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- Business Licence and Vendor Fees
- Renew a Business Licence
- Home-Based Businesses
- Taxi Licences
- Vendor Permits
- Non-Profit Organizations
- Does my Business Require Other Permits?
The City of Wetaskiwin requires all new and existing businesses to obtain and maintain a business licence in order to operate within the City.
Business licences are valid for up to one year, expiring on December 31. It is the business owner’s responsibility to renew their business licence.
How to apply for a Business Licence
Step 1: Determine in which land use district your business is located
- Use the City of Wetaskiwin WebMap service to determine your land use district (zone)
Step 2: Determine if your proposed business is Permitted or Discretionary
- Once you know your land use district, review the Land Use Bylaw to find the specific regulations that apply to your zoning district, including which uses are permitted or discretionary.
- Permitted Uses are allowed within the land use district. Discretionary Uses are allowed at the discretion of the Development Authority, depending on their compatibility with neighbouring land use.
- For more information, review the Land Use Bylaw page or contact Development Services at 780.361.4400 or email@example.com
Step 3: Download, complete and submit the appropriate Business Licence application
- Business Licence Application for businesses located within the City of Wetaskiwin.
- Non-Resident Business Licence Application for businesses located outside of the City of Wetaskiwin but doing business within City boundaries.
- Business Licence applications may be submitted by email (firstname.lastname@example.org), by mail, or in person at City Hall.
- Business Licence applications submitted by email must be in a PDF format.
See the Business Licence Bylaw for more information or contact Development Services at 780.361.4400 or email@example.com.
Business Licence and Vendor Permit Fee Schedule
Vendor Permit Fees
|Annual Vendor Permit||$100|
|Special Event Non-Profit||No fee|
|Weekly Business Licence|
(Monday to Sunday, to a maximum of a yearly business licence fee)
|Resident (business located within City of Wetaskiwin limits)||$100|
|Regional Resident (business located within the County of Wetaskiwin)||$150|
|Transfer of Licence||$15|
Renew a Business Licence
All business licences expire on December 31. Current business licence holders will be sent a yearly invoice at the end of each calendar year with the required business licence fee for the upcoming year. To obtain your invoice early, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 780.361.4400.
Business licence fees may be paid in person at City Hall, over the phone by calling 780.361.4400 or by completing a pre-authorized credit card form and emailing it to email@example.com. When emailing payment, include business name and invoice number.
Home-based businesses are regulated by the Land Use Bylaw and require both a development permit and a business licence prior to opening.
For more information, see the Home-Based Businesses page.
Taxi and ride-for-hire businesses must follow both the Business Licence Bylaw and Taxi/Ride for Hire Bylaw. They require both a business licence and a taxi licence.
How to Apply for a Taxi Licence:
Step 1: Obtain a recent Driver's Abstract
- Driver's Abstracts should be obtained within two (2) weeks before applying for the taxi licence.
Step 2: Obtain a Vulnerable Sector Check
- The Vulnerable Sector Check can be obtained at the RCMP detachment.
- Please note, Vulnerable Sector Checks can take up to one week to receive.
Step 3: Provide a copy of Driver's Licence
- A photocopy or scan of the Driver's Licence may be provided as a hardcopy or PDF
Step 4: Download and complete the Taxi Driver's Licence Application
- The application is found on Page 17 of the Taxi/Ride for Hire Bylaw .
Step 5: Submit the Taxi Licence Application and supporting documents
- Taxi Licence Applications include the application form, Driver's Abstract, Vulnerable Sector Check, and copy of the driver's licence
- Applications may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or dropped off at Enforcement Services, 5005 48 Avenue (within the RCMP detachment).
Note: There is a $40 application fee.
Vendor permits authorize mobile vendors to operate within the City of Wetaskiwin. Mobile vendor is defined as the travelling or temporary sales of goods or services from a temporary location in any place where the public has an expected right of access.
All vendors attending a special event must submit a vendor permit application, business licence application, and payment to Development Services at least 10 business days prior to the event.
Mobile Vendor Permit Guidelines
Mobile vendors must follow the Vendor Permit Guidelines. Special event non-profit means any community event or festival being managed or controlled by a non-profit organization which may have one or more vendors.
For more information on Vendor Permits, please see Bylaw No. 1933-19.
How to Apply for a Vendor Permit
Step 1: Download and complete the Vendor Permit Application Package
- Vendor Permit Application Package (Includes the business licence application.)
Step 2: Submit Application to Development Services
- Applications can be submitted by mail or in person at City Hall, or emailed to email@example.com.
Charitable or non-profit organizations conducting business or fundraising within the City of Wetaskiwin are exempt from licensing requirements.
For more information, please see Business Licence Bylaw 1507-01 with Amendments 1662-06 &1933-19
Does my business require other permits?
This section lists situations where a business owner may need to obtain permits in addition to a business licence.
Information packages and application forms for development permits, building permits, sign permits, change of use permits, and electrical, gas and plumbing permits can be found under Development Permits & Construction.
- A business doing interior renovations may be required to obtain a building permit and other permits such as gas, electrical, and plumbing.
- For more information, please contact Superior Safety Codes at 403358.5545
Change of Use
- A business that is moving into a new location and changing the location’s use requires a change of use permit. (E.g., a retail business that is moving into a location that was previously a restaurant.)
- A business that plans to install new signage on the exterior of a building or on the business’ property must obtain a sign permit.
For more information, please contact Development Services at 780.361.4400 or firstname.lastname@example.org