Permits and licenses are required to open a business in Calgary. Business Permits are legal permissions to perform certain activities and businesses. In Canada, three government bodies provide permits.
|Municipal Permits||Provincial Permits||Federal Permits|
The municipal government issues 12 different types of permits for businesses. In Calgary, the City of Calgary is the municipal government
The provincial government of Alberta issues 7 different types of permits for businesses.
The federal government issues 4 different types of permits for businesses. The Government of Canada's government is the main authority with many departments.
All businesses must have a Business Name Registration and a Building Permit in Alberta.
Business licenses legally allow operation of certain trades, which have specific rules called protocols. Some businesses have licenses given or issued by a regulatory organization, not the government.
|Businesses that require a Business License to operate in Alberta||Other Licenses and Registrations in Alberta|
How to get Permits and Licenses?
- Have your business registration certificate
- Have the address, phone number and email address of the business
- Have proof of identification (Drivers license, Alberta ID, Passport, PR Card or any other valid picture ID )
- Visit the City of Calgary office, on the 3rd floor of 800 Macleod Tr. SE. Go to the counter area. It is best to book an online appointment with the representative at http://eappointment.calgary.ca, or, call 311 for appointments
- Present the business documents to the representative of the City of Calgary for review
- The City of Calgary will review the business and inform you of the required permits and licenses
- Submit forms and fees as advised by the City of Calgary office
- The City of Calgary will visit the business site for land use approval. This is required for all businesses in Calgary.
- Home-based businesses must have the Alberta Fire Code Business License. The Calgary Fire Department issues this license. See the Links to Important Websites section