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Business FAQs

What is the process? How long does it take? The answer to these and other frequently asked questions can be found below.

 

Do I need a Business License?

Yes, unless otherwise federally or provincially exempt, all businesses operating within the City of Lethbridge require a City of Lethbridge business license.

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How do I get a Business License?

Your first step in getting a Business License is picking up an application form from Regulatory Services at City Hall - 910 4th Avenue South. We will help you through the rest.

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Do I need Development Approval for my business?

Yes, any businesses operating from a commercial location or a residence must apply to Development Services (located at City Hall) to verify that the location for which the business will operate is approved under the Land Use Bylaw.

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Will I need any additional licensing for my business?

In order to process some business licenses there may be other regulating government authorities from which approval must be obtained.

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What is the process for getting a Business License?

Once your application has been submitted it will be reviewed for completeness and forwarded to the appropriate internal and external agencies for approval. The approvals required will depend on the type of business you are operating but may include: Zoning, Fire, Ministry of Health, etc. Once all the approvals are received, your Business License will be mailed to you.

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What are the fees for a Business License?

The fees for a Business License will vary depending on the type of business you operate. For a complete list of Business License fees click here.

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How long is a Business License valid for?

Business Licenses are issued from January 1 to December 31 of the same year.

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What do I need to bring with me when I apply?

Once you know the address of where your business will be located, bring along any relevant provincial or federal certificates and licenses you will require for the operation of your business.  

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How long does it take to get a Business License?

The time required to process a Business License application depends on the approvals required for your business. A license is typically issued within 7 to 10 business days but it may take longer.

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What happens if I don't have a Business License?

If you operate a business within the City of Lethbridge without a valid Business License you may be assessed a fine.

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How do I renew my Business License?

You will be mailed a renewal notice in early December of each year. Business License renewals may be paid by mail, in person at City Hall or online here.  

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If I close my business do I need to notify anyone?

Yes, please contact Regulatory Services at 403 320 3074. 

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Can a Business License be transferred to another person?

Yes, a Business License may be transferred to another person provided that they meet the necessary qualifications of the license. 

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What happens to my business license if my business moves?

If your business is moving, you are required to stop by Development Services, at City Hall, to check to see if development approval is required.

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What is the definition of a home business?

A home business is any business carried on by a person who lives in a residential dwelling where the business is the secondary use of the dwelling.

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Are there any specific rules for running a business out of my home?

Home based businesses require a valid Business License. To obtain a Business License, applicants will first need development approval under the Land Use Bylaw.

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Do I need a business license if I'm involved in direct selling (AVON, Scentsy, Pampered Chef, etc.)?

Yes, for direct selling you  will need both a City of Lethbridge business license and  an Alberta provincial direct sellers  license.  You can get the provincial license through Alberta Government Services  at 403 381 5707.

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Do I need a business license if I'm under the age of 18?

Yes, minors do require a business license but parental authorization is needed.

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