The City Plan, approved by City Council on December 7, 2020, is a bold and innovative land use, policy and infrastructure framework that will guide the City as it grows to a population of two million. A number of initiatives, actions and changes need to work together to realize the vision set out in the City Plan.
The Business Licence Bylaw Renewal is one of several initiatives underway supporting the City Plan vision by streamlining and simplifying the City’s permitting, licencing and regulatory processes. A new, modern and robust Business Licence Bylaw will help ensure all businesses have access to opportunities to thrive, create and prosper.
The Business Licence Bylaw renewal will improve business licensing services for businesses and Edmontonians by:
- Providing clear, consistent, and reasonable regulations that are easier for businesses to understand and meet.
- Adjusting licensing requirements to help reduce barriers for businesses and enhance service delivery.
- Enabling the City to respond quickly and decisively to new and emerging business types.
- Improving enforceability of the regulations and alignment with regulatory and enforcement partners to facilitate a more timely and effective response to compliance-related issues.
These changes will balance streamlining processes with ensuring legislative and safety requirements are addressed. This includes ensuring the City has the ability to mitigate potential public safety risk factors associated with certain types of businesses and can support enforcement efforts if problems with a particular business emerge.