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Business Licence Bylaw No. 167, 2021

After giving Notice that Council intends to consider a new Business Licence Bylaw, and reviewing the comments received, on July 21, 2021, Council gave third reading to the Bylaw. Adoption will be considered at a subsequent meeting, after which licensing by January 1, 2022 would be required.

Establishing a Business Licence Bylaw is a Council strategic priority and a foundational action in the District’s Economic Development Strategy (2018).

Notice of Intent to Adopt New Business Licence Bylaw

The District of Lantzville Council, at the regular Council meeting at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 to be held electronically by Zoom, intends to consider a new Business Licence Bylaw, before considering adoption at a subsequent meeting.

Under the Local Government Act and the Community Charter, Council has the authority to establish a system of business licensing to regulate businesses in the District of Lantzville.

To date, the District has not had a Business Licence Bylaw in place. Establishing a Business Licence Bylaw is a Council strategic priority and a foundational action in the District’s Economic Development Strategy (2018).

Why is a Business Licence Bylaw Important?

A business licensing program will create an inventory of businesses operating within the District, along with detailed, up-to-date contact information that can be used in the event of an emergency or other situation that may affect businesses. For example, having a detailed database of businesses will assist Lantzville Fire Rescue Services in completing required safety inspections and responding to fire incidents.

The list of licensed businesses will also be a resource for the public searching for services or products to shop local.

Through licensing, the District can collect important statistics about trends in the local economy to assist with policy decisions. Once detailed statistics are available, the District can use this information in grant applications for community economic development funding.

Finally, few options exist to regulate businesses that violate public health and safety regulations. Licensing supports public safety by providing a mechanism to regulate businesses that operate in contravention of building and fire codes, District land use regulations, community health and safety requirements, and other Federal and Provincial statutes.

What do I need to know about the new Business Licence Bylaw?

If you are a business operator or have an interest, it is recommended that you review the entire proposed Business Licence Bylaw No. 167, 2021 as at June 16, 2021 (second reading) and background information on this page.

Here are some important things for you to know about the new Business Licence Bylaw:

• A business is defined as “the carrying on of a commercial or industrial activity of any kind or nature or the providing of professional, personal or other service for the purpose of gain or profit but does not include any activity carried on by the government, its agencies or government owned corporations.”

• Businesses operating within the District will be required to have an approved Business Licence in place for January 1, 2022.

• Businesses will need to be renew their Business Licences annually to ensure that the District has an up-to-date record of operating businesses.

• The Business Licence Bylaw differentiates between Lantzville-based and non-Lantzville-based businesses.

• The Business Licence Fee will be $100 for regular businesses and $50 for Home Based Businesses. Renewal will be free if renewed by December 31st each year, except for non-Lantzville-based businesses, for which renewal will cost $50.

• Business Licences are not required for several activities, including registered societies or charitable organizations and fundraising.

Have Questions?

Questions can be directed to Kyle Young, Director of Planning & Community Services, at 250.933.8083 or kyoung@lantzville.ca.

How Can I Provide Input?

If you believe your interests will be affected by the proposed Business Licence Bylaw, you can submit input in two ways:

1. WRITTEN INPUT

Written input must include your name and civic address and can be submitted by:

• Email: district@lantzville.ca

• Fax: 250.390.5188

• In person: to the drop box at Municipal Hall, 7192 Lantzville Road, or

• Mail: District of Lantzville, 7192 Lantzville Road, PO Box 100, Lantzville, BC V0R 2H0.

All written submissions, including names and addresses, will become part of the public record, be shared with Council and posted at www.lantzville.ca, and MUST be received by 12:00 Noon on Wednesday, July 21, 2021.

2. VERBAL INPUT You can provide verbal input directly to Council at the July 21, 2021 Council meeting. To speak at the meeting using the Zoom Webinar platform (via telephone, computer, tablet, or smartphone), please visit www.lantzville.ca and follow the instructions to register in advance through Zoom. If you do not receive an email confirming your registration, please email district@lantzville.ca.

Any submissions received after the close of the meeting will not be considered by Council.

BACKGROUND

Watch for updates to this page, including a copy of the Community Notice mailed to postal boxes.

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