By Kenyon Stronski
The Business Licence Bylaw has been updated once again and was passed through Taber council’s hands at their May 9 regular meeting as ‘Proposed Business License Bylaw 8-2022’. The newly updated bylaw adds new definitions and updates to, according to the agenda, “Make Taber a business-friendly community.”
Economic Development Officer Amy Allred took the stand to present the bylaw. “I’m here today to present some changes and updates to the Business License Bylaw that was last passed in 2018, so four years ago. Many of the updates are simply to match best practices as evidenced by other municipalities or changes to provincial regulations. I’ll just give a high-level overview and then anyone can ask questions as per council discretion.”
“Busking has been defined and added to the Business License Bylaw. In terms of cannabis, we’ve updated the rules to match the provincial regulations, including businesses being allowed to offer home delivery and online sales which was changed just recently just this spring by the provincial government,” continued Allred. “According to best practices and other municipalities of our size, we’ve removed the separate fees for cannabis businesses. For food trucks, first of all, we’re delighted to share that in the past four years, three of our food trucks have become brick and mortar businesses, including Come and Eat, Loose Sodas, and Dulce Meats, who was in the curling club this year, which is great. All of the requirements for the food trucks are the same, requiring business licenses, fire inspection, AHS approval, and insurance, and I have checked in with the bylaw officers as well over the past couple of years and they’ve received a few questions about food trucks, but no complaints. Lastly, we added a section on realtors after inquiries from the public as to how out of town realtors are licensed so as per best practices in other communities we based it on their brokerage having a license — not the individual realtor.”
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