Doing business in a region with 13 municipalities can be confusing. The Chamber continues to advocate for better governance through fewer governments, and we have strongly supported the Citizens' Assembly process that was started by Saanich and Victoria to explore the pros and cons of amalgamation.
One area that many municipalities have been trying to streamline is the business licence application process. The City of Victoria announced this week that it was moving the process online, enabling businesses to apply, pay and print licences without having to go into city hall.
The City of Langford offers perpetual business licences that don't need to be renewed unless the business closes or moves.
The City of Colwood also doesn't charge businesses an annual fee but does require licences to be renewed. This year, Colwood is encouraging businesses to use its online online application process.
The District of Saanich offers step-by-step instructions for businesses looking to apply for a business licence.
Businesses that carry on work across Greater Victoria can apply for Inter-Community Business Licences.