Starting a business

With record business and population growth, a supportive business environment, and opportunities large and small, Airdrie is a smart choice for entrepreneurs and businesses.


Learn About Airdrie's Business Opportunities

Visit Airdrie's new Economic Development Microsite ( for information and advice that is easy to access, clear, relevant and up-to-date. The intuitive and engaging tool, developed by LocalIntel, makes it easier for businesses and entrepreneurs to:

  • Find demoghraphic, geographic and market data
  • Research their customers and competitors
  • Uncover local opportunities
  • Find the best location for a business

Business licenses & permits

Visit business licenses & permits for detailed information specific to your business type.

Business licenses

All businesses operating in Airdrie, including home-based, mobile and temporary, require a City of Airdrie business license.

Non-resident businesses (located outside Airdrie) conducting business in Airdrie city limits also require a license.

Planning & building inspections permits

Depending on business type and location, other City of Airdrie permits may be required including:

  • Planning approvals (tenancy, development, sign and residential occupation permits)
  • Building inspections approvals (building and occupancy permits, fire inspection)

Home-based businesses

Thinking of starting a business from your home? Visit the home-based business page to learn more about the specific licenses and permits required in Airdrie.


Land & real estate

Need space in Airdrie for your business? To learn more:



Airdrie offers a very competitive tax environment. The City of Airdrie does not charge a business tax. Visit taxation to learn more or try our Tax Estimator.



Water & wastewater

All utilities usage is metered. Businesses are responsible for purchasing water meters from the City of Airdrie (who will supply and install the meter). Meters must be paid for at the same time the building permit is purchased. Visit Utilities for more information.

Garbage collection & recycling

The City of Airdrie only provides garbage and organics collection for single family/duplex residences. Businesses are responsible for making their own arrangements for this service.

Recycling is encouraged within the City of Airdrie, however current recycling programs are subscription-based with a local service provider. For assistance with your businesses recycling needs, contact:

Local service providers

Additional resources

Electricity and natural gas

Electricity and natural gas are deregulated in Alberta. For a list of retailers, visit the Alberta Government’s Utilities Consumer Advocate site.


A range of telecommunications providers service Airdrie to meet your telephone, wireless, and Internet needs.


Business start-up resources & assistance

We strongly encourage you to visit the business resources section to access the great information and services available from local, provincial and national agencies. Or contact Airdrie Economic Development; we're happy to help.

Start-up resources include:

  • The Business Link is an excellent place to begin researching your business.  Review the Business Start-up Checklist.
  • Community Futures Centre West offers business counselling services at no charge to Airdrie and area entrepreneurs. Call them today to discuss your business idea.
  • BizPaL is a helpful tool in determining the types of permits and licensing your business will need. This online tool asks you a number of questions about your new or expanding business and provides a list of the municipal, provincial and federal permits and licenses required for your business.
  • Begin with a business plan. A number of planning tools and templates can be found online, including from The Business Link.

  • Airdrie information and statistics can be helpful in preparing your business plan.
  • Visit the Airdrie Business Directory to research customers and suppliers.

Contact us

Economic Development

P. 403.948.8844