Business

Mobile business licences now available for Surrey and the Fraser Valley

Surrey-Tynehead MLA Dave Hayer with (from left) B.C. Minister of State for Small Business Naomi Yamamoto,  Surrey  Mayor Dianne Watts, and Greater Langley Chamber President Angie Quaale. - Photo submitted
Surrey-Tynehead MLA Dave Hayer with (from left) B.C. Minister of State for Small Business Naomi Yamamoto, Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts, and Greater Langley Chamber President Angie Quaale.
— image credit: Photo submitted

Minister of State for Small Business Naomi Yamamoto was joined by nine Fraser Valley municipalities in Surrey today to announce that they have agreed to implement a one-year, inter-municipal, business-licence pilot, making it easier for businesses to operate in those communities.

The Mobile Business Licence (MBL), also referred to as an Inter-Municipal Business Licence, reduces red tape by allowing mobile businesses to operate in more than one municipality by purchasing one licence, rather than by obtaining non-resident permits in each municipality in which they operate.

The nine Fraser Valley cities worked collaboratively with their boards of trade and chambers of commerce to agree to adopt a common city bylaw allowing businesses to purchase an Inter-Municipal Business Licence for specified trades. The cities include: Surrey, Langley, Township of Langley, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Mission, Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, and District of Hope.

Working with local governments to expand the MBL program is a key commitment in the provincial government's BC Jobs Plan and these communities implementing an inter-municipal licence reinforces that commitment.

“By allowing businesses to obtain one license that can be used in multiple municipalities,” said Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts. “We are cutting red tape, simplifying processes and helping to foster a competitive environment for investment.”

The MBL was successfully piloted in 2007 by 17 communities in the Okanagan-Similkameen, and since then, Sicamous and the Central Okanagan Regional District have joined that group.

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

Community Events, July 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Jul 10 edition online now. Browse the archives.