If you are operating a business in the City of Fernie you need a valid Business License. Business means the carrying on of a commercial or industrial undertaking of any kind or nature or the providing of professional, personal, or other services for the purpose of gain or profit and shall be deemed to include the subsidiary businesses which are an integral part of the principal business.
The primary purpose of a Business License is to ensure that the City's municipal land use regulations, building and fire codes and other community safety requirements are followed by businesses. The Business License program also collects important statistical information about local business activities in order to understand trends that impact City policy decisions.
To obtain a Business License please call the Bylaw Enforcement Officer at 250.423.6817
BUSINESS LICENSE APPLICATION
ALL BUSINESS OPERATING WITHIN THE CITY OF FERNIE FOR ANY DURATION ARE REQUIRED TO HOLD A VALID BUSINESS LICENSE ISSUED PURSUANT TO THE BUSINESS LICENSING AND REGULATION BYLAW No. 2028.
Please read the form and provide the information as required. Attach copies of any professional certificates and/or Provincial company registration documents. Copies of trade certification are required for plumbers. Copies of reports from the Public Health Inspector are required for all restaurants, cafes, mobile vendors, and any other establishment selling food. Food Safe certificates are required for anyone handling food.
NO BUSINESS LICENSE WILL BE ISSUED UNTIL PROPER DOCUMENTATION IS PROVIDED.
New businesses or businesses that change the nature of their business will be required to pass inspection by the City of Fernie Building Inspector and Fire Inspector. The Building Inspector can be contacted at 423-2229 and the Fire Inspector at 423-4226 to arrange a convenient time.
New businesses and businesses where there is a change in nature of the business also need to meet the requirements of the Consolidated Zoning Bylaw No. 1750. If signs are to be erected application and approval must be completed before a sign is erected. (see Bylaw No. 1888, 2001)
Business Licenses are valid from May 1st to April 30th the following year. The cost of a Business License is $80 per license year.
Mobile Vending Business Licenses have additional fees and limitations on conducting business within the City of Fernie. These can be obtained at City Hall or by phoning the Business Licensing Officer at (250) 423-2244.
All applications can be obtained from Fernie City Hall located at 501 – 3rd Avenue or downloaded from the City of Fernie website at ww.Fernie.ca.
Renewal notices will be mailed to the mailing address provided on your application
UPDATING BUSINESS LICENSE INFORMATION
(This applies to changes in location addresses, mailing addresses, change in ownership and changes in name of business. It does not apply to changes in the nature of business for which the original business license was granted.)
Business License holders are required to obtain a Business License Application and indicate the nature of the change, the business name and business license number (Customer number). Complete and sign the application. A change in mailing address does not require an application to be submitted. Information identifying the business and the changes to be made to the mailing address is sufficient.
Failure to obtain a business license is an offence punishable under the Business Licensing and Regulation Bylaw No. 2028.
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