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.

 

Airdrie Business Zone

Visit Airdrie Economic Development's new microsite, Airdrie Business Zone. The microsite will provide online information and advice that is easy to access, clear, relevant, and up to date. It will assist users looking for a “one-stop shop” related to market research and the development of their business plan and model. 

Visit Airdrie Business Zone to:

  • Review the local business climate
  • Discover industry trends
  • Research your potential customers and competitors
  • Uncover local opportunities
  • Evaluate the local workforce
  • Examine the environment
  • Indentify land uses
  • Find the best location for your business
  • Identify community facilities, transportation and infrastructure
 

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:

 

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:

 

Taxes

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.

 

Utilities

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.

Telecommunications

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:

 

Contact us


Economic Development

P. 403.948.8844