The City of Revelstoke works closely with new and existing businesses. The Development Services department supports business services through the following licences and permits.
- Business Licence
All business licence applications are review by the Development Services Department and regulated through the Business Licence Bylaw and the Inter-Community Business Licence Bylaw. Business Licence fees are charged on an annual basis and outlined in the Fees & Charges Bylaw.
- Change to an Existing Business Licence
If your business changes (i.e. location, ownership, name, use), it is a requirement to update your Busines Licence with the City, in order to maintain the validity of the business’s licence. The types of changes the City is concerned with are name changes, ownership changes, location changes and update of use of the business. To recognize the change to your business, the City will require a completed Update to an Existing Licence Application. For some changes, such as location or use changes, additional inspections may be required.
- Cancelling a Business Licence
Once a Business Licence is issued it will auto-renew on December 31st, on an annual basis, unless it is formally cancelled. Cancelling the Business Licence is the responsibility of the Business Licence holder and must be done immediately to avoid unwanted, additional charges associated with a business that is no longer operational. If you wish to cancel your Business Licence, please fill out the cancellation form.
- Encroachment Permit
For business owners who wishes to encroach on City sidewalks or road rights-of-way with retail displays (sandwich boards or additional outdoor seating areas (i.e. patio)
- Liquor Licence
The Provincial Liquor Control and Licensing Branch (LCLB) regulates the licensing of all liquor establishments and the retail sale of alcohol in British Columbia. The City of Revelstoke is referred on a number of these applications, including liquor primary applications and other licence endorsements. The City also reviews requests for patio expansions and extensions to hours of operation.
Local government comment is a key component of the LCLB’s licensing decisions. Council recognizes the importance of public entertainment venues, including liquor establishments, as a component of all vibrant cities. Managing the priorities of all community stakeholders is a delicate balance.
Liquor licence application process:
- Review the City's Liquor Licensing Policy to ensure you meet the requirements.
- Submit application to the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch (LCRB), which will in turn send a referral to the City to provide comments.
- The City will submit comments on the application or as per the City's Liquor Licensing Policy, the applicant may then need to submit a City of Revelstoke Liquor Licence Application Form to Development Services.
- The City application is reviewed by various departments prior to staff preparing a recommendation for Council’s consideration.
- Public input is sought when the application is brought forward for consideration during a regular Council meeting.
- Once Council passes a resolution, it’s forwarded to the LCRB; provincial staff make the final decision.
- Mobile Vendor
Mobile vending is business that is carried out entirely from a mobile unit, whereby, the entire stock of goods, wares, merchandise, or foodstuffs offered for sale is actually carried and contained within a unit that is designed to be or is mobile at the time the items are offered for sale within a fixed period of time (i.e. Food trucks and trailers, bicycles, carts, etc.).