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 aimed at streamlining and simplifying the City’s permitting, licensing and regulatory processes. A new, modern and robust Business Licence Bylaw helps create the conditions for businesses to thrive and prosper as envisioned by The City Plan.
The new Business Licence Bylaw 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 balance streamlining processes with ensuring legislative and safety requirements are addressed. This includes ensuring the City has the ability to mitigate public safety risk factors and can support enforcement efforts if problems with a particular business emerge.