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Medical Professionals - business guide

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Health businesses offer a wide variety of services, so the approval processes vary accordingly. Section 101 of The Health Professions Act states that no municipality has the power to require a medical professional to obtain a licence from the municipality to practice a regulated profession.

All healthcare businesses are required to book an Alberta Health Services inspection by calling 403-943-2288.

Examples of businesses that do require a municipal licence:

  • Pharmacy

Examples of businesses that do not require a municipal licence:

  • Acupuncture
  • Chiropractics
  • Dentistry and denture labs
  • Medical clinics
  • Naturopathy
  • Optometry
  • Osteopathy
  • Psychiatrists, psychologists and counsellors
  • Occupational therapy and physiotherapy
  • Medical laboratories

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.

Additional 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.

How to apply

Online

Apply now

If you need help when completing your application Chat with us, 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Monday to Friday.

In person

Apply in person at the Planning Services Centre. To skip the line, book an appointment online.​​


Planning Services Centre

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Call:
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