Calgary has many features that make it an attractive centre to start a business.

Calgary boasts a number of advantages including quality of lifetransportation and education. There are many points to consider when starting a business, from the legal measures to registration and creating a physical space for the business. 

Calgary Economic Development's Business Development Managers are available to assist you in setting up a business, from permit assistance to finding office space and labour attraction strategies. For more information, contact Calgary Economic Development.

Business Licenses

To set up a business, The City of Calgary requires that you obtain a business license. Most business need a license to operate in Calgary, Alberta. Here is a list of resources from The City of Calgary.

Before you determine the location of your business, ensure that it is permitted in that area:

Business Registration

How to apply for a license

Business license fees


You can apply for a business license by filling out the PDF and applying in person at the Calgary Municipal Building (third floor, 800 Macleod Trail SE), Fax (403) 537-3034 or by email.

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