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Please note that starting February 27, 2017 this service will be provided in Edmonton Tower at the Edmonton Service Centre.

Open Window: One-on-One Support for Small Businesses

Are you a small business owner? Is this your first or second time opening a business? Then make an appointment for one-on-one support to:

  • Understand the business licence, building permit, and development permit requirements prior to starting the process

  • Explore location options for your business

To book your Open Window for one-on-one support, please contact:

About Business Licences

If you are starting a business in Edmonton, you will need a business licence.

A business licence is a good investment. Having a licence shows your customers that you are a legitimate business that complies with local laws and regulations.

Anyone providing goods or services in Edmonton is required to have a licence.

Separate Licences for Each Location

Business licences are location-specific and you usually need a separate licence for each location from which you operate. Some exemptions to this rule are people who sell their product in a public market, exhibition hall, or are travelling or temporary sales people.

For businesses that hire subcontractors, the subcontractors must have their own business licences.

Moving or Selling the Business

If you change your operations or move your business to a new location, you will need to have your account reviewed to determine if a new development permit or business licence category is required.

Licences are non-transferable. If you sell or close down your business, please contact our office.

Getting a Business Licence

If you need a licence, here are the steps to get one:

Step 1 – Apply for a development permit

Before we can process your business licence, you need to apply for a development permit. Your proposed business will be reviewed by a development planner to determine whether it is allowed under your location’s zoning, which is set by the Zoning Bylaw.

If you will be operating a business out of a home, please submit the Home Based Business Application.

If you are operating out of a commercial or industrial location, please submit the Commercial Development Permit Application.

If the commercial development permit is for a new building that will be larger than 47 sq. metres (506 sq. ft.), or an addition to or an alteration of an existing building that will result in the building being larger than 47 sq. metres (506 sq. ft.), the Abandoned Wells Confirmation Form must be submitted with a printout of the map (or maps) that was used to confirm the absence/presence of abandoned well(s) with the permit application form.

This application form must be submitted with the following documentation:

  • The appropriate checklist:
    • Commercial Industrial Checklist - This checklist is required for construction projects for new buildings and additions
    • Multi-Unit Residential Checklist - This checklist is required for construction projects consisting of 3 or more dwellings for new apartment/condominium buildings/row housing, stacked row housing, etc.
    • Change of Use Checklist - This checklist is required when changing the use within an existing building or site (for example: changing a General Retail Store to a Restaurant)

Step 2 – Apply for a business licence

If you are operating out of a commercial or industrial location, submit this Business Licence Application at the same time as your development permit application. You can also use our online application.

If you are applying for a Home Based business licence you only need to submit the application you filled out for your development permit.

Please also remember to submit a Corporate Registry Search from the provincial government if your business is a corporation, and your site and floor plans. You should also check your business licence category to see if you have to submit other documents as well.

Step 3 – Fees and approval

Once you have submitted your application and other required documents, you will need to pay your fees before we can process it.

Once fees are paid, we will process your application. Applications for certain categories of businesses have to be sent to other agencies (such as Edmonton Police Service, Alberta Health Services, the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission or Edmonton Fire Rescue) for a recommendation before we can issue a licence. Some applications are forwarded to other agencies simply to notify them of your new business.

Business licence applications are usually processed in 1-3 weeks, however categories that require recommendations can take longer. Once your application is processed, we will either send your licence in the mail or notify you that your application has been denied.

Step 4 – Renewal

Your licence will have an expiry date on it and you must renew before that date – whether you receive a reminder from the City or not – or your licence will expire and you will have to go through all the above steps again.

To renew your licence, simply visit us at the Permits and Licensing Service Centre, renew online or call 311.

Business Licence Fees

These charts show what fees you will have to pay as part of your business licence application.

The consultations required are a list of all the other agencies that we are required to notify about or ask for a recommendation on your business licence application. This allows these other agencies to ensure that your business complies with the laws and regulations that they enforce.

General Fees

These fees apply to all business licence applications and are charged in addition to the fee for your particular business licence category. The 2017 business licence fees become effective February 1, 2017.

