Business Licence Details and Resources

Quick Tips for Business Licence Renewal

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To do business in Beaumont you must hold a valid Beaumont Business Licence and, in some cases, a Development Permit or Event Approval. Business Licences expire on December 31 of each year and must be renewed by January 31 the following year.

Applying for and Renewing a Business Licence

The City of Beaumont’s new online service portal makes it easy to apply for and renew a business licence. You can also check the portal for the status of your application. Click to enter the portal

Are you renewing a business licence from last year? Please use  the previous account, there is no need to make another account.  If  the password has been forgotten, click the forgot password link to reset and get access to your account. 

Licences are valid from date of issuance of a given year until December 31 of the same calendar year. Business Licence renewal invoices are mailed in early December of each year. Payments in full must be received no later than January 31 to avoid cancellation.

Do I Need a Business Licence?

The City of Beaumont’s Business Licence Bylaw(pdf) requires that a licence be obtained for any person, group, organization, or company that will operate:

  • a commercial, merchandising, institutional or industrial activity or undertaking,
  • a profession, trade, occupation, calling or employment, or
  • an activity providing goods or services.

This includes for profit and not-for-profit organizations, however they are organized or formed, including cooperatives and associations.

Non-Profit Organizations

Charitable and non-profit organizations conducting business for fundraising are not required to be licensed.

I Still Have Questions about Business Licensing

Give us a call at 780-267-3481 or email us at businesslicence@beaumont.ab.ca with your questions. Our office hours are regular weekdays between 8:30 a.m. to noon, and from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  1. Business Licence Types
  2. Fees & Exemptions
  3. General Info & Resources

What Kind of Business Licence Do I Need?

Business licences are based on the type of business you conduct within Beaumont.

Licence Type

Description

Commercial Business Use

Businesses that rent, lease or own a commercial unit or property where customers come to purchase goods or services, e.g., restaurant, repair shop, grocery store, bank, professional offices.

Door to Door Sales, Hawker, or Peddler

Businesses that sell goods or services door-to-door or in public areas and do not have a transportable structure, e.g., door-to-door vacuum sales, or craft or jewelry sales from a table.

Home Based Business

When the primary business operates from a home or performs a service or distributes goods outside the home, but the bulk of paperwork, bookkeeping and calls are done in the home.
 There are two types:

  • Minor: customers do not come to the home.
  • Major: customers come to the home.

Examples include nail salon, bookkeeping services, direct selling, etc.

Incubator Business

Businesses operating an incubator facility for small businesses.

Mobile Business Unit

Businesses that provide services or goods in a structure that can be transported, e.g., food trucks, ice cream bicycle cart, seasonal food vendor.

Prime/Principal General Contractor Use

An individual or company that oversees the building or renovation of a building or land. They may or may not employ subcontractors. Examples include new homebuilders and commercial builders.

Trades Business

A business with no storefront that performs a trade service to a home or business in Beaumont and is not the principal or general contractor. Examples include plumbers, painters, and electricians.

Temporary Business Use

Businesses that will be performing work in Beaumont for no more than seven consecutive days, e.g., painter on site for less than a week.

General Business Use

For all other businesses that do not fall into one of the categories above.