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The Town of High River is moving toward paperless billing for 2017 business license renewals.  The renewals will be e-mailed at the beginning of February 2017.  Please contact [email protected] for inquiries.

Below are the main types of business licenses available in the Town of High River. Click here to view the 4511-2017 Business License Bylaw.

Resident Business License Application

This category covers all businesses within the Town of High River operating from home and those operating out of a store-front or commercial location.

There are two types of Home Occupations, a Major Home Occupation and a Minor Home Occupation.

Home Occupations are allowed in the Traditional Neighborhood District (TND), Neighborhood Centre District (NCD), Central Business District (CBD) and the Service and Employment District (SED).

To find out what district you are in, please refer to the Land Use Bylaw map. It will take you directly to the district and will outline the regulations for the type of Home Occupation you are looking for.

Minor Home Occupations, do not require a Development Permit, however they do require a business license.  Minor Home Occupations typically consist of an office setup with a desk and telephone.  You can obtain a business license by contacting our office at (403) 652-2110 or by e-mail at [email protected].

All Major Home Occupations require a Development Permit.  Examples of a Major Home Occupation are Hair Salons, Massage Therapy or any business that generates client visitation or deliveries to the residence.  You can contact the Planning and Development Division for more information by calling (403) 652-2110 or by e-mail at [email protected].

All storefront businesses must obtain a Tenant Occupancy Permit.  Please contact the Safety Codes Department at [email protected]

As each application can vary substantially in terms of permit requirements prior to business license issuance, please contact [email protected] to obtain the appropriate application forms.

Non-Resident Business License Application

All businesses which are based outside of High River but come into town to work must acquire a local license.  There are variations of licenses available, such as daily, or weekly, or monthly to accommodate more short-term work commitments.  There is no formal application process for this type of business other than submission of a standard application form along with the appropriate license fee.

Business License application – Food Truck/Food Cart

This license includes all businesses that serve food or beverages from a mobile vehicle. The license options for this type of business are daily, weekly, monthly or annually. A Food Truck business license requires a copy of a current fire inspection and Alberta Health inspection reports.

For further information relating to business licensing in High River please contact: [email protected]

Change of Use or Intensification of Use Application Form

When a business is proposed to move into an existing building, or if an existing business wishes to expand, a change of use will be required where the new use is not approved by the land use district. This application is used to change the use or intent of a building that results in or is likely to result in a change in the intent of use of the land or building. Please contact Planning and Development Services for a list of approved and discretionary land uses for your district.  In addition, a Tenant Occupancy Permit will be required.  Please contact the Safety Codes Department at [email protected]