2016 Fees Effective until January 31, 2017

Item 2016 Fees
Service Fee (applied to all applications) $46
Consultation Fee (per consultation) $72
Fire Rescue Services Inspection Fee (if required) Low to Medium Risk: $60
High to Maximum Risk: $180
Non-Profit Organization
(reduced rate for all business licence categories)
$41
Non-Resident Fee (if you are not an Edmonton resident) $518

Fees by Category

2016 Fees Effective until January 31, 2017

Category 2016 Fees Consultations Required
Adult Theatre $2,236 Edmonton Police Service, Edmonton Fire Rescue
After Hours Dance Club $595 Edmonton Police Service, Edmonton Fire Rescue, Alberta Health Services
After Hours Dance Event $373 Edmonton Police Service, Edmonton Fire Rescue, Alberta Health Services
Alcohol Sales [Consumption Off-Premises] $225 Edmonton Fire Rescue, Alberta Health Services, Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission
Alcohol Sales [Consumption On-Premises/Minors Allowed] $225 Edmonton Fire Rescue, Alberta Health Services, Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission
Alcohol Sales [Consumption On-Premises/Minors Prohibited] $595 Edmonton Police Service, Edmonton Fire Rescue, Alberta Health Services, Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission
Amusement Establishment $225 Fire Rescue Services
Auction Establishment $225 Fire Rescue Services
Bed And Breakfast $225 Alberta Health Services
Bingo Establishment $459

Edmonton Fire Rescue, Alberta Health Services, Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission

Body Rub Centre $761 Edmonton Police Service, Edmonton Fire Rescue, Alberta Health Services
Body Rub Practitioner $225 Edmonton Police Service

Carnival

a) if 25 or more shows, games or rides: $1,781/day to a maximum of $17,808 a year

b) if less than 25 shows, games or rides: $748

Edmonton Fire Rescue, Alberta Health Services
Casino Establishment $2,983 Edmonton Fire Rescue, Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission
Commercial Leasing $225 Edmonton Fire Rescue
Commercial Schools $225 Edmonton Fire Rescue
Construction Vehicle and Equipment Sales/Rentals $225 Edmonton Fire Rescue
Delivery/Transportation Services $72/vehicle None
Escort $225 Edmonton Police Service, Alberta Health Services
Escort Agency $5,967 Edmonton Police Service, Alberta Health Services
Escort Agency (Independent) $1,061 Edmonton Police Service, Alberta Health Services
Exhibition Hall $225 Fire Rescue Services
Exotic Entertainer $225 Alberta Health Services
Exotic Entertainment Agency $5,967 Edmonton Police Service
Exotic Entertainment Venue $544 Edmonton Police Service, Edmonton Fire Rescue, Alberta Health Services
Farmers' Market $225 Fire Rescue Services
Festival $225 None
Firearm and Ammunition Dealer $225 Edmonton Police Service, Edmonton Fire Rescue
Flea Market $459 Edmonton Police Service, Edmonton Fire Rescue
Flea Market Vendor $51 None
Food Processing $225 Alberta Health Services
Funeral, Cremation, and Cemetery Services $225 Edmonton Fire Rescue
General Business $225 None
General Contractor $225 None
General Industrial $225 Edmonton Fire Rescue
Health Enhancement Centre $225 Edmonton Fire Rescue, Alberta Health Services
Health Enhancement Centre (Independent) $225 Edmonton Fire Rescue, Alberta Health Services
Health Enhancement Practitioner $87 None
Home-Based Business $50 None
Livestock Operation $225 Edmonton Fire Rescue
Major Retail Store $459 Edmonton Fire Rescue
Minor Retail Store $225 Edmonton Fire Rescue
Participant Recreation Services $225 Edmonton Fire Rescue
Pawn Shop $459 Edmonton Police Service, Edmonton Fire Rescue
Personal Service Shop $225 None
Rental Accommodation $225 Edmonton Police Service, Edmonton Fire Rescue
Restaurant or Food Service $225 Edmonton Fire Rescue, Alberta Health Services
Second Hand Store $459 Edmonton Police Service, Edmonton Fire Rescue
Small Animal Breeding and Boarding Establishment $459 Edmonton Fire Rescue
Spectator Entertainment Establishment $459 Edmonton Fire Rescue
Tobacco Sales $459 Health Canada
Travelling or Temporary Sales $225 None
Travelling or Temporary Sales (1-3 day licence) $51 None
Travelling or Temporary Food Sales $225 Alberta Health Services
Travelling or Temporary Food Sales (1-3 day licence) $51 Alberta Health Services
Vehicle Fuelling Station $225 Edmonton Fire Rescue
Vehicle Repair $225

Edmonton Fire Rescue

Vehicle Sales and Rentals $225 None

For More Information

Permits and Licensing Service Centre

Sustainable Development
5th floor, 10250 - 101 Street
Edmonton, AB T5J 3P4

Hours of Operation:
Monday to Friday
8am to 4:30pm

Telephone

In Edmonton: 311

Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

Fax 780-496-6054

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