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Licence categories and regulations for retail, sales, and rental businesses.

There is a range of retail, sales and rental business categories.

The City of Edmonton’s Business Licence Bylaw outlines the following categories and regulations for retail, sales, and rental businesses:

Auction Establishment

This category is described as "selling goods by auction or the storage of such goods."

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.

Construction Vehicle and Equipment Sales or Rentals

This category is described as "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."

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.

Farmers' Market

This category is described as "a market as approved by the Alberta Approved Farmers’ Market Program administered by Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development."

Vendors operating within a licensed farmer's market 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. Edmonton Fire Rescue is asked for a recommendation on applications for this category of business.

Application Requirements

Applications must include proof that you are a member of the Alberta Approved Farmer’s Market Program administered by Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development.

Firearm and Ammunition Dealer

This category is described as "selling, purchasing, manufacturing, importing, exporting, repairing or altering of any firearm or ammunition."

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 Edmonton Police Service is notified when an application is submitted for this category of business.

Flea Market

This category is described as "the sale of new or used goods by multiple vendors renting tables or space in an enclosed building. Vendors may vary from day to day, although the general layout of space to be rented remains the same. The goods sold are generally household items, tools, electronic equipment, food products or concessions, plants, clothing and furniture. Such operations are usually conducted on weekends and holidays only. Does not include Farmers’ Markets, Festivals or Second Hand Stores."

There are special regulations and application requirements for this category. Edmonton Fire Rescue and the Edmonton Police Service are asked for a recommendation on applications for this category of business.

Application Requirements

Applications must include:

  • If you are a corporation, you need to submit the full name, date of birth, and recent Edmonton Police Information Check for all primary managers, owners, partners, directors and officers of the corporation.
  • If you are an individual, you need to submit your full name, date of birth, and recent Edmonton Police Information Check.

Regulations

Flea Markets must:

  • Maintain a record of all vendors including the full name, date of birth, residential address, telephone number, licence number, and information from one piece of government issued identification.
  • Maintain a record of the type of goods sold by each vendor.
  • Only permit Flea Market Vendors that have been licensed by the City of Edmonton to buy or sell goods at your market.

Please make sure you understand these regulations, which are outlined in the Business Licence Bylaw. If you require more information or clarification of these regulations, contact us by calling 311.

Flea Market Vendor

This category is described as an "individual vendor that is operating within a Flea Market."

There are no special application requirements, however there are special regulations for this category.

Regulations

Flea Market Vendors must:

  • Maintain an inventory of all goods bought and sold.
  • Produce the inventory when it is requested by a Peace Officer.
  • Only buy or sell the following goods:
    • goods that have been donated to you for resale to raise money for a charity.
    • books, magazines, comic books, or similar publications.
    • furniture.
    • rugs or carpets.
    • clothing.
    • sports trading cards.
    • building supplies such as windows, doors, flooring, fixtures, or similar items.
    • auto parts other than stereo systems.
    • antiques other than jewellery.
    • household goods such as cutlery, dishes, glassware, lamps, or similar items.
    • large electrical appliances such as refrigerators, freezers, stoves, washing machines, clothes dryers, dishwashers, or similar items.
    • any other goods permitted by the City.

Please make sure you understand these regulations, which are outlined in the Business Licence Bylaw. If you require more information or clarification of these regulations, contact us by calling 311.

Pawn Shop

This category is described as "receiving goods held as security for an advance of money."

There are special regulations and application requirements for this category. Edmonton Fire Rescue and the Edmonton Police Service are asked for a recommendation on applications for this category of business.

Application Requirements

Applications must include:

  • If you are a corporation, you need to submit the full name, date of birth, and recent Edmonton Police Information Check for all primary managers, owners, partners, directors and officers of the corporation.
  • If you are an individual, you need to submit your full name, date of birth, and recent Edmonton Police Information Check.
  • The full name, date of birth, and job title of everyone working in your business.

Regulations

Pawn Shops must comply with significant regulations related to the handling and storage of goods, including a requirement that you not accept goods from anyone under the age of 18 and record goods with Business Watch International.

