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Council approves new Business Licence Bylaw

September 4, 2018 10:32 PM
(Red Deer, Alberta)

City Council approved a new Business Licence Bylaw (3609/2018) today that will require all businesses operating in The City of Red Deer to obtain a business licence.

The new Business Licence Bylaw creates a balanced environment for all business owners and allows for either annual renewable licences or short-term licences, depending on the business’ needs.  

“The previous Licence Bylaw only allowed licensing of specific types of businesses, while other businesses operated with an Occupancy Permit,” said Erin Stuart, Inspections & Licensing Manager. “The new bylaw ensures fair and equitable treatment for all businesses.”

The new bylaw also includes simplified definitions and business categories, a simple fee structure, and reduces unnecessary provisions specific to regulated businesses. With the approval of the new Business Licence Bylaw, the existing License Bylaw (3159/96), Drinking Establishment Licensing Bylaw (3332/2004), and the Late Night Clubs Bylaw (3275/2001) will be repealed.

Starting October 15, business owners will be able to apply online for their 2018 licence free of charge, through MyLicence. Inspections & Licensing will focus on informing and encouraging business owners how to apply and obtain their licence for the remainder of the year.

Current 2018 Business Licence holders will not have to reapply, but will see minimal changes to their account, such as a new licence category and fee for their 2019 licence. Businesses operating under an Occupancy Permit are required to obtain an annual, renewable business licence.

“We will work hard to make sure everyone knows about the changes, and make it easy for them to apply,” said Stuart. “Giving businesses time to apply by not charging fees for the remainder of 2018 is something we are doing, as well as launching an online application process through MyCity this fall to make applying even easier.”

For more information, please contact:
Erin Stuart
Inspections & Licensing Manager
The City of Red Deer
403-342-8192

Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer
403-342-8147

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