The City of Surrey is partnering with the Provincial Government and several municipalities to test a mobile business licence program aimed at reducing red tape and fostering a competitive environment for investment.

As part of the pilot program, Surrey will enact an inter-municipal business licence, which allows a business owner to obtain a licence in one municipality and conduct business within the other municipalities partnering in the program.

“We know that unnecessary regulation and bureaucracy stifles investment, so we want to simplify the licensing process for business owners that operate in several municipalities,” says Mayor Dianne Watts.

The municipalities participating include Surrey, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Hope, City of Langley, Township of Langley, Maple Ridge, Mission, and Pitt Meadows.

The pilot program will focus on construction-related businesses, and the mobile business licence fee will be $250, in addition to the regular business licence fee. The revenue generated will be shared between the participating municipalities.

The Provincial Government will provide and support a database where all mobile business licence information will be stored. The pilot program will run from January 2013 to December 2013.