The City of Revelstoke works closely with new and existing businesses. The Development Services department supports business services through the following licences and permits.
- New Business Licence
All business licence applications are reviewed by Planning and Development Services 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.
- Update 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 to 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)
- Cannabis Licence
The Provincial Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch (LCRB) regulates the licensing of non-medical cannabis retail stores in British Columbia. Any Revelstoke cannabis retail application must be reviewed first by the LCRB, before being referred by the Province to the City of Revelstoke.
Once the City receives a cannabis retail application referral, the applicant is required to apply for and complete the City's Cannabis Licensing and Review application process. The LCRB requires local government input for all provincial Cannabis Retail Licence applications and Existing Licence Amendment applications. Local governments do not approve these types of applications; instead, they provide the LCRB with a Council resolution for each application. The LCRB will not process a Cannabis Retail Licence without a resolution from the applicable local government.
In addition to meeting provincial and federal requirements, provincial Cannabis Retail Licence applications must comply with City regulations, such as the Cannabis Licensing Policy, Zoning Bylaw and the Business Licensing Bylaw. Please review the following documents for compliance:
- 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.
- 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.).
Please note: that we are not accepting new permit applications for the four vendor parking locations next to Grizzly Plaza for the 2022 season, this location is now full. Please check back February 2023 for updates.
- Sign Permit
The City of Revelstoke’s Sign Bylaw No. 2054 provides regulations on all signage within the City of Revelstoke.