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Each classification provides a brief description of the type of business and any specific rules, regulations and application requirements related to the business activity. This information is intended as a guideline to assist you in applying for a business licence; however, City staff will determine the correct business licence classifications for your business after you submit your application

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Category Description Keyword Search Additional Information

Event Production

Advertising, promoting, selling tickets for, or operating an electronic dance music event, as defined in the Electronic Dance Music Event Bylaw, Bylaw 19166 (S25c, Bylaw 19166, March 1, 2020)

Event, EDM, dance, electronic dance music, promoting, music, raves, festivals, concert, nightclubs

Adult Theatre

A facility offering video entertainment of an erotic nature, the main feature of which is the nudity or partial nudity of any person.

Nudity, Erotic, Pornography, porn shows, peep shows, live nude shows, XXX, live stream, exotic, kinky, BDSM

After Hours Dance Club

A facility with dancing to live or recorded music, including operation between the hours of 2 a.m. and 8 a.m..

Dance Club, After Hours Dance, rave club, all night dancing club, Electronic Music, EDM, rave, molly, 

After Hours Dance Event

A commercial event with dancing to live or recorded music including operation between the hours of 2 a.m. and 8 a.m. that takes place other than in an After Hours Dance Club.

After Hours Dance, After Hours Dance, Electronic Music Event, EDM, Rave, all night dancing

Alcohol Sales [Consumption Off-Premises]

Selling alcoholic beverages for consumption off the premises; typical examples are liquor stores.

Liquor sales, Breweries, liquor store, liquor, distillery, winery , Alcohol, lit, smashed, liqs, booze

Alcohol Sales [Consumption On Premises/ Minors Allowed]

Selling alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises in which minors are allowed in all areas of the premises during all hours of operation.

Liquor sales, Pubs, Bars, Lounges, Breweries, Taverns, Bakeries, Coffee Shop, liquor, Alcohol, winery,

Alcohol Sales [Consumption On Premises / Minors Prohibited]

Selling alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises in which minors are prohibited from at least some portion of the premises during at least some portion of the hours of operation.

Liquor Sales, Pubs, Bars, Lounges, Breweries, Taverns, Bakeries, Coffee Shops, Alcohol, Liquor, winery

Amusement Establishment

A facility with any table or electronic games, including video lottery terminals.

Pool Tables, board game, arcade, pinball, gaming

Auction Establishment

Selling goods by auction or the storage of such goods.

Auction Sales, Bidding, 

Body Rub Centre

A premises or any part thereof where members of the general public attend, are invited to attend, or through which they may arrange an appointment to receive the physical external manipulation of the soft tissues of the human body for a fee, including any manipulation of an adult or erotic nature, but not including Health Enhancement Centres.

Massage, adult, erotic, rub and tug, sex parlour, parlour, adult massage, adult serviced massage

Body Rub Practitioner

A person who administers or offers to administer the physical external manipulation of the soft tissues of the human body for a fee, including any manipulation of an adult or erotic nature, but not including Heath Enhancement Practitioners.

Massage, adult, erotic, rub and tug, sex parlour, parlour, adult massage, adult serviced massage, 

Bingo Establishment

A facility requiring a bingo facility licence pursuant to the Gaming and Liquor Act.

Bingo, gaming

Cannabis Cultivation Facility

The growing of Cannabis plants and the harvesting of material, including seeds or seedlings, from Cannabis plants.

Cannabis, marijuana, weed, grow-op, hemp, reefer, loud, hash, kush, indica, sativa, hybrid

Cannabis Processing Facility

The processing, manufacturing, packaging, and labelling of Cannabis products.

Cannabis, marijuana, weed, inidca, sativa, hybrida, OG kush, reefer

Cannabis Retail Sales

The sale of Cannabis and Cannabis Accessories directly to consumers.

Cannabis, marijuana, weed, dispensary, indica, sativa, hybrid, reefer

Carnival

Operating a variety of live shows, games or amusement rides.

