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Trades-related companies to benefit from integrated licences

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – A new pilot project is making it easier for the Lower Mainland’s trade-related businesses, such as plumbing and electrical companies, to work in various cities.

Up until now, a company had to apply for a business licence for each municipality it did work in. Now, one inter-municipal licence will cover six Lower Mainland cities.

Phil Hochstein with the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association says it means more companies will comply with the licence requirement.

“Frankly, half the time contractors forget to get a licence because they’re finished a job before they bother getting it. Now, more contractors will comply because it’s much easier and much more efficient,” he says, noting with more compliance municipalities stand to increase revenue from licencing.

“So now you get one licence and municipalities get their fair share and members of the construction industry don’t have to waste time lining up at various municipalities.”

This type of amalgamated licencing is already in effect in the Okanagan and Vancouver Island.