Important Notice for Business Owners

Updates to the Business Licence Bylaw

Recognizing the Business Licence Bylaw had not been updated since 2005, Municipal Enforcement’s proposed operating budget for 2020 included recommended revisions to a number of fees. On Dec. 2, 2019, Council approved the revisions, including a modest increase to Business Licence fees, which will become effective, Jan. 1, 2020.

The new cost for an annual business licence is:

Business Category  
Home-based Business Licence $125
Commercial/Industrial Business Licence $125
Non-Resident Business Licence $350
Temporary businesses
(Valid for 72 hours)

Fees (excluding temporary businesses) are pro-rated to half the fee on July 1. Business licences are valid for one year, from January through December, with the exception of taxi licences which expire March 31.

IMPORTANT NOTE: There are additional business licencing requirements and fees for taxi, rideshare and limousine businesses, and massage therapist practitioners.

If you have questions regarding updates to the Business Licence Bylaw, please contact 403.948.8800 or

Connect with Economic Development at for more information about starting a business and where to get help.

Updates to the Signage Policy

Please be advised that components of the Land Use Bylaw regarding signage have recently been updated. 

Most signs within the city of Airdrie require a sign Development Permit. The Planning department reviews these applications in accordance with the Land Use Bylaw, which defines the type of sign as well as the requirements for it. Please refer to the Land Use Bylaw signs section for the types of signs, and where and under what conditions they are allowed.

Below is a quick guide to help you navigate some of the updates:

A portable sign is a sign that is mounted on a trailer or some other structure that allows the sign to be moved from site to site. The sign is used to display the announcement of special events, sales, or circumstances where a sign is needed for short specified time periods.

An A-Frame sign is a self-supporting local advertising sign, typically A-shaped, which is set on the ground and may or may not have an external supporting structure.

Do I need a permit?

Yes. Portable and A-Frame signs require a valid Development Permit to be approved prior to placing the sign.

*Beginning Jan. 1, 2020, you will be required to submit a $250 Annual Application Fee. A sticker will be provided for you to place on your sign to indicate that you have the proper permit.

How do I apply?

Complete a portable sign application and include with it:

  • All dimensions of the sign, including height of the sign and the sign structure
  • Area and design of copy
  • Type of construction and finishing to be utilized
  • Method of support
  • Details of sign illumination and/or digital media
  • For a sign containing digital media, the permit must include the name and contact information of a person(s) having access to the technology controls for the sign, who can be contacted 24 hours a day if the sign malfunctions.
  • Site plan showing sign location in relation to property boundaries and buildings
  • Fees required for the permit
  • Land owner authorization if applicable
  • Additional information, such as photos, as necessary
  • A sign permit is automatically void if construction of the sign has not commenced within one year from the date of issuance of the permit.


  • To view regulations for Portable Signs, please click here.
  • To view regulations for A-Frame Signs, please click here.

For more detailed information, please contact Planning and Development at 403.948.8848.


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