Business and Economy

Business services and information Business and economy

Running your own business is challenging, even at the best of times. We’re here to make it easier for you. Here’s the information you need to enable your business success.

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Need free digital services?

Our Digital Service Squad is a free resource that helps eligible small businesses establish or improve their digital presence. 

Opening a business in Calgary

Learn basic information on starting a business and how operating a business in Calgary is regulated.

Contact us

Call 311
403-268-CITY (2489) from outside Calgary​

Business licensing and permits
Live chat at calgary.ca/livechat
Call 403-268-5311

Property assessment
Call 403-268-2888

Business Improvement Areas (BIA)
BIA contacts

Business Perspectives - business research panel
Business.Panel@calgary.ca

Green Line Business Registration

Popular business license applications


Business license fees are waived until March 16, 2023.

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.

Sign up to receive project updates, information on licensing for this business type, announcements and more.  

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Planning Tips

Check your land use

Before you sign a lease or buy a property for your business, check the land use to make sure your business can operate there.

If there is a change in use, you may require a development permit.

Check your land use by contacting the Planning Services Centre.

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.

Getting a temporary or permanent patio

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Opening a home-based business

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Opening a Hair Salon in Calgary

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Opening a Restaurant and Brewery in Calgary

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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

We do regular research with businesses to better understand the outlook and viewpoint of the business community. If you are a business owner, leader or manager, join our online business research panel, Business Perspectives.

Partnerships

Partnerships

We're working with our civic partners to support Calgary businesses.

Business Improvement Areas

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.