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Child Care Services - New Business Guide

A child care service is a business that provides supervision to children and includes:

  • Before and after-school care
  • Babysitting
  • Child care facilities
  • Day care centres
  • Pre-schools
  • Nannies and nurseries

Businesses operating as a child care service do not require a City of Calgary licence as they are governed by the province of Alberta. Please contact Calgary Family & Child Services at 403-297-6100 or calgaryareacfsa.info@gov.ab.ca.

Note: All businesses operating in Calgary are required to register their business, obtain a business identification number (BID) or Business ID, and obtain land use approval for the business location even if it does not require a licence. Certain businesses that do not need a municipal licence may still require licensing, permits or inspections from other regulatory bodies.

Land use approval

All businesses in Calgary require land use approval. Each space in a building has its own specified, approved use that cannot be changed without an approval, permit or both. Visit home-based business or commercial-based businesses for more information, or contact our Planning Services Centre to investigate land use approval for your business.

Fees

Businesses which do not require a licence do not have an associated fee to register for a Business ID.

Fees may be required for permits that are needed to meet land use approval.

Addition​al information

Business ownership changes

A business licence or business ID is not transferable from one person to another or from one person's business premises to another.

Multiple premises

A business operating from more than one location requires a separate business licence for each premises.

Charitable organization

All charitable organizations must be associated with another licenced business activity. Approval must be granted by the province before applying for a municipal licence.

Businesses not eligible for a charity status:

  • Alcohol beverage sales
  • Tobacco retailer

All fundraising activity is governed by the charitable fundraising act. Charitable organizations that are only fundraising should contact Alberta Municipal Affairs, Housing and Consumer Affairs Division at 1-780-427-8044 or 1-877-427-4088.

All applicants for this licence type should first consult with the province about eligibility for this designation and register their business, prior to applying for a municipal business licence. Contact Service Alberta at 1-780-427-4088 (or toll free in Alberta only at 1-877-427-4088) for more information.

Apply for your business

Visit How to apply for a business licence to determine the ways in which you’d can make application for your business.

Rules and regulations

Home-based child care

The operator of the a child care service must live in the home.

Home-based child care services can care for up to 10 children. The number of children allowed does not include the operator’s own children. Home-based child care services with six or fewer children do not require land use approval. When six to 10 children are being cared for, land use approval is required through a home-based child care class 2 application. Businesses wanting to supervise more than 10 children at a residential address are required to apply for a land use redesignation.

Land Use Bylaw

All commercial child care services require a permit to approve the business where there are more than seven children under the age of 13 years being supervised for less than 24 consecutive hours.

Home-based child care services do not require a licence or permit if there are less than six children. A home-based child care service providing supervision of up to 10 children requires a development permit to approve the business.

Disclaimer: This information has no legal status and cannot be used as an official interpretation of the various bylaws, codes and regulations currently in effect. The City of Calgary accepts no responsibility to persons relying solely on this information. Web pages are updated periodically.​​​​

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