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A business license will often have multiple license types associated with it. Many of these are not provided by Planning & Development Services at the City of Medicine Hat. Below is a listing of other agencies that can help you obtain these approvals, and the types of licenses or permits they issue.

Not sure what you need? Get help with your questions by contacting:

Planning & Development Services
2nd floor, Medicine Hat City Hall
580 1st Street SE
Phone 403.529.8374
pbe@medicinehat.ca

 


To ensure that safety standards are met for public health, an inspection by Alberta Health Services (AHS) is required for some types of businesses. These include (but are not limited to):

  Food facilities (restaurant, food handling, food truck etc.)

  Personal services (aesthetics, hairstylist, tattooing, massage etc.)

  Social care facility (daycare, day home, preschool, long term care, drop in centre etc.)

  Swimming pool (pool, spray park, sauna/steam room etc.)

  Work camp (workers' accommodations for drilling, construction etc.)

 

To book an inspection, contact:

Alberta Health Services (AHS)
Medicine Hat Main Office : 403.502.8205

Once your AHS inspection is complete, submit your results to Planning & Development Services (City of Medicine Hat) when you apply for your business license.

NOTE:  If AHS advises you that your business type does not require a health inspection, please record the name of the individual you spoke with, their phone number and the reason provided. Submit these details to Planning & Development Services when you apply for your business license.



The Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Commission (AGLC) is an agent of the government of Alberta which regulates gaming, liquor and cannabis products provided in the province. Potential business owners must obtain a license from the AGLC to operate types of businesses such as (but not limited to):

  Liquor sales (liquor store, off-sales)

  Alcohol beverage sales (tavern, pub, clubhouse, recreational facility, etc.)

  Liquor manufacturing (distillery, brewery etc.)

  Public events with liquor or cannabis (beer garden, cannabis tent, etc.)

  Gaming-related activities (casino, bingo hall, VLTs, etc.)

  Cannabis retail stores

To apply, or for more information, contact:

 Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Commission (AGLC)
Toll free: 1.800.272.8876
Lethbridge Office: 403.331.6500

The City will issue a temporary license for AGLC licensing which covers ordering and storage but does not allow sales. You must provide a copy of your approved AGLC license before the City will issue you a full business license.



To help ensure public safety, a Police Information Check provided by the Medicine Hat Police Service is required for certain types of business activities. Types of businesses which require police checks of owners and staff include (but are not limited to):

  Vulnerable sector (child care services, nursing home, facility for people with disabilities)

  Liquor licensee

  Cannabis retail store

  Alarm agency

  Pawn broker / Second-hand dealer

  Motor vehicle dealer

  Auto body shop

  Payday lender

  Door to door sales

  Massage service

  Taxi driver

  Security guard

  Locksmith

  Private investigator

  Escort service

  Adult entertainment facility

 

To apply for a Police Information Check, or for more information, contact:

Medicine Hat Police Service
884 - 2nd Street SE
Medicine Hat, AB  T1A 8H2
Phone: 403.529.8400

Once you obtain your police check, please provide it to Planning & Development Services (City of Medicine Hat), when you apply for your City business licence.



The Ministry of Service Alberta is responsible for services including registries, land titles, consumer protection and the Alberta Queen's Printer. Certain types of businesses in Alberta must obtain their license through Service Alberta. When establishing an Alberta corporation, non-profit company, society or cooperative, or to register a business name, Service Alberta is also the governing agency.

Types of businesses which are licensed and registered by Service Alberta include (but are not limited to):

  Auction facility

  Charitable organization

  Collection agency

  Door-to-door sales

  Employment agency

  Home inspection service

  Monument sales

  Payday loan business

  Prepaid contractor

Learn more about licenses at Service Alberta

Contact:
Service Alberta
Toll-free in Alberta: 310.0000

Once you obtain your license from Service Alberta, please provide it to Planning & Development Services (City of Medicine Hat), when you apply for your City business licence.

 


Day care facility

(Care for seven or more children)

Alberta Community and Social Services regulates child care licensing in the province of Alberta.  A license is required under the Child Care Licensing Act to operate a child care program that provides care for seven or more children (there are exceptions - learn more). 

 

To apply for a Day Care Facility license, contact:

Alberta Community and Social Services - child care providers licensing
Toll-free in Alberta: 310.0000

In Medicine Hat:
Southeast Alberta Child and Family Services Authority 
#101,  346 - 3rd Street S.E.
Medicine Hat , Alberta   T1A 0G7 
Phone: 403.529.3607

Once you obtain your Day Care Facility License from the province of Alberta, a City of Medicine Hat business license is not required.

NOTE: As a commercial-based business, there are other permits required including development permit and building permit. Visit Commercial-based businesses.

Nursery School and Kindergarten are included in the definition of Day Care Facility, in Medicine Hat's Land Use Bylaw.

 

Day home

The rules for a Day Home are different than those for a Day Care Facility.

  A Day Home must be located in a dwelling within Medicine Hat.

  "Day home" is only applicable for care of six or less children, including operator's own children who reside in the home.

  All children must be under 13 years old, or under 15 years old if the child has special needs (i.e. disability)

  Police information check is required (see Police information checks, above).

  An inspection by Alberta Health Services is required (see Health inspections, above).

  Provincial licensing is not required.

  City of Medicine Hat business license is not required.

  Development permit is not required in Medicine Hat.

  If the dwelling is rented or in a condominium, the operator may be obligated to ask permission of the landlord or condominium association before opening a day home. Check your tenancy agreement and/or condo bylaws.



The Alberta government requires a license for certain motor vehicle business activities (auto sales, leasing, repair).  You must contact the Alberta Motor Vehicle Industry Council (AMVIC) for details about obtaining a provincial licence.

To apply for a license, or for more information, contact:

Alberta Motor Vehicle Industry Council (AMVIC)
Toll-free: 1-877-979-8100

AMVIC requires confirmation of City planning approvals (see Development permits) before they will issue a provincial AMVIC licence. Having your provincial license from AMVIC is required before you apply for your City business license from Planning & Development Services.



Security services workers
must possess the appropriate people and investigative skills, training and/or experience to safely and properly perform security work. The Alberta Solicitor General is responsible for ensuring that security service workers in Alberta meet the necessary training requirements, and issues security service licenses.

Types of private sector security occupations which must be licensed by the Alberta Solicitor General include:

  Security guard

  Locksmith

  Loss prevention

  Security alarm responder

  Investigator

  Automotive lock bypass worker

  Locksmith equipment sales worker

  Patrol dog handler

icon_PDFView common questions & answers  about obtaining a security service worker license in Alberta.

 

To apply for a license, or for more information, contact:

Alberta - security profession licenses
Security Programs
P.O. Box 1023 Station Main
Edmonton, AB  T5J 2M1
Toll-free: 1.877.462.0791
ssia.registrar@gov.ab.ca



The Real Estate Council of Alberta regulates real estate industry professionals in Alberta. This agency is responsible for setting, regulating and enforcing standards for real estate brokerage, mortgage brokerage, property management and real estate appraisal professionals.

To apply for a license, