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City of Surrey and Municipal Partners Streamline Construction Business License Process

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July 23, 2013

Surrey, BC – The City of Surrey is one of a group of six partner municipalities who are participating in a two-year pilot program to streamline the application process and use of business licenses in the construction industry. Under the new program, contractors will still apply for licenses in their home municipality, however, one license will entitle the holder to work in any of the six partner municipalities.

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.

“The IMBL program will help streamline our procedures, improve efficiency and improve customer service,” says City of Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts.

“People have confidence in Surrey because we are committed to reducing unnecessary red tape and adopting best-practices for our businesses and residents,” says Councillor Linda Hepner, Chair of the Mayor’s Red Tape Reduction Committee.

Partners in the Metro West IMBL include the City of Burnaby, the Corporation of Delta, the City of New Westminster, the City of Richmond, and the City of Vancouver. The pilot begins Oct 1, 2013.

Currently five IMBL programs exist in BC 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.


Media Contact:

Amanda Silvers
Senior Communications Specialist, Office of the Mayor
City of Surrey