To help support local businesses through the pandemic recovery, the City is providing all businesses with a 50% reduction in business licence fees. The fee reduction will be automatically applied when businesses renew their existing licence or apply for a new business licence between now and March 31, 2022.
Business licence fees paid prior to April 1, 2021 will not be eligible for refunds. Businesses that already paid licence fees between January 1 and March 31, 2021 will receive the fee reduction when they renew their licence in 2022.
Follow these steps to apply for a Business Licence:
If you have a lost or damaged licence and you are looking to obtain a new copy, please contact the Edmonton Service Centre to request a replacement. A service fee will apply (see Schedule B under "Other Fees").
City staff will review your application and confirm if your proposed business meets the requirements of the Zoning Bylaw and Business Licence Bylaw. This will determine if your business can operate on the property that you have chosen and which category or categories apply to your business licence.
City staff may contact you for more information or additional documentation depending on your business activities and the outcome of the review.
Additional Reviews for Specific Uses
Some types of businesses (for example, nail salons, restaurants, pubs, and so on) may need additional consultation with other agencies such as the Edmonton Police Service, Fire Rescue Services and Alberta Health Services. These consultations have an additional "Consultation Fee" (see Schedule B under "Other Fees"). If your application requires a Fire Inspection a New Business License Approval inspection fee will also be required.
The fee for your business licence (see Schedule B) will depend on which business classification applies. If multiple classifications apply, your fees will be the total of all applicable category fees.
A person is applying to open a restaurant that serves alcohol, with no age restrictions. This business would be classified under "Restaurant or Food Sales" and "Alcohol Sales (Consumption On Premises / Minors Allowed)". A review and inspection would be required by Fire Rescue Services. As a result, the total fee for your licence is:
Restaurant or Food Sales Classification Fee
+ Alcohol Sales (Consumption On Premises / Minors Allowed) Classification fee
+ Consultation fee
+ Fire Rescue Services New Business Licence Approval inspection fee = Total Business Licence fee to be paid
Non-Resident Business Licence Fee
A person or business that does not have a permanent location within Edmonton but is conducting business in the city will have to pay an additional Non-Resident Licence Fee (see Schedule B under "Other Fees").
Non-Profit Organization Fee
The business licence fee for a non-profit organization is reduced if proof of non-profit status is provided as part of the application.