The City of Grande Prairie requires all businesses to obtain a municipal business licence, effective May 1, 2021. 
Below is the list of steps of the process required to receive a business licence when based on a commercial location within City limits. 

May 1, 2021 - Business Licensing Process Improvements

With the recently passed Business Licence Bylaw C-1393, effective May 1, 2021, all businesses in the City will be required to obtain a business licence. 

This will apply to:

This new change will primarily affect those businesses that did not previously require a municipal business licence. These businesses were typically those that are in the retail, restaurant, accommodation, fitness and recreational industries.

We suggest waiting until after May 1, 2021 to apply for the business licence as commercial locations in the city will obtain the business licence at no cost. If you would like to obtain the business licence prior to May 1, the business licence fee is $105.00

Businesses that previously did not require a business licence will have a six-month grace period. This grace period is in effect until December 1, 2021, to allow businesses time to adjust to the new requirements, application processes, and guidelines. During the grace period, new businesses required to hold a licence will not be penalized for not being licensed.

In addition to the these improvements, certain contractors and direct sellers (door-to-door sales) will see new improvements to their business industry.

Step 1: Apply for the Business Licence

Step 2: Application Review

When you apply for a municipal business licence, certain criteria are checked before the business licence certificate is issued.

We review the application details and follow-up with any questions we may have or submittal requirements that are missing from the application.

Step 3: Land Use Approval

We confirm if the desired location is appropriately zoned for the business activity. If necessary, you may be contacted by our Development Officers to guide your through the Land Use Approval process.

Step 4: Occupancy Classification

We assign the Occupancy Classification of the business location to your business licence. In some cases, the business activity might not align with the Occupancy Classification assigned to the building at the proposed business location. If necessary, you may be contacted by our Safety Codes or Fire Prevention Officers to guide your through the safety code requirements.

Step 5: Issuance of the Business Licence

The Business Licence Certificate is issued once the Land Use Approval has been obtained and the Occupancy Classification is correctly assigned. The business licence will be mailed to the mailing address on file.

In some cases, we will issue the business licence if the required permits have been applied for and are in process.

Business Licence Expiry:

The business licence expires at midnight, at month end, one calendar year from the initial date the licence is issued, unless otherwise specified. 

Business Licence Renewals:

A renewal notice will be emailed to the email address on the licence file on the 1st day of the month when the business licence expires. Please note to check your junk mail folder as some email address domains have been known to redirect our renewal notices.

In addition to the business licence application, some business activities have further provisions and requirements to follow when applying for a City of Grande Prairie business licence.