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June 21, 2017, 1:15 pm

Lake Country Adopts Innovative Business Licensing Bylaw

District of Lake Country

LAKE COUNTRY – No fee business licence in the first year of operation starting 2018.

Lake Country is moving ahead with a new Business Licensing Bylaw that will speed up the licensing process, reduce costs for start-ups, and improve the service for business owners. This “made in Lake Country” bylaw offers a first-year free approach to fees starting in 2018. Based on research, a first-year free business licence does not exist in any other community.

“We are very excited to be offering this innovative approach to business licensing by offering free business licences to new start-ups in their first year of operation.  Local businesses and the people we serve together are the backbone of the economy. For many businesses, their first year can be the most challenging,” explains Jamie McEwan, Community Development Manager for Lake Country. “The District wants to see more start-ups in the community, while at the same time continue to see existing businesses thrive.”

Improvements to business licensing in the community include:

  • As of January 1, 2018, businesses in their first year of operation enjoy free Lake Country business licences;
  • Timelines for processing business licence applications have been reduced; and
  • A survey has been added to all applications and renewal notices so that the District gets ongoing and consistent feedback from local businesses. This builds upon other economic development work such as Business Walks and site visits that the District does to understand the business community’s needs.

“The new bylaw builds on the great work that Council has completed to make the District more business friendly,” Mayor James Baker explains. “We are always looking at new ways to provide the best possible experience for businesses in the community. In 2016 Lake Country received an ‘Open for Business’ award from the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) and was acknowledged as a leader among other BC communities.”

Following research, review and public consultation, Business Licensing Bylaw 1000 was adopted at the June 6, 2017 Regular Council meeting.
 
For more information contact: Jamie McEwan, Community Development Manager
District of Lake Country
Tel 250-766-5650 or jmcewan@lakecountry.bc.ca

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