The City of St. John’s has launched a new business registration process that requires all commercial enterprises — including home-based businesses — in St. John’s to register with city hall.
At city council’s regular meeting Monday night, Ward 3 Coun. Bruce Tilley noted that the city earlier this year blended the business occupancy tax into the business realty tax.
“With the move to do the one tax, the city no longer conducts assessments on the individual business occupancies, and as a result
no longer collects information
specific to businesses operating in St. John’s.”
But the information is useful to city planning, said Tilley, which is why the registry has been implemented.
“There is absolutely, and I repeat, Your Worship, there is absolutely no fee associated with registering a business, and businesses can register directly on the City of St. John’s website,” Tilley told Mayor Dennis O’Keefe, adding that once registered, businesses will be listed for free in the city’s business directory and will receive an economic update newsletter.
“St. John’s has a very vibrant business community, and an increasing number of businesses are choosing to locate in our fair city,” said Tilley. “Our business community is changing rapidly, and as a city it is important that we are alert to these changes and understand the dynamics of businesses operating within our boundaries.”