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Why is a business license needed?

Bylaw 2339 states that any business (an activity or enterprise conducted for gain, benefit, advantage, or livelihood) within the city limits of Medicine Hat must have a valid Business License, renewed each year by the anniversary date of the original application.

Commercial/Industrial Business

Downtown business

If you operate more than one store, branch, or premises, each location must have a separate business license. Before you commit to a location for your business, check with The City of Medicine Hat Planning Department to determine if your type of business activity is permitted in a specific location. A copy of any certificates or letters of approval issued by Federal or Provincial authorities may be required. 

Downtown Commercial Business

If you are a business owner and your business is located within the downtown City Centre Development Area, you will be subject to a Business Revitalization Zone assessment and tax.  For more information, please visit:

City Centre Development Agency (CCDA)

Home Occupations

Home Based BusinessWhile home occupations use a dwelling unit or an accessory building for a business, the primary use of the dwelling unit or accessory building must be for residential purposes. A Development permit and Business License are required for operation of a home occupation. The Development Permit expires if you move or intensify your business activities.  The Business License is due annually on the anniversary date of the original application. A copy of any certificates or letters of approval issued by Federal or Provincial authorities may be required.

Total payment of the Home Occupation License may consist of:
Development Permit (Major or Minor), plus Business License (Home Occupation Classification + addition classification(s) fee.) Fee Schedule.

Home Occupations shall not include the following:

  • Adult Establishments
  • Animal Kennels or Breeding
  • Auto body repairs and painting
  • Automotive repairs or sales
  • Cabinet making 
  • Industrial uses
  • Retail uses 
  • Sheet metal work
  • Welding work
  • Upholstery work
  • Vehicle or equipment storage or cleaning

Non-resident business licenses

A person or business that does not have a permanent base of operations in either a home or commercial location within Medicine Hat but are working in the city must pay a Non-Resident License Fee.  A copy of any certificates or letters of approval issued by Federal or Provincial authorities may be required.

Canvassers/Peddlers/Transient Traders

Canvassers, peddlers and transient traders MUST bring a Medicine Hat Police Service criminal record check when they apply for a business license.

Applications for business licenses may be made at the Planning & Development Services department between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (Monday – Friday).

For more information about business licenses please call 403.529.8374 or 403.529.8135.

New Business Licenses Issued:
Last updated: 2/15/2017 3:53:29 PM