Carnival, Amusement Rides, Theme Park

Casino Establishment

A facility requiring a casino facility licence pursuant to the Gaming and Liquor Act.

Casino, Poker, VLT's, gaming, blackjack, roullettes, cards, gambling facility, gambling, money, 

Commercial Leasing

Offering or providing leased, rented, or temporary space for non­residential purposes.

Commercial Renting, Commercial Leasing, Property, Commercial space, Retail, Mediclinics

Commercial Schools

Any business set up for training and instruction in a specific trade, skill or service for the financial gain of the individual or company owning the school. Typical examples include secretarial, business, hairdressing, beauty culture, driving, dancing or music schools and private education services.

Commercial Schools, Trade Education, Hairdressing, Education, trade school, beauty culture, dance school, religious schools

Construction Vehicle and Equipment Sales/Rentals

Selling or renting new or previously owned motor vehicles, machinery or equipment used in the construction of buildings, roads, pipelines and other such undertakings, in oilfield or mining operations, in manufacturing, assembling or processing operations or in agricultural production.

Rent. Rental, Selling, Used, equipment, Machinery, Construction, heavy equipment sales, contruction equipment, heavy duty, contractor, subcontract, lease, sublease

Delivery/Transportation Services

Providing vehicles for the delivery or transportation of goods, including fleet services. 

Trucks, Fleet Services, Transportation, Delivery, logistics, courier, logistics, distribution, Purolator, FedEx, Canada Post

Escort

A person who charges or receives a fee for acting as a date or providing personal companionship for a limited period of time.

Adult Entertainment, dates, dating, personals, introduction, companionship services, date for pay, exotic entertainer

Escort Agency

A person who charges or receives a fee for arranging an introduction between an Escort and another person.

Adult Entertainment, dates, dating, personals, introduction, companionship services, date for pay, exotic entertainer

Escort Agency (Independent)

A person who acts as an Escort Agency for only one Escort.

Adult Entertainment, dates, dating, personals, introduction

Exhibition Hall

Providing facilities for meetings, conferences, sales or seminars on a temporary basis.

Meeting rooms, conferences, seminars, events, hotel conference rooms, banquet facilities,  banquet, graduation parties, baby showers

Exotic Entertainer

A person who charges or receives a fee for a nude or semi-nude performance.

Adult Entertainment, dates, dating, nude, semi-nude dancers, stripper, dancer, exotic dancer, 

Exotic Entertainment Agency

Employing or acting for or on behalf of an Exotic Entertainer. 

Adult Entertainment, dates, dating, nude, semi-nude dancers, stripper, agent, booking, exotic dancer booking agent, dancer agency, 

Exotic Entertainment Venue

Any premises where live nude or semi-nude performances are offered.

Adult Entertainment, dates, dating, nude, semi-nude dancers, stripper, gentleman's club, strip club, exotic dance club, 

Farmers' Market

A market approved as an Alberta Approved Farmers' Market by the Province of Alberta.

Farmer's Market, Market, Public Market, Flea Market, Community Market

Festival

A public event conditionally approved by the City of Edmonton and which occurs on, or impacts, property owned, leased or controlled by the City of Edmonton.

Festival, special event, civic event, large event, public event, event on city property, 

Firearm/ Ammunition Dealer

Selling, purchasing, manufacturing, importing, exporting, repairing or altering of any firearm or ammunition.

Firearm, Ammunition, gun, weapon, bullet, rifle, handgun, shotgun, mags, 

Food Processing

Processing food or beverages in preparation for human consumption including catering services.

Processing food, Processing beverages, Food, Beverages, 

Funeral, Cremation and Cemetery Services

The preparation of the dead for burial, the purification and reduction of the human body by heat and the keeping of bodies in a cemetery and the holding of associated services. Including funeral homes, crematoriums, mausoleums, cinerariums and columbariums, memorial parks, burial grounds and gardens of remembrance.

