Starting a business
The City of Calgary's Business Registration system will help determine what approvals, permits and business licences may be needed to operate a business within the city of Calgary.
If it is determined that you require a business licence, you will be advised of the licence category or categories within which your business falls, other approvals and/or inspections that may be required before the licence will be issued, and how to obtain the licence.
See our Business Licence information sheets for specific licence category information.
A non-refundable licence fee is required before your application can be processed.
To apply for a business licence call our business licence information line at 403-268-5311 or download an Application for a Business Licence form and return it one of the following ways:
In person - come to the Planning Service Counter located in the Calgary Municipal Building, third floor, 800 Macleod Trail S.E.
Fax (403-537-3034) or email.
NOTE: You will be contacted for payment. Even if you've applied for your licence by phone or fax, you may be required to come to our customer service counter. Some categories of business licence require you to provide two pieces of identification so that a consultation with the Calgary Police Service may be undertaken.
- Selling a business
- Moving a business
- Closing a business
- Changing trade names
- Changing business mailing address
- Changing business ownership name (provide supporting Corporate Registry documents)
Please include an explanation of the business change and all supporting Corporate Registry documents.
Hours of operation:
Counter: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Call Centre: 8 am - 4:15 pm, Monday through Friday, closed holidays