Previously, all trades working on a non-residential development were required to purchase their own business license. This process was more costly to projects and risked project delays associated with coordinating and ensuring each trade/sub trade and contractor had a business license. Moving forward, building permit applicants will obtain a single site license to cover all trades/sub trades involved in a non-residential or multi-residential development. This new process aligns with the direction of Community Growth and Investment to make the development process in Okotoks easier. The project, and all of the trades working on it, are covered under the site license even if the work extends across more than one calendar year. Moreover, the change creates a more level playing field with single and semi-detached residential projects, which are already subject to site licensing.
There are cost savings to both the Town and the project. For example, if you had 20 businesses working on one project, and each were located in Foothills County, the individual licenses would amount to 20 x $278 = $5,560 but the site license might be only $800. If the trades/sub trades are required to pay their own business license fees, these fees may be billed back to the Developer when invoicing for work completed.
The difference between individual licenses and site licensing saves the project money and potential delays relating to licensing compliance action. Without a more efficient system, administration costs and enforcement costs to follow up on individual licenses for all trades/sub trades could be reflected in higher business licensing fees in the future.