Business Licencing

The District of Sicamous regulates business licensing within the municipality and ensures businesses obtain and maintain a valid business licence. Sicamous Business Licences and Inter-Community Business Licences must be prominently displayed and renewed annually.

Business Licences are regulated under the Business Licensing and Regulations Bylaw. 

There is no application fee to apply for a Business Licence. 

Once a Business Licence has been approved, businesses are required to pay an annual fee based on the licence type. Business Licences must be renewed annually. Invoices are mailed in December and payment is due by the end of January. 

Annual Business Licence Fees

Sicamous Business Licence  $95
Intercommunity Business Licence $150
Mobile Vendor Business Licence  $190

New Businesses 

  • Licence fees are pro-rated 50% for new businesses who apply after September 30th.
  • There is no pro-rated fee for Intercommunity Business Licences.
  • Please note that if the licence is approved, licence fees are not refundable.

In partnership with the Provincial Ministry of Small Business and Revenue, we have entered into a Mobile Business Licence Program. With this program, a business will only have to obtain one additional business licence operate in participating communities.

An Inter-Community Business Licence is available for an additional annual fee of $150.

Certain businesses are exempt from requiring a Business Licence to operate within the municipality. Exempt businesses include:

  • Non-profit organizations.
  • Agricultural producers who are not involved in retail sales. 
  • Residents hosting a residential garage/yard sale.
    • Two (2) weekends or four (4) sale days a year per residence in single and two-family residential areas.
    • Two (2) sale days per building per year in multiple family areas. 

Please Note: Business Licence fees may be waved for non-profit organizations for special events when authorized by the Town Manager who has discretionary authority as a duly authorized representative of the District of Sicamous. 

 

Payment Options 

In person at Municipal Hall 

Pay by cash, debit or cheque at Municipal Hall located at 446 Main Street. Office hours are Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. excluding Statutory Holidays.

Please note that credit cards are not accepted.  

By Mail 

Mail cheque payable to the District of Sicamous, PO BOX 219 Sicamous BC V0E 2V0

Online Banking 

Please contact the District office at 250-836-2477 for instruction. Thank you.

 

 

Business Licensing and Regulations Bylaw 

The Business Licensing and Regulations Bylaw outlines the regulation of businesses within the District of Sicamous. 

Inter-Community Business Licence Bylaw 

The Inter-Community Business Licence Bylaw establishes the District of Sicamous' participation in the Inter-Community Business Licence Program with other participating municipalities in the region.

 

The District is working to adopt Zoning Bylaw No. 1000 which will include regulations for short term rentals. To learn more, please refer to our short term rentals page by clicking "Learn More".

Learn More!

BizPal 

BizPaL helps you find the permits and licences you may require when starting and/or operating your business. Filter permits based on your location, industry, and business activities and save the ones that apply to your situation.

OneStop Business Registry 

Apply for business registrations for a new or existing business with local, provincial and federal governments. 

Chamber of Commerce

The District of Sicamous Chamber of Commerce promotes the communities of Sicamous, Malakwa, Mara and Swansea Point, B.C. We serve our membership through education, promotion and advocacy.

Community Futures Shuswap 

Community Futures Shuswap supports small business development and rural economic diversification. Learn about Community Futures supports including business loans, COVID-19 relief for businesses and other partnerships and programs 

Small Business BC 

Resources for small businesses in B.C.

Phaedra Kennedy, Office Clerk 

Phone:  250-836-2477
Email: pkennedy@sicamous.ca