Every organization that conducts business within the boundaries of the City of Merritt, including home-based operations and transient operators like couriers, are required to maintain a current business licence. Business licences are valid, typically from the first day of the calendar year to the last day of the year, and must be renewed every year. If you renew your business licence before the due date (which will be February 7, 2024 this year), you will receive a 10% discount off the $150 business licence fee and your discounted rate would be $135.

Note that if you renew your business licence between February 7 and April 10, 2024, you will have to pay the standard $150 renewal rate. If you fail to renew your licence before the April 10, 2024, deadline, a 20% fine will be added, requiring you to pay an increased rate of $180.

If you obtain a new business licence in the middle of the year, it would be prorated.  For example a licence obtained in July would be $90. Businesses operating without a licence are subject to penalties.

Business License Fee:  $150   |  10% Discount |   Due February 7, 2024

When you renew your business licence, please inform us of any changes, such as a change of address/location, change of ownership/name, property renovations, etc. If, for example, you made changes to your property, you may require an inspection. Also please ensure we have your website address and email.

Licence change requests, as well as new applications, can be submitted on the Business Licence Application Form.

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Economic Development

Phone: (250) 378-4224