Burns Lake adds new categories and fees to business license bylaw

The Village of Burns Lake has added new categories to its business license bylaw

The Village of Burns Lake has added new categories to its business license bylaw, including seasonal businesses, temporary vendors and non-profit organizations.

Under the previous business license bylaw, these kinds of businesses fell under the same category and were charged the same rate of $110.

Under the new bylaw, seasonal business licenses will cost $55; temporary vendor permits will cost $25; and non-profit organization business licenses will be exempt.

All resident businesses – identified in the bylaw as businesses that are located within the village boundaries – are required to pay an annual fee of $110 regardless of their size, unless they fall under one of the new categories created in the bylaw – seasonal business, temporary vendor or non-profit organization.

Under the previous bylaw, home-based businesses were also required to pay the full rate of $110. Now, however, a home-based business may fall under one of the new categories, depending on their business activity.

“These additional categories come with different rates and may be a better fit for a home-based business,” explained Krystin St. Jean, Economic Development Officer for the Village of Burns Lake.

The new fees will be effective when the bylaw is adopted at the next council meeting set for Dec. 8, 2015.