Home Business Permits & Licenses
There are many successful home-based businesses in Chestermere! If you're thinking of starting an operation from your home, here's what you need to know:
Major vs. Minor
When you apply for your home business permit, you will need to indicate if you are operating a major or minor home business:
A Major Home-Based business typically has clients or customers parking at the home and/or entering the home. Examples include a piano teacher, car repair business, a seamstress, dog grooming, day home, etc.
A Minor Home-Based Business is typically a home-office that will not serve clients or customers on the premises. Examples include a graphic designer, consultant, engineering services, etc.
Chestermere business license fees - Home-based businesses
|Major Home Business||Minor Home Business|
|Annual: $100||Annual: $50|
|After July 1: $50||After July 1: $25|
|After October 1: $25||After October 1: $15|
Open a new Major/Minor Home Business
Step 1: Home Business Permit
Download and complete the Home Business Permit
You may need to contact the City Development Team and provide details about your business and the location of your home to determine if your business is a permitted, discretionary or non-permitted use at your location. Call (403) 207-7075, or email email@example.com.
A Building Inspection or Safety Inspection MAY be required, and City Staff will schedule all inspections once the Home Business Permit Application is processed.
Step 2: Apply for a Business License
Once you are issued with a Home Business Development Permit and the required safety inspections are completed, you can apply for your business license:
New Business License Application - Major Home Business
New Business License Application - Minor Home Business
Step 3: Prepare to open
Once your location is finalized and your permits have been approved, you will be issued with a business license and you can begin advertising and prepare to open!
If you would like to renew your current Home business license, please fill out and submit the below application. Please note that for MAJOR home businesses, you will need to renew your Home Business Permit every three (3) years.
Business License Renewal – Major/Minor Home Business
Business License Renewal - MAJOR Home Business
Business License Renewal - MINOR Home Business
- Business Licenses expire December 31 of each year. Payment for licenses for the year are typically due January 31 but have been extended to March 31 for the 2021 year.
- Please take a look at the Business License Classification Reference Chart to determine how to classify your business as per the section that asks for the “nature of your business."
- For more information on business licences, you can read our business license bylaw