Please make sure you understand these regulations, which are outlined in the Business Licence Bylaw. If you require more information or clarification of these regulations, contact us by calling 311.

Rental Accommodation

This category is described as "providing accommodation on a temporary or permanent 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 and Alberta Health Services is notified when an application is submitted for this category of business.

Retail Store

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There are two categories for retail stores: Major and Minor Retail Stores.

A Major Retail Store is described as "any business that sells any goods on a retail basis that has a total space that is greater than or equal to 600 square metres, or has an occupancy load higher than 60 persons, or stores flammable materials; such as high fire load materials, major chemicals or hazardous materials."

A Minor Retail Store is described as "any business that sells any goods on a retail basis that has a total space that is less than 600 square metres 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."

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

Second Hand Store

This category is described as "selling previously owned goods other than by Auction, Traveling or Temporary Sales or in a Flea Market or Farmer’s Market."

There are special regulations and application requirements for this category. Edmonton Fire Rescue and the Edmonton Police Service are asked for a recommendation on applications for this category of business.

Application Requirements

Applications must include:

  • If you are a corporation, you need to submit the full name, date of birth, and recent Edmonton Police Information Check for all primary managers, owners, partners, directors and officers of the corporation.
  • If you are an individual, you need to submit your full name, date of birth, and recent Edmonton Police Information Check.
  • The full name, date of birth, and job title of everyone working in your business.

Regulations

Second Hand Stores must comply with significant regulations related to the handling and storage of goods, including a requirement that you not purchase goods from anyone under the age of 18 and record goods with Business Watch International.

Please make sure you understand these regulations, which are outlined in the Business Licence Bylaw. If you require more information or clarification of these regulations, contact us by calling 311.

Street Vending

If you are selling your product on a public street or other public space, you will require a street vending permit in addition to your business licence. These permits approve the location of your mobile business and make sure it is being operated safely.

Our vending permit web page has details about the permit application process, including application forms, vending guidelines, terms and conditions.

For more information about street vending permits, please contact the Street Vending Coordinator by calling 780-405-9097 or emailing streetvending@edmonton.ca.

Tobacco Sales

This category is described as "selling tobacco or tobacco products including the sale of such items by vending machine."

There are no special business licence regulations for this category, other than the need for a licence. Health Canada is notified when an application is submitted for this category of business.

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Travelling or Temporary Sales

This category is described as "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."

This business licence can be issued for either a full year or 1-3 days, depending on the length of time you will be operating in Edmonton.

There are no special business licence regulations for this category, other than the need for a licence and street vending permit (if you are operating on a public street or in a public space).

Travelling or Temporary Food Sales

This category is described as "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."

This business licence can be issued for either a full year or 1-3 days, depending on the length of time you will be operating in Edmonton.

There are no special business licence regulations for this category, other than the need for a licence and street vending permit (if you are operating on a public street or in a public space). Alberta Health Services food handling regulations apply for this category of business.

Vehicle Fueling Station

This category is described as the "on-site sale of gasoline, propane or any other motor vehicle fuel product."

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. Stations may need a fuel tank storage system permit from Edmonton Fire Rescue.

Vehicle Sales and Rentals

This category is described as the "selling or renting new or previously owned motor vehicles, or non-motorized recreational vehicles such as tent trailers, boats and other similar craft, but not including Construction Vehicle and Equipment Sales/Rentals or the sale of less than 5 previously owned vehicles per calendar year."

A business licence is required for this activity and there are no specific municipal business licence regulations for this category.

However, under the regulations of the provincial Fair Trading Act, the Alberta Motor Vehicle Industry Council (AMVIC) requires a licence for anyone selling vehicles as a business regardless of how many vehicles are sold. Please visit www.amvic.org for AMVIC licensing information.

 

For More Information

Edmonton Service Centre

2nd Floor, 10111 104 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB  T5J 0J4

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

Telephone

In Edmonton: 311
Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

Email developmentservices@edmonton.ca

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