Introducing Business Licensing

Business Licenses have been mandatory in Mackenzie County since March 1, 2014.

The Annual Business License Bylaw was created in order to assist both Mackenzie County and local businesses.  By requiring business to be registered, the County can and will create and maintain a database of all businesses within the County.

In most municipalities in Alberta, a Business License is required 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".  A business license must be held by the owner or operator of a business.

This requirement applies to home-based businesses, commercial and industrial operations.  Annual Business Licenses are also required for companies not located in the County but that do work within the county area, such as contractors.

An Annual 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.

Be sure to apply for your Annual Business License.  The Annual Business License Bylaw requires that all businesses operating within Mackenzie County be in possession of a valid Business License.  Click here for the application form.

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New Business

Thinking of starting or operating a business in Mackenzie County?  All businesses operating in the County require an Annual Business License according to the municipalities Bylaw.  When obtaining your business license you have the option to join the Mackenzie County 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.


Business Category License Fee
Commercial/Industrial $50.00
Resident - Home Occupation            $50.00
Home Business $50.00
Contractor License $50.00
Retail Business $50.00
Transfer of Ownership $25.00

Why a flat rate license fee?

Council views a business license as a permit to undertake business activities in the County, and has directed that issuance of licenses and the accompanying enforcement, monitoring and compliance activities be conducted on an at-cost basis.  Administration costs will be the same for every license, regardless of the scale of business activities.  The goal of enforcement, compliance and inspections is to provide a level playing field for all businesses.

Changes to your Business License

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

If you receive a Business License Renewal Invoice but your business has ceased to operate, please sign and return the invoice, stating "CLOSED", or contact the Mackenzie County Office at 780.928.3983.

For further information

If you have any questions while completing your annual business license application form, please contact Sheila Gibson at 780.928.3983, or in person at the County office in La Crete, or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.