Funeral, Cremation, Cemetery, embalming, burial, deceased, dead

General Business

Any Business not otherwise specified in this Schedule.

Payday Lenders, Cash advance loan businesses, Money lenders, Loan, Payday loans, Short term loans, office, administration, consultant 

General Contractor

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.

Contractor, Electrical, Plumbing, Gas, Landscaping, Concrete, Moving, Drilling, Paving, Sewer, Construction

General Industrial

Processing of raw materials; manufacturing, assembly, cleaning, servicing, testing, repairing, storage, shipping or distribution of commercial or industrial materials, goods or equipment.

Countertop fabricators, Factories, Machine shops, Metal shops, Industrial design and testing, Laboratories (non-medical), Manufacturing, Pet food manufacturing, Chemical manufacturing, Foundries, factory, plant, warehouse, industrial site, industrial business, manufacturing plant, plant, shipping/receiving, 

Health Enhancement Centre

A premises or any part thereof where members of the general public attend, are invited to attend, or through which they may arrange an appointment to receive health services, including the physical external manipulation of the soft tissues of the human body, from an accredited professional for a fee.

Massage clinics, Spas, Wellness centres, RMT, massage therapy
 

Health Enhancement Centre (Independent)

A premises that operates as a Health Enhancement Centre for only one Health Enhancement Practitioner.

Massage clinics, Spas, Wellness centres, RMT, massage therapy

Health Enhancement Practitioner

An accredited professional who receives a fee to administer health services, including the physical external manipulation of the soft tissues of the human body.

Massage therapists, RMT, massage therapy

Livestock Operation

Breeding (including any associated sale), boarding (whether for sale, shipment, inspection, appraisal, slaughter, or any other purpose), training or sale of any animal other than an animal normally considered as a domestic household pet.

Breeding, Cows, Livestock, pigs, animals, farm animals

Major Retail Store

Any business that sells any goods on a retail basis that has a total space that is greater than or equal to 600m2 or has an occupancy load higher than 60 persons or stores :flammable materials; such as high fire load materials, major chemicals or hazardous materials.

Floral arrangers, Jewelers, Seamstresses, tailors, Pet stores, Department stores, Clothing stores, Hardware stores, Hobby stores, Home and garden centres, Greenhouses, Liquor stores, Shoe stores, Sporting Goods, Shoe repair , Retail, Retail Store, 

Minor Retail Store

Any business that sells any goods on a retail basis that has a total space that is less than 600m2 and has an occupancy load of 60 persons or less and does not store :flammable materials; such as high fire load materials, major chemicals or hazardous materials.

Floral arrangers, Jewelers, clothing store, grocery store, convenience store, storefront, Pet stores, Retail, Retail Store

Participant Recreation Services

An indoor or outdoor facility for sports or active recreation where patrons are predominantly participants and spectators are generally incidental.

Sports, Soccer Statium, Basketball Court, Hockey Arena, Gym, Bowling, Laser Tag, Fitness, Dance, Soccer Dome, Statium, karate dojo, yoga studio, yoga, 

Pawn Shop

Receiving goods held as security for an advance of money.

Pawn Shop, Second Hand Goods, used goods, fronting money for goods, holding of goods for money advance, money advance company, 

Personal Services Shop

Providing services related to the care and appearance of the body or the cleaning or repair of personal effects.

Hair removal, electrolysis, waxing, non-medical laser treatments, Aesthetics, Manicures, Pedicures, Facials, Shampooing, Cutting, Removing, Coloring, Treating, Styling hair, Hair extensions, Hair replacement, Shaving, Massaging the face or scalp, Body piercing, Tanning, Tattooing, Seamstresses, tailors, dry cleaners , Reiki, Reflexology, float therapy

Public Market Organizer

The business of organizing a market open to the public or providing stalls, tables or spaces to vendors displaying goods for sale, offering goods for sale, or selling goods.

