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Licence categories and regulations for entertainment venue and hall rental businesses.

The City of Edmonton’s Business Licence Bylaw outlines the following categories and regulations for businesses that are entertainment venues, except those places that would be considered part of the hospitality industry (bars, restaurants, night clubs).

Amusement Establishment

This category is described as "a facility with any table or electronic games, including video lottery terminals."

There are no special business licence regulations for this category, other than the need for a licence. Edmonton Fire Rescue is asked for a recommendation on applications for this category of business.

Bingo Establishment

This category is described as "a facility requiring a bingo facility licence pursuant to the Gaming and Liquor Act."

There are no special business licence regulations for this category, other than the need for a licence. Edmonton Fire Rescue is asked for a recommendation and the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission is notified when an application is submitted for this category of business.

Carnival

This category is described as "operating a variety of live shows, games or amusement rides."

There are no special business licence regulations for this category, other than the need for a licence. Edmonton Fire Rescue is asked for a recommendation and Alberta Health Services is notified when an application is submitted for this category of business.

Casino Establishment

This category is described as "a facility requiring a casino facility licence pursuant to the Gaming and Liquor Act."

There are no special business licence regulations for this category, other than the need for a licence. Edmonton Fire Rescue is asked for a recommendation and the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission is notified when an application is submitted for this category of business.

Dance Club

This licence category is no longer issued.

This category is described as "a facility with dancing to live or recorded music but without the sale of alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises."

There are no special business licence regulations for this category, other than the need for a licence. If you are currently licensed as a Dance Club, you will be required to find a new category for your business when your licence expires in 2012. Most businesses previously licensed under this category best fit in the Participant Recreation Services category below.

Exhibition Hall

This category is described as "providing facilities for meetings, conferences, sales or seminars on a temporary basis."

There are no special business licence regulations for this category, other than the need for a licence. Edmonton Fire Rescue is asked for a recommendation on applications for this category of business.

Festival

This category is described as "an event that is recognized by the City of Edmonton's Civic Events Office."

Vendors operating within a licensed festival do not need a licence of their own.

There are no special business licence regulations - other than the need for a licence - however there are special application requirements for this category.

Application Requirements

Applications must include proof that your festival is recognized by the City of Edmonton's Civic Events Office or the Edmonton Arts Council.

Participant Recreation ServicesParticiapnt Recreation

This category is described as "an indoor or outdoor facility for sports or active recreation where patrons are predominantly participants and spectators are generally incidental."

There are no special business licence regulations for this category, other than the need for a licence. Edmonton Fire Rescue is asked for a recommendation on applications for this category of business.

Spectator Entertainment Establishment

This category is described as "a facility offering live theatrical, musical or dance performances or showing motion pictures."

There are no special business licence regulations for this category, other than the need for a licence. Edmonton Fire Rescue is asked for a recommendation on applications for this category of business.

For More Information

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