A New Business?
Important information on licences and
bylaws for new businesses in the City of Vernon.
We are here to help you through the process! The
following information has been put together for your ease of reference
and assistance. Please feel free to ask any questions along the
way. Good luck with your exciting new venture!
1. BUSINESS LICENCE BYLAW NO. 3272
Anyone who carries on business in the City of Vernon requires a
business licence, unless they are specifically exempted from the
requirement by any Provincial or Federal Statute or Regulation.
The business licence fees are determined by the type of business
conducted. The Business Licence Bylaw establishes these fees. Some
approvals or inspections may be required before the licence can
be issued. Our helpful staff will let you know which approvals or
inspections are required. The term of the licence runs to the end
of the calendar year. The licences are pro-rated, for those who
may licence after the year has commenced. To review this process
and obtain an application, please contact the Business Licence Inspector
at 250-550-3585 or Download
the Business Licence Application Form (53Kb PDF)
2. HOME OCCUPATIONS (REGULATED BY THE ZONING
Anyone intending to operate a "home based business", please
ensure that you have read the home occupation attachments, and that
you are able to comply. There are three different types of home
occupation (Major, Minor & Rural). Your property zoning will
determine which type of home occupation which you are eligible for.
Please contact our Planning, Development & Engineering Division
at 550-3578 to find out how your property is zoned and which type
of home occupation you are eligible for.
Home Based Business, Minor (65Kb PDF)
Home Based Business, Major (75Kb PDF)
Home Based Business, Minor (75Kb PDF)
3. ZONING BYLAW NO. 5000
The Zoning Bylaw ensures that the City of Vernon remains organized,
and development proceeds as per Vernon’s Official Community
Plan. Please ensure the location you have chosen for your new business
is appropriately zoned before you make any lease or purchase commitments.
The Zoning Bylaw also provides details as to required parking, landscape
screening and other land use regulations. Please contact the City
Planner at 550-3575 for more information.
4. BUILDING & PLUMBING BYLAW NO. 4900
This is the
the City’s Bylaw to provide for the administration and enforcement
of the Building and Plumbing Codes for the Province of British Columbia.
If you are conducting any renovations or contemplating a change
in use, please contact the Building Department prior to starting
so that you can determine if a Building Permit and Inspections are
required. For more information please contact the Manager of Building
& Bylaws at 550-3576.
5. FIRE PREVENTION BYLAW NO. 3065
If you are moving into a newly constructed premise, if you are
cooking/preparing food for service to the public, if you are
a manufacturer, if your business will involve paint application,
OR at the discretion of the Business Licence Inspector, an inspection
by the Fire Department will be required prior to the issuance
of a business licence. Otherwise all licence applications are
forwarded to the Fire Department after issuance, and you may
expect a Fire Inspector to come by your new business to conduct
a routine inspection. For more information regarding requirements,
please contact the Fire Department at 550-3565.
6. HEALTH INSPECTIONS
Environmental Health Officers are employees of the Regional Health
Board. If you will be preparing and serving food to the public,
a Health Officer’s signature will be required on your business
licence application form. Any complaints regarding health/hygiene
issues received at City Hall are forwarded to the Health Officers.
For more information, please call the Regional Health Office at
7. NO SMOKING BYLAW NO. 3422
NEW! Mobile Business Licence
The City of Vernon, along with Armstrong, Coldstream, Enderby, Kelowna, Keremeos, Lake Country, Lumby, Oliver, Osooyos, Peachland, Penticton, Princeton, Salmon Arm and Summerland have formed an agreement to allow contractors and other service providers the opportunity to conduct business in all of these participating jurisdictions under one Mobile Business Licence.
here to find out more!
In an effort to promote clean indoor air, the City of Vernon prohibits
or regulates smoking in most public locations. Please contact Bylaw
Enforcement at 550-3505 to determine how this bylaw impacts upon
8. COMMERCIAL VEHICLE LICENCING BYLAW NO.
This is a provincially legislated program in which the City of Vernon
participates. A decal issued in Vernon is valid in all participating
municipalities. You require a commercial decal if you have commercial
plates (ie. 4 numbers/2letters ie 2222 BX) and the vehicle is used
for any business purpose OR for a vehicle used for the collection
or delivery or both of merchandise or any other commodity in the
course of a business undertaking. The cost of decals is based on
Gross Vehicle Weight. To purchase a decal please bring your vehicle
registration to the cashier at City Hall. Fees Range from $25 to
$40. The decal does not authorize free parking at metered locations.
Loading zone use is authorized strictly for collection and delivery
purposes only. For more information, please contact the Manager, Bylaw Enforcement at 250-550-3645.
9. GOOD NEIGHBOUR BYLAW NO. 4980
In order to ensure safe pedestrian routes, this bylaw requires that
all owners or occupiers of real property shall remove snow, ice
or rubbish from the sidewalks that border on the real property owned
or occupied by them.
10. SIGN BYLAW NO. 4489
This bylaw regulates all signage within the City of Vernon. If you
are planning new signage please discuss your plans with the Building
Department and make application for a sign permit before making
any purchase arrangements. If you are assuming an existing business,
you may wish to contact us to ensure that all signage is authorized.
Please contact the Manager of Building & Bylaws at 550-3576
for more information.
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