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Opening a business in Calgary
Learn basic information on starting a business and how operating a business in Calgary is regulated.
Popular business license applications
Business license fees are waived until March 16, 2023.
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Business Experience Representatives
Business Experience Reps guide applicants through the entire licensing process, creating faster and more predictable outcomes.
We work with local entrepreneurs who are interested in opening a restaurant, brewery, or urban agriculture business in Calgary to review your business licence application, make sure the appropriate permits are applied for and ensure that all parts of your application are submitted to get you through the process, faster.Contact a Business Experience Rep
Home based childcare
On January 1, 2023, the City of Calgary is introducing a new business licence for home-based child care providers. This licence will ensure minimum standards are in place to protect the health and safety of children in home-based child care.
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Small business webinars
Our webinars are free to attend and provide entrepreneurs with an opportunity to ask subject matter experts live questions about the permitting and licensing process for specific business licence types.
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Opening a home-based business
Opening a Hair Salon in Calgary
Opening a Restaurant and Brewery in Calgary
Business news spotlight
Vendors in Parks: Pop-up Pilot Program
During the summer of 2022, a new V.I.P. (Vendors in Parks) Pop-Up Program is happening in parks around Calgary. The program was created to support businesses and the economy, while enhancing the enjoyment of local parks by Calgarians. As a trial program, there are opportunities for a variety of pop-up vendors. Citizens can also provide comments and suggestions on the program, including their experiences at the participating parks.Learn more and apply as a vendor
Business Improvement Areas
We work with Business Improvement Areas to support over 6,000 businesses. They help create some of Calgary's best known and most loved neighbourhoods with a variety of local businesses.