New year means new licence

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As the calendar winds down on 2015, it is once again time for Sun Peaks businesses to renew their business licence.

Last year’s expire on Dec. 31 and must be renewed by January, but there has already been a steady flow of businesses handing them into the municipality, according to chief administrative officer Rob Bremner.

“We’ve had really good response and people have been really good with getting in and getting them,” Bremner said. “When you get your notice just drop by the
(municipality) office.”

There are approximately 190 licenced businesses in Sun Peaks. Any business within the municipal boundaries requires a licence available from the Sun Peaks Mountain
Resort Municipality.

“The small businesses, especially the small village businesses, are crucial to guest experience. Without guest experience, we don’t have repeat customers,” said Mayor Al Raine.

The fees collected from business licences will be spent annually to benefit the business community, according to the municipality bylaw.

“There’s no question a lot of the businesses are directly involved in providing tourism services, and then there’s a whole bunch of businesses that are indirectly involved,” Raine said. “They might not meet the tourists themselves but they’re providing the plumbing, cleaning or some service that’s behind the front desk that the average guest doesn’t see, but it’s all a critical part of delivering the product.”

More information on the requirements for business licences is available online at sunpeaksmunicipality.ca/business.

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