The District recognizes the value of small businesses to the community and is committed to helping entrepreneurs establish themselves and their business. If you are interested in starting a business in the District of Sparwood, please review our Business Licence Brochure, the Business Licence Bylaw and complete the Business License Application.
The Business Licence must be visibly displayed on the premises. Licence holders operating a mobile business must carry the licence on his or her person while working in Sparwood. Licences are valid for one year.
Beginning January 1, 2017, the Districts of Sparwood and Elkford and the City of Fernie will be entering into an inter-municipal licensing scheme which streamline the licensing process, increase compliance and provide residents with a wider choice of service providers. The new scheme will enable a mobile business in Sparwood to purchase a base business licence from the District and the ICBL which would enable the business to operate in Fernie and Elkford in addition to Sparwood. Non-resident businesses such as those from Cranbrook or the Crowsnest Pass would be able to purchase a base licence and ICBL from the community of their choice.
If your business operates in more than one jurisdiction in the Elk Valley, the new Inter-Community Business Licence could save you time and money. Typical mobile businesses include trades, plumbers, electricians, cleaning services, pest control, or similar.
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