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Business Licence Bylaw Renewal

Why a Review is Needed

The current Business Licence Bylaw 13138 establishes the rules and regulations for granting licences to businesses that meet the basic criteria for doing business in Edmonton.

The current bylaw was introduced in 2002. While there have been several housekeeping amendments to the bylaw since 2002, the regulatory framework and needs of businesses have changed significantly over the past two decades and a complete review and update of the bylaw is needed.

What the Review Will Achieve

A robust and modern Business Licence Bylaw will support the City’s vision by helping to ensure all businesses are an integral part of livable, safe, and sustainable communities. It will provide businesses and industry with clear, consistent, and reasonable regulations, and allow City administration to improve the value of business licensing services for businesses.

The Business Licence Bylaw Renewal project has 3 main objectives:

  1. To remove unnecessary barriers for businesses and enhance service efficiency
  2. To enable administration to respond quickly and decisively when new business types emerge
  3. To improve alignment with regulatory partners and facilitate a more timely and effective response to compliance-related issues

The Business Licence Bylaw renewal is one of many initiatives underway to improve permit and licensing services in Edmonton.

Business Licence Bylaw Overview and Upcoming Changes

Public Engagement

Thank you to those of you who took the time to review and provide feedback on the clarity and organization of the new draft Business Licence Bylaw through our online survey, which was available from February 16-March 5, 2021.

The engagement findings will be used to refine the new bylaw to ensure it is as easy as possible to use and understand before it advances to the Urban Planning Committee and City Council.

Next Steps

The proposed new Business Licence Bylaw is targeted to go to the Urban Planning Committee (UPC) on June 29, 2021 and then to City Council for a decision.

Edmontonians can share their views directly with members of Council by registering to speak when the bylaw advances to the UPC.

If adopted by Council, the new Business Licence Bylaw will come into effect on September 1, and the existing bylaw will be repealed. In the meantime, City administration is taking steps to prepare for its implementation.

Project Timeline

September 1, 2021

Target date for the new Business Licence Bylaw to come into effect. Licences issued or renewed under the current bylaw will continue to be valid until they expire.

June 29, 2021

Target date for the proposed Business Licence Bylaw to be presented to the Urban Planning Committee (UPC) and then advance to City Council for a decision.

March-May 2021

Administration will make final edits to the draft Business Licence Bylaw based on the feedback received.

February-March 2021

Online survey to collect feedback on the clarity and organization of the draft Business Licence Bylaw. View the engagement findings.

December 2020

First draft of the new Business Licence Bylaw completed.

October 26, 2020

A reduction to small business regulations information report (item 6.1) was presented to Executive Committee. This report included 35 recommendations for changes to licensing for specific types of businesses experiencing the most challenges with the current bylaw, along with a proposed outline and fee schedule for the new bylaw. Recommendations were informed by research and consultation with internal partners and local business owners and associations.

May 21, 2019

An information report was presented to the Urban Planning Committee with 23 recommendations for the framework and fee structure of the new bylaw (item 6.1).  Recommendations were informed by a review of business licensing programs in 10 Canadian municipalities; consultation with internal partners from planning, municipal enforcement, law enforcement, safety codes, and fire prevention; and engagement with business owners and local business associations.

March 2018

Business Licence Bylaw Renewal project launch. The first step involved identifying gaps in the current legislation and potential areas for improvement.

Help us make business licensing work for you and your business!

Become Part of the Bylaw Renewal

By signing up for our stakeholder list, you will receive periodic updates on the Business Licence Bylaw Renewal process. Updates may include information about future public engagement opportunities.

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