All present: Mayor Maja Tait and Councillors Jeff Bateman, Al Beddows, Ebony Logins, Megan McMath, Brenda Parkinson and Tony St-Pierre.
At the November 26 Regular Council meeting, elected officials considered a bylaw that would add an Inter-Community Business Licence to the books. This new business would provide expanded opportunities for mobile businesses.
Currently, businesses can apply for a local business licence or an Intermunicipal Business License. The intermunicipal business license allows mobile businesses to operate within participating municipalities within the CRD. This new license would allow mobile business to operate within participating communities on Vancouver Island.
From the staff report: “Island Municipalities have worked with the Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology to create a Business Licence scheme which reduces red tape for mobile businesses. This Licence scheme enables businesses to work in more municipalities than the current Intermunicipal Licence allows.”
The cost to the district is negligible. It will be cost neutral. The currently mobile business licence (Intermunicipal) is $100, and this expanded Inter-Community Business Licence will cost $150.
All active businesses operating in Sooke are required to have a business licence, though a number of local businesses do not. The District is striving for increased compliance.
Currently, someone coming in from Campbell River to work on a contract, they would have to apply to Sooke for a business licence.Likewise, any business from Sooke going to work in Campbell River would have to apply there for a separate business licence. This Inter-Community Business Licence would eliminate that layer of paperwork.
Motion: That Council give first, second and third reading to the bylaw cited as Inter-Community Business Licence Bylaw No. 702, 2018.
The motion carried with unanimous support from Council.
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