Public Market, market, vendor

Public Market Vendor

A vendor who obtains a stall, table or space from a Public Market Organizer to display goods for sale, to offer goods for sale, or to sell goods. This does not include vendors who only sell Artisan goods or food.

Public Market, market, vendor

Rental Accommodation

Providing accommodation on a temporary or permanent basis.

Accommodation, Lodging, Hotel, Hostel, Inn, Motel, Motor Inn, landlord, apartment, real estate

Restaurant or Food Service

Selling prepared food or non-alcoholic beverages for consumption on or off the premises.

Pubs, Bars, Lounges, Breweries, Taverns, Bakeries, Food Court, Coffee Shops, Grocery Store, tea shop, dining

Second Hand Store

Selling previously owned goods other than by Auction, Traveling or Temporary Sales or in a Flea Market or Farmer's Market.

Auction, Flea Market, Farmers Market, used goods

Small Animal Breeding/Boarding Establishment

Breeding (including any associated sale), boarding or training of any animal normally considered as a domestic household pet.

Breeding animals, Selling animals, Pet training, shelter, breeder, kennel, pet store, breeder, 

Spectator Entertainment Establishment

A facility offering live theatrical, musical or dance performances or showing motion pictures.

Theater, Musical, Dance, Performances, symphony, live music, movie theatre, live theatre, live music venue, 

Tobacco Sales

Selling tobacco or tobacco products including the sale of such items by vending machine.

Tobacco, Smoking, cigarettes, cigar

Traveling or Temporary Sales

Selling goods or services other than food or beverages place to place, or from a temporary location in any place where the public has an expected right of access, but not including sales to a wholesale or retail dealer in any such goods.

Temporary Sales, Temporary, vendor, pop-up,

Traveling or Temporary Food Sales

Selling food or beverages place to place, or from a temporary location in any place where the public has an expected right of access, but not including sales to a wholesale or retail dealer in any such goods.

Temporary Food Sales, Selling food, food truck, food vendor

Vehicle for Hire - Driver

A licence to drive a vehicle for hire.

Taxi, PTP, TNC, Uber, Lyft, limousine, shuttle, for hire, transportation, driver, vehicle, dispatch, limo

Vehicle for Hire - Dispatch

A licence to dispatch vehicles for hire. This includes receiving telephone or radio calls from prospective passengers and directing a person operating a vehicle for hire to the passenger's location, offering or operating a mobile application, transportation network, or other electronic service that receives requests for prospective passengers and connects request to person operating a vehicle for hire, or any other action that results in a passenger and vehicle for hire being in the same place at the same time for the purpose of providing the passenger with vehicle for hire services. 

Taxi, PTP, TNC, Uber, Lyft, limousine, shuttle, for hire, transportation, driver, dispatch, vehicle, broker, company, taxi company, service, limo

Vehicle for Hire - Vehicle

A motor vehicle used or offered for the transportation of at least one passenger in return for compensation from any place within the City to a destination either within or outside of the City.

Taxi, PTP, TNC, Uber, Lyft, limousine, shuttle, for hire, transportation, driver, vehicle, taxi plate, plate, medallion, limo

Vehicle Fuelling Station Vehicle Repair

On-site sale of gasoline, propane or any other motor vehicle fuel product.

Gasoline, Propane, diesel, gas station, fuelling station

Vehicle Repair

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.

Vehicle repairs, Repairs, Cars, Vehicle, mechanic, body shop, AMVIC, autobody, mechanical repairs

Vehicle Sales/Rentals

Selling or renting new or previously owned motor vehicles, or non­motorized recreational vehicles such as tent trailers, boats and other similar craft, but not including Construction Vehicle and Equipment Sales/Rentals or the sale ofless than 5 previously owned vehicles per calendar year.

Vehicle selling, Rentals, Cars, Vehicle, resale, car dealership, car rental agency