Inter-Municipal Business Licence
Metro West Inter-Municipal Business Licence
As of October 1, 2013, an Inter-Municipal Business Licence (IMBL) will be available in the Metro West region. For an additional annual $250, eligible businesses can be licensed to work in all 6 participating municipalities, eliminating the requirement to obtain a business licence in each municipality.
|City of Burnaby
||Corporation of Delta
|City of New Westminster
||City of Richmond
|City of Surrey
||City of Vancouver
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- What is an Inter-Municipal Business Licence (IMBL)?
- Who is eligible for an Inter-Municipal Business Licence (IMBL)?
Eligibility is limited to businesses, defined as trades contractors or other professionals (related to the construction industry) that provides a service or product other than from their fixed and permanent location.
Only eligible businesses which have a fixed and permanent location in one of the participating municipalities are eligible for the IMBL.
The business must hold a valid business licence in the municipality where the base operation (home based or commercial) location is situated. The IMBL must be purchased from this municipality.
A business that is issued an IMBL must comply with the bylaws of each participating municipality.
- What is the cost on an Inter-Municipal Business Licence (IMBL)?
- How long is an Inter-Municipal Business Licence (IMBL) valid?
- Where Can I Apply?
Applications should be submitted to the municipal business licensing office of your home municipality (where your business is presently located and licensed).
City of Burnaby – Licence Office located at 4949 Canada Way, Burnaby, BC V5G 1M2
- Will I Need Any Other Licenses?
Eligible businesses will still need to obtain a municipal business licence from their home municipality and a license for each fixed and permanent location they have.
The Metro West IMBL is only valid within the 6 participating municipalities; therefore businesses intending to operate in a non-participating municipality should contact the business office in that area.
- What are the Advantages of an Inter-Municipal Business Licence (IMBL)?
Businesses reduce time and cost; simplified expansion into new markets.
Residents gain more choice of contractors and service providers
Municipalities are able to provide better customer service
- What is Required Once an IMBL Has Been Obtained?
A copy of the current IMBL must be available upon request at each work location.
The business must present any required certification when requesting a permit at any of the participating municipalities.
For further information, please contact:
City of Burnaby – Licence Department
4949 Canada Way Burnaby, BC V5G 1M2 | Map