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If you want to start a new business in Edmonton, you need to have both a business licence and a development permit.

A business licence shows the public that your business complies with local regulations and is permitted to operate in Edmonton. This adds value to your business and protects customers from fraudulent operations.

A development permit shows that the Zoning Bylaw allows your particular business to be in a specific location.
Business Licence applications can be made online.

Business Licence Approval Process

  • The applicant submits a business licence application including all applicable fees.
    • A business licence won’t be issued until all information and payments have been received;
    • Upon receipt of the application, the licence approval process may take up to several weeks.
  • Certain business licence applications may require circulation to the Edmonton Police Service, Edmonton Fire Rescue or Alberta Health Services for comment.
  • An officer will review the application and any additional input to ensure compliance with the Business Licence Bylaw.
    • The officer will inform the applicant of any issues with the application.
  • A business licence is issued where the application meets the requirements of the Business Licence Bylaw.
  • The City can suspend, cancel, or place special conditions on a business licence if the operator is violating the Business Licence Bylaw or if it is in the public interest to do so.

Regulations for Industrial Operations and Trade Businesses

General Industrial
This category is described as "processing of raw materials; manufacturing, assembly, cleaning, servicing, testing, repairing, storage, shipping or distribution of commercial or industrial materials, goods or equipment."

There are additional application requirements for this licence:

  • An acceptable fire inspection approved by Edmonton Fire Rescue is required before a licence can be issued. The application is automatically referred to Edmonton Fire Rescue for an inspection.

There are no special business licence regulations for this category, other than the need for a licence.

Food Processing
This category is described as "processing food or beverages in preparation for human consumption, including catering services."

There are additional application requirements for this licence:

  • An acceptable fire inspection approved by Edmonton Fire Rescue is required before a licence can be issued. The application is automatically referred to Edmonton Fire Rescue for an inspection.

There are no special business licence regulations for this category, other than the need for a licence.

Alberta Health Services is also notified when an application is submitted in this category.

General Contractor
This category is described as "providing services with respect to the erection, alteration, cleaning, moving, repair or demolition of buildings or structures; excavation; landscaping; concrete preparation or delivery; electrical systems; drilling; heating or air conditioning systems; plumbing; paving; and road, sewer or other such construction."

There are no special business licence regulations for this category, other than the need for a licence.

Vehicle Repair
This category is described as "the general maintenance or repair of motor vehicles or non-motorized recreational vehicles such as tent trailers, boats and other similar craft, including vehicle painting or body repair."

There are additional application requirements for this licence:

  • An acceptable fire inspection approved by Edmonton Fire Rescue is required before a licence can be issued. The application is automatically referred to Edmonton Fire Rescue for an inspection.
  • A valid Alberta Motor Vehicle Industry Council (AMVIC) licence is also required to issue the municipal business licence.

There are no special business licence regulations, other than the need for a licence.

Delivery and Transportation Services
This category is described as "providing vehicles for the delivery or transportation of goods, including fleet services." There are no special business licence regulations for this category, other than the need for a licence.

Renewing a Licence

  • A City of Edmonton business licence must be renewed every year.
  • Licences must be renewed before the expiry date; otherwise re-application for a licence will be required.
  • A renewal notice will be sent to the business address on file about a month before the current licence expires.
  • Payment for the renewal can be made online, by mail, by fax or in person.

Related Fees and Permits

  • Licence fees change yearly and are based on the type of business activity.
  • Consultation or inspection fees may apply in addition to licence fees. These are a one-time cost provided operations or ownership doesn’t change.
  • If you provide goods or services in Edmonton, but your business is based in another community, you will need a non-resident licence. Non-resident businesses are required to pay an additional non-resident fee to ensure that the business pays for the use of municipal roads and services that would otherwise be covered by property taxes.
  • If your business hires subcontractors, the subcontractors must have their own business licences.

For More Information

Ken Mamczasz, P.Eng.

Economic and Environmental Sustainability
Sustainable Development
9th Floor, Edmonton Tower
10111-104 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB T5J 0J4

Title Director, Economic Investment & Development
Telephone

780-496-6036

Email ken.mamczasz@edmonton.ca

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