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2024 business licenses payment overdue

Business license payment was due January 31, 2024; late fees of $50 have been applied to outstanding balances. If you need more information or assistance on payments, have any other business-related questions, or have made changes to your business (e.g. new location), please reach out to Economic Development at 403-938-8052. For info about payment options, see the How to Pay Your Business License Fee tab below.

The Town of Okotoks requires all businesses that are operating, working, providing or selling a product or service within or partially within the town corporate boundaries to possess a valid Okotoks business license, as established in the Okotoks Business License Bylaw 21-23. This also includes co-working spaces (any location leasing office/desk/room/salon chairs/spaces to other businesses). A person or business that does not have a permanent location within Okotoks but is conducting business in the Town must complete an application. 

We understand that every new business is different, and the permitting requirements to safely operate that business are also different. We are here to help you through the process, including helping you understand the need for a business license, what zoning applies to your prospective location and what permits may be required for your new business. Reaching out early to get clarification on these requirements will help you move through the process quickly and properly. 

Click the button below to learn more about the business license application process.

Business License Process

Business License Application Forms

Getting a license to do business in Okotoks is easy! See the business intake forms below, answer the questions and you are well on your way to starting a business in this community!

 

Home-Based or Store Front Business

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Use the form below as a one-stop-shop for getting a business license.

Apply for a Business License

Non-Resident, Temporary, Trade Show, Special Event or Market

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Any person, vendor or business that does not have a permanent location within Okotoks but is conducting business in the Town boundaries requires a business license. You can apply and find all the information you need to know in the following application:

Apply for a Business License

Mobile Vending Unit

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Want a fun way to bring more customers to your door? Celebrate a grand opening, an open house, business anniversary or just that it’s Friday? We have a unique solution for you – the Mobile Vending  Unit Program! Try having a food truck come to your business!

Mobile vending units are permitted when invited to set up on, or adjacent to, the premises by the owner/operator of the local storefront business. To operate, food trucks need a business license and must meet additional requirements such as inspections and insurance. Apply for a MVU by clicking the button below.
MVU Application

Additional information including terms and conditions of MVU operation in Okotoks can be found in the MVU application (above). If you have further questions please contact Okotoks Economic Development at 403-938-8052.

Temporary Outdoor Patio, Fitness Area and Retail Space Program

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The Town of Okotoks is aims to support and provide increased flexibility for businesses by allowing for temporary patios and retail spaces in existing parking spaces and/or on certain public property such as sidewalks provided that mobility connectivity through these areas is maintained.

Learn more and apply

Commercial and Home Based Business Development

In the event that you are establishing a business or moving your business into a new location, a change of use request may be required. Review Section 9.9 of the Land Use Bylaw to find out what regulations and provisions are required.

Business License Questions?

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How to Pay Your Business License Fee

The Town emails invoices directly to businesses in December; business license certificates will be emailed upon payment.

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