Starting a home business

Airdrie has a flourishing home business sector. If you are thinking of starting a business from home, you're not alone—there are over 1,500 home businesses licenced in Airdrie!


Business advice and assistance

Need help with your home-based business? Check out:

Visit business resources for more assistance or contact us.


Business licences and permits

Business licence

All businesses, including home-based, operating in Airdrie require a City of Airdrie business licence. Visit Business licences and permits for fees, FAQs and how to apply.

Planning permits

The City of Airdrie classifies home businesses in three general categories:

  1. Home Business, Limited
  2. Home Business, General
  3. Home Business, Major

Please review the following section carefully to determine what your business needs to operate from home.


Home Business Development Permit

A Home Business Development Permit is required for some home businesses.

Will you:

  • Use more than 35 per cent of your dwelling for business, including any interior storage?
  • Have client/suppliers/others visiting the home for business purposes?
  • Employ a person in your home?
  • Receive deliveries to your home?
  • Manufacture or make products in your home?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you will need to tell us more about your Home Business.

See the Home Business checklist.

If you answered "no" to all of these questions, in all likelihood you will be considered to be Home Business, Limited. This type of business is limited to a desk and telephone/computer and does not have any warehousing of saleable goods or client contact in the home and requires only a City of Airdrie business license.

See the Limited Home Business checklist.


Health approval

Your home business may require health approval from the Environmental Public Health Division of Alberta Health Services. Businesses requiring this include:

  • Home-based food businesses
  • Social care facilities
  • Personal service facilities (i.e. hair salon, esthetic services, etc.)

It is your responsibility to arrange for this approval. For more information, visit Alberta Health Services.


Provincial licencing and permits

Several types of businesses are required to be licenced and registered by the provincial government. For the most up-to-date information, visit:


Expanding your business

Is your home business flourishing? Are you looking at taking it to the next level and expanding to a store-front? We want to help. Contact Airdrie Economic Development to discuss.


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