Construction in this region is going to get a lot easier as six municipalities work together in streamlining processes.
A business licence in construction that was purchased in Surrey, will now be valid in Burnaby, Delta, New Westminster, Richmond, and Vancouver. The two-year pilot begins Oct 1, 2013.
The goal of the program, called the ‘Metro West Inter-Municipal Business License (IMBL) Program’, is intended to benefit both contractors and consumers: contractors will save time and money in not having to apply for multiple licenses, and residents will have a broader choice of contractors for hire.
Currently five IMBL programs exist in B.C. including the Capital Region, the Okanagan-Similkameen, the North Shore Municipalities, the Fraser Valley, and the Tri-Cities.
Surrey is already a partner municipality in the Fraser Valley program, which has been successfully meeting its program objectives.