The City of Grande Prairie requires all businesses to obtain a municipal business licence.
Below is the list of steps of the process required to receive a business licence when based on a commercial location within City limits.
Step 1: Apply for the Business Licence
Licence Fee: $0
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:
Renewal notices will be sent out one month prior to the business licence expiring. Businesses that have not renewed their business licence by month end of its anniversary month will receive an additional notice and be deemed delinquent.
Delinquent businesses will be subject to the renewal fee and late fee in accordance with the Fees, Rates and Charges Bylaw C-1395, Schedule “A”. Businesses that fail to renew will receive a late fee for each month that they remain delinquent.
Late Fee: $50.00/month
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.