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Are you thinking of opening a small business in a commercial location? The City requires you to have a business licence and the appropriate permits in place before you can occupy and open your business. This chart is an overview of the general process that you may need to follow.
Prior to submitting your business license, we encourage you to take some time to research your business.
Determine if your location is zoned appropriately. You can do this by contacting our one-on-one support program to go through your potential locations. We can help you identify whether your dream location is zoned appropriately. While you are doing this, we suggest you arrange for a conditional lease, if you choose to sign one at this stage.
Research the regulatory requirements for other agencies, such as Alberta Health Services, and Alberta Gaming Liquor and Cannabis. Depending on your business, there may be other important regulations to consider.
The first step in the City’s permitting and licencing process is to apply for your business licence. This application will automatically trigger the next step for you in this journey, which is confirming your zoning and whether you will need a Development Permit.
There are other agencies that are required to do inspections on most businesses, including Edmonton Fire Services and Alberta Health Services. The City will refer your business to these agencies so they can complete their inspections.
Please note - Edmonton Fire Services may determine that your occupancy level is different from the Safety Codes Officer. If this is the case, please note that your final occupancy needs to be the lower of the two numbers.