In addition to registering your business, you might need municipal, provincial, and federal business licenses and permits. You also have to adhere to any government regulations that apply to your business.
First, talk to all the municipalities you’ll be operating in to find out what regulations apply to you. Then, check provincial and federal regulations.
You may want to get advice from a lawyer or accountant to make sure you have everything covered.
Municipal Licenses and Permits
Almost all businesses will require some kind of municipal license or permit. Make sure you get all the licenses and permits you need for every municipality you operate in.
Find the municipal licenses and permits that apply to you:
- BizPaL: This online tool lists municipal licenses and permits for many Alberta municipalities. However, not all municipalities participate in BizPaL, and not all requirements are listed. Contact your local municipal government to make sure you have everything covered.
- Your local government: If your municipality isn’t included in BizPaL, see Alberta Municipal Affairs for your government’s contact information.
- Another way to find your municipal licensing requirements is to type the name of your town/city followed by “business license” into a search engine or give us a call and we can help!
Provincial Licenses, Permits, and Regulations
Many industries will also require provincial licenses and permits.
- Alberta Queen’s Printer: This online catalogue offers Alberta legislation (acts, regulations, codes) and legislative publications that may be relevant to your business.
- BizPaL: This online tool has information and application forms for all the provincial licenses and permits that apply to your business.
- Industry-specific provincial licensing and registration information: the Government of Alberta maintains a list of licenses, permits, and registrations specific to certain industries related to consumer services.
Some businesses will also have to adhere to federal regulations. Find federal regulations that may apply to your business.
Industry-specific Regulatory Bodies
Some professions and trades, such as accounting, law, and electricians, also have professional regulatory bodies. If you want to start a business in these or other industries, you will need to adhere to their requirements and regulations. Learn more about which occupations in Alberta are regulated.
Our Regulatory and Licensing Support
Cut the red tape. Our business advisors can help you navigate regulatory requirements for your small business, access Alberta business support programs, and find referrals across governmental departments.
We can help you:
- Research and understand what acts and licenses apply to your business activities
- Access regulatory information from a variety of areas, including employment standards, occupational health and safety, environment, taxation, consumer protection, and more
- Learn about Alberta government programs and services that can support your business
- Find resources to help ensure your business is in compliance with industry standards
- Make connections with appropriate contacts