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On March 17, 2023, Business License Fees are going to be reinstated after a two-year waiver period. The following fees will be reinstated:

• Business license fee (new: $172, renewal: $131);
• Fire inspection fee (new & renewal, from $63 – $208);
• Planning fee ($41); and
• Calgary Police Service ($65)

The reinstatement of the Business License fees will be supported by Planning & Development and Business & Local Economy.
The city removed the fee to help small businesses due to the COVID-19 restrictions. Business license fees are used to fund business license inspectors, licensing approvals, permits and bylaw enforcement.

If you are a small business owner, you may renew online by logging into your account at, or renew in person at the Planning Services Centre, 3rd floor, Municipal Building, 800 Macleod Trail SE. For more information or help with your business license, please visit or call (403) 268-5311.

Sean Chu

Sean Chu arrived in Calgary from Taiwan in 1985 speaking not a word of English, and within 7 years he was a sworn officer with the Calgary Police Service. From that point on Sean worked with the Calgary Police Service as on Officer for 21 years in a number of roles until 2013.

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