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Inter-Community Business Licences

On September 16, 2019 the Town of Sidney adopted the Inter-Community Business Licence Bylaw No. 2167 and joined the Vancouver Island Inter-Community Business Licence Program. The new Inter-Community Business Licence (ICBL) makes obtaining a licence easier and less costly for businesses that perform a service or activity within more than one municipality by moving from client to client rather than having clients come to them (e.g. trades, contractors, landscapers, cleaning services, caterers, etc). The program is coordinated by the Provincial Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology and by the end of 2020 the program is expected to cover all 25 Central Island and Greater Victoria municipalities from as far north as Campbell River and as far west as Port Alberni.

Participating Municipalities

  • City of Duncan
  • City of Nanaimo
  • City of Parksville
  • City of Victoria
  • Township of Esquimalt
  • District of North Cowichan
  • Town of Comox
  • Town of Ladysmith
  • Town of Lake Cowichan
  • Town of Sidney
  • District of Sooke
  • District of Central Saanich
  • District of North Saanich

Eligible Businesses

Under the Inter-Community Business Licence (ICBL) agreement, an eligible non-resident business or a business that does not have a business location in any of the Participating Municipalities may obtain a standard business licence from any one of the Participating Municipalities and then may apply for an ICBL. If a mobile business has storefronts in multiple communities, they must purchase a municipal business licence in each of those Participating Municipalities.

Licence Cost

The ICBL costs $170 annually. Other fees may apply - you can speak with the Development Services Department (contact information listed below) for more details. 

Related Documents

For more information, please contact:
Development Services