Bylaws related to businesses
The bylaw ensures:
- Public safety
- Consumer protection
- Service quality
To operate a legal business in Calgary, you must have a licence.
For compliments or complaints regarding businesses in Calgary, call 311, use the app or go to Calgary.ca/311
For more information about business licensing and applications, visit:
- Calgary Combative Sports Commission
- Calgary.ca/shorttermrentals (new regulations for short term rentals and lodging houses)
Not all businesses require a licence. It might not fall under one of the licensing bylaws if:
- A business requires inspections/permits by other authorities.
- Consider a bed and breakfast as an example. It requires an inspection from Alberta Health Services. It also requires Planning Department development permits. These ensure set standards for this activity.
- A business falls under a higher regulation or self-governing body. For example:
- Day Care providers - Regulated by Calgary Family & Child Services.
- Dentists - Regulated by the Alberta Dental Association & College. Governed by the Health Professions Act.
- Medical Doctors - Governed by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta.
The City may Require other permits ‘in addition’ to a business licence. The completion of a fire inspection for instance. It depends on the type of business.
Other bylaws and regulations
The City has extra bylaws/regulations for specific types of businesses:
- Alarm Services Bylaw 31M95
- Body Rub Licence Bylaw 53M2012
- Bicycle Courier Licensing Bylaw 48M90
- Business Licence Bylaw 32M98
- Combative Sports Bylaw 53M2006
- Concert Bylaw 4M83
- Dating and Escort Service Bylaw 48M2006
- Downtown Pushcart Vendor Licence Bylaw 3M97
- Exotic Entertainers Bylaw 47M86
- Extended Dance Event Bylaw 34M2000
- Massage Licence Bylaw 52M2012
- Prohibited Businesses Bylaw 20M2020