Apply for a License

Most municipalities in Alberta required businesses to obtain a Business License to operate a business. A business is generally defined as “the carrying on of a commercial or industrial undertaking of any kind or the providing of professional, personal or other services for the purpose of profit or gain”.

Unless specifically exempted under the provisions of the Business License Bylaw, provincial legislation, or federal legislation, any person carrying on or operating a business within Mackenzie County is required to obtain a Business License. This requirement applies to home-based businesses, as well as commercial and industrial operations. Business Licenses are also required for companies that do work within the County, but whose operations may not be based out of Mackenzie County, such as contractors.

In addition to being required by Mackenzie County’s Business License Bylaw, an Business License is a good investment. Having a license shows your customers that you are a legitimate business that complies with local laws and regulations. Download a copy of the Business License Application below or pick one up at any County Office.

Download the Application


When obtaining your business license you have the option to join Mackenzie County’s online Business Directory which provides you with free advertising for your business.


Some organizations or businesses may not be required to obtain a business license. For example, residential premises holding garage/yard sales, or agricultural producers who are not conducting any retail sales from the farm. All registered non-profit groups are encouraged to sign up as a way of letting the community know what services they offer. No fees will be charged to registered non-profit groups.

Licensing Fees

The goal of enforcement, monitoring, and compliance activities is to provide a level playing field for all businesses in Mackenzie County. All fees that are associated with the issuing, enforcement, monitoring, and compliance of business activities are charged on an at-cost basis. As such, the annual licensing fee for all businesses regardless of size is $50.00 as indicated in Mackenzie County’s Fee Schedule Bylaw. The cost of amending, replacing, or transferring ownership of a business license is $25.00.

License Changes

If you have a change of address, change of name, or change of ownership, please complete a new Business License Application with the required changes.

Business Closures

If you receive a Business License Renewal Invoice but your business has ceased to operate, please mark “CLOSED” on the invoice, sign it, and return the invoice to your local County Office.