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Project Now Underway

The project began by identifying gaps in the current legislation and areas for improvement. The project team is currently reviewing best practices in other Canadian municipalities and will be engaging with businesses and other stakeholders.  The project is expected to end in 2020.

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 business and industry with clear, consistent, and reasonable regulations; and will allow administration to improve the value of business licensing for stakeholders.

Why a Review is Needed

The Business Licence Bylaw 13138 establishes rules and regulations for granting licences to businesses that meet the basic criteria for doing business in the municipality of Edmonton. The current bylaw was introduced in 2002, and while there have been several amendments to it, it is time to review and update the complete bylaw. 

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Become Part of the Bylaw Renewal Process

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.


Project Stages

Project Planning (completed)
General Bylaw Framework, Fees, and Impact Assessment (2018 - 2019)

The project team is currently developing recommendations for a new bylaw framework and fee structure.  

There are many different ways bylaws can be written, and many ways licence fees can be set.  However, there are no clear right or wrong answers. This stage involves best practice research and engaging with business owners and other stakeholders to find out what is important to them.  

This stage also involves updating the basic licensing requirements that apply to all businesses (regardless of industry), and an impact assessment to determine what is needed to implement a new Business Licence Bylaw.   

Review of Regulated Businesses (2019 - 2020)

This stage will involve updating the licensing requirements that apply to specific businesses and industries.  The work will be organized as follows:

  • Food, Beverage, and Entertainment

  • Personal Services

  • Adult Entertainment

  • Sale of Goods

  • Travelling or Temporary Sales

  • Vehicles and Transportation (not including Vehicle for Hire)

  • Property Leasing

  • Other Businesses

For More Information

Title Business Licence Bylaw Renewal



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