The City of Lloydminster has announced a new business bylaw, which will come into effect later this year.
At last week’s council meeting, Coun. Jason Whiting introduced the bylaw, which will see increases to permits to operate businesses in the city of Lloydminster.
Whiting said during the introduction of the new bylaw that it will be cleaner than the one that is over 12 years old.
“There are less categories in the new business bylaw,” he said. “There are three major categories in the new business licence bylaw. In-town businesses, out of town businesses and home businesses will be three new categories.”
Whiting said that the business bylaw will come into effect on Dec. 1.
During the debate, Coun. Ken Baker brought up the Lloydminster Exhibition Grounds, and venues like the exhibition grounds, where businesses from outside of the area can rent the facility and not have to adhere to the new business bylaw.
Baker said that an equal playing field for all businesses in the area is the right way to go.
“It has nothing to do with trade shows, or cattle shows, it’s just that if someone decided to bring in 500 horse trailers to the exhibition grounds, and sell them without a licence, and we have dealers in the area, who are selling with a business licence, and I don’t think that is a fair level playing field,” he said.
Baker said that non-profit organizations and mom-and-pop trade shows were not his major concern over the new business bylaw.
Whiting said what Baker brought up during the meeting was a different perspective, and was needed for an issue like this.
“The issue around sales and businesses renting out facilities like the Lloydminster Exhibition Grounds is valid, but it’s only temporary,” he said. “And those smaller business who are coming into Lloydminster for trade shows, being that they are in a location temporarily, they don’t need a business licence.”
Asked if he thought that this new bylaw will give a leg up to businesses who do rent out facilities in the city, Whiting said that he doesn’t believe so.
“I don’t know if it’s the case, but there is a fee for having a business licence in the city of Lloydminster, so I’m not sure if that fee warrants enough of an advantage to those businesses over another local business,” he said.
According to the official bylaw, other businesses are also exempt from the new business licence bylaw.
Business carried on within the limits of the Lloydminster and District Exhibition Grounds at any time throughout the calendar year; any person under the age of 18 years providing an individual light duty occasional service such as those including paper deliveries, babysitting, yard work, snow shoveling; any business being operated in any City of Lloydminster facility, or by any City of Lloydminster employees or business that is operated as a subsidiary of the City of Lloydminster.
New fees will for in-town businesses will range from $25 to $500, dependent on the size and the type of business that is being operated.
Out-of-town businesses will now be charged between $225 to $360 per licence.
Home based businesses will be charged between $25 to $275 dependent on the business.
For a full list of licencing costs and where a business might fall, visit lloydminster.ca/bylaws.