanding accounts on February 1st.
A further 10% penalty will be added to all outstanding accounts on March 1st.
HOW TO PAY
In person – Municipal Hall, 13211 Henry Avenue, Summerland, BC
We accept cheque, cash, post-dated cheques and interac. Credit cards are not accepted.
Please call our office at 250-494-6451 if you have any questions or concerns.