The following information outlines the Canmore Business Registry and licensing program. For additional information, please contact the Business Registry Coordinator at the Civic Center. To browse the Business Directory online, click here.
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Any person or business advertising or conducting business in Canmore is required by Town Bylaw to hold a valid business registry licence.
“Business" is defined as:
“Carry On Business" is defined as operate, perform, keep, hold, occupy, deal in or use, for gain, whether as principal or agent.
A valid Business Licence ensures that all businesses and their premises comply with relevant Town bylaws for the safety of the public and to minimize nuisances and misleading business practices.
For businesses operating out a residence within the Town of Canmore a Development Permit must tbe obtained from the Town of Canmore Planning and Development Department at the same time that the Business Licence is obtained.
A new Business Licence is required when a business starts up, changes ownership, relocates, opens other locations or works in the Town of Canmore on a temporary basis. Hawkers, Peddlers and Door to Door sales included.
Business Licence applications may be submitted at the Town of Canmore Civic Center Reception location as well as by email, fax and mail. The Business Registry Coordinator will contact the applicant regarding the application, the business classification and the fees.
Processing time for a Business Licence application depends on the type and complexity of the business.
Resident, Home Occupation or B&B Business Licences with no outstanding bylaw issues can be issued within three to four weeks from the date the application was received. Non-resident Business Licence applications are generally processed within three business days.
For more information please contact the Business Registry Coordinator.
Business Licence fees may be paid by cash, cheque, Interac, Master Card or Visa. The first year fee for a Business Licence may be pro-rated depending on the date that the application is accepted. The earliest pro-rate date of each calendar year is July 1.
There are generally six types of business registry licences: