City of Cranbrook

Licensing

Businesses operating within the City of Cranbrook, including those based within the City but conducting business primarily outside of the City, are required to have a valid business license. Business licenses allow the City to regulate business activity in the interest of promoting compliance with the minimum standards established by the City's bylaws as well as the applicable provincial and federal regulations that govern the business activity where required. These standards are primarily designed to provide measures of safety, consumer protection and general order within the community.  City residents and business owners are encouraged to request proof of a valid license from businesses they are considering for provision of goods and services.

If you have additional questions, please contact City Hall at (250) 426-4211 or  toll free at 1-800-728-2726.


Business License Applications

Click here to download the Business licence application.

This form should be used by all businesses including home-based and can also be used to change an existing business license.

A complete application should include the specific business information, the owner's contact information, any other additional information and the date and signature of the business owner or their assigned agent.  Once completed, applications may be delivered or mailed to:

City Hall
40 – 10th Avenue South,
Cranbrook, BC
V1C 2M8

Fax: (250) 426-5670
Email: humenny@cranbrook.ca

 

Inter Community Business Licenses (ICBL)

The Inter Community Business Licence Bylaw No. 3877, 2016 establishes licensing between Cranbrook and Kimberley and the regulation of trades, occupations and businesses.

If you are a business in the City of Cranbrook and you provide a mobile business or service to customers in Kimberley you would obtain an Annual Business Licence in the City of Cranbrook and make application for an ICBL which will allow you to conduct business in Kimberley.  Kimberley located businesses would obtain their Annual Business Licence in Kimberley and apply for an ICBL which would allow them to conduct their mobile business in Cranbrook.

The cost for an ICBL is $75.00 and the application has been combined with the Business Licence Application form.


Processing / Approvals

Please allow approximately 2 weeks for processing of business license applications.

In considering approval of a business license application, the City reviews the minimum standards established within the City's bylaws as well as the applicable Provincial and Federal regulations that govern the business activity.

Most often this involves reviewing zoning (permitted land use) for the proposed location, review of building bylaw requirements, and inspections from the Building and Fire departments to determine that minimum safety requirements are met at the time of the inspection.  In order to prepare for these inspections, it is recommended that applicants confirm zoning requirements, obtain permits where required for renovations, construction or development, and determine any requirements for fire protection, prior to submitting a business license application.

In addition, approvals may be necessary from other external agencies. Examples include but are not limited to:

In these situations, while the City will require confirmation of approvals, it is the responsibility of the applicant to contact and meet the requirements of the particular agency.

 

Business License Fees

Effective January 1 st , 2007, the City of Cranbrook business license fees are as follows:

Annual Business License $150
Most businesses fall within this category with the exception of seasonal or temporary licenses issued at the discretion of the License Inspector.  New annual business license applications are entitled to a prorated discount depending on when the business starts within the year; however, new applications are not entitled to the prompt payment discount.  Renewals of annual business licenses are provided a $25 discount if the renewal fee is paid prior to February 28 th of the year of issue.

Inter Community Business License $75
If you are a business in the City of Cranbrook and you provide a mobile business or service to customers in Kimberley you would obtain an Annual Business Licence in the City of Cranbrook and make application for an ICBL which will allow you to conduct business in Kimberley.  Kimberley located businesses would obtain their Annual Business Licence in Kimberley and apply for an ICBL which would allow them to conduct their mobile business in Cranbrook.

Seasonal Business License $75
Seasonal Licenses are issued for a business activity, that by it's very nature, is operated for only part of the year and only for a period of up to six months within one calendar year. Examples include Christmas tree sales, snow mobile rentals, outdoor water parks, etc.  Seasonal licenses are not entitled to prorating or the prompt payment discount.

Temporary Business License $75
Temporary Licenses are provided for businesses that have a valid annual license and operate from a fixed commercial location but wish to operate from a separate temporary location, not exceeding 6 months in duration. Temporary Licenses are not entitled to prorating or the prompt payment discount.

Administration Fee $50
An administration fee will be applied where a business with a valid license applies for a change or amendment to their business license, ie. For a change of location, owner, etc.


PLEASE NOTE:

* BUSINESS LICENSE FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.
* A BUSINESS LICENSE IS CONSIDERED INVALID UNLESS ALL RELEVANT FEES ARE PAID IN FULL.
* BUSINESS LICENSE IS CONSIDERED INVALID WHERE THERE HAS BEEN A CHANGE IN OWNER OR ADDRESS OR OTHER RELEVANT INFORMATION AND THE BUSINESS HAS NOT PROPERLY INFORMED THE CITY.


Business License Reports
Business license reports will be published here each month for the general information of the public. New business license reports will added within the first two weeks of each month.

November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017

Check out all of the businesses that have active business licenses in the City of Cranbrook here - http://cranbrook.ca/businesses/

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