Business Licencing

Business Licensing 

All businesses located in or providing services inside the Town of Oliver must be in possession of a valid business licence. Licences may be purchased at the Town Hall (6150 Main Street) during regular office hours. 

Business licences run for the full calendar year and are pro-rated for businesses starting up part way through the year. The standard business licence fee is $75 per year, except for certain types of businesses listed below.

Please see Business Licensing Bylaw for more information.

To apply for a business licence, please fill in the business licence application  and forward to or Town of Oliver Box 638, Oliver, BC  V0H 1T0

Downtown business area


Listed Business Licence fees (all others $75/year)
This information is provided for public convenience. Where there is a conflict between this list and the Business Licence Bylaw, the Bylaw shall be taken as correct.


Industrial and heavy commercial:



a) All heavy industrial undertakings



b) Certain construction industry components
   (i) Building supply yard
   (ii) Concrete ready-mix plant
   (iii) General contractor



c) Automobile dealership



d) Heavy machinery/equipment dealership



e) Wholesale distribution and storage



f) Light industry/heavy commercial undertakings



g) Transportation of goods



h) Transportation of people



General Commercial:



a) Hotel or motel with restaurant & lounge



b) Itinerant show or entertainment (1 day only) 



c) Mail order or catalogue shopping depot



d) Bank or credit union



e) Neighbourhood pub



f) Supermarket


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Application Form

To download a printable business licence application form in PDF format, click here. You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader (available free) installed on your computer to use this file.

What happens when I apply?

In addition to a zoning check, the Building inspector will check to see if your building is up to the standards of the British Columbia Building Code with regard to health, fire and life safety standards for your proposed class of business. If you are opening a food-related business, approval will also be required from the Provincial Health Inspector.

Once your property meets the above requirements and your fee is paid a business licence will be issued. In future years, annual permit fees are due not later than January 15, in order to avoid penalties.

What are Business Licence fees used for?

The South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce currently receives funding from the Town of Oliver, based on the net annual business licence revenues, which total approximately $25,000 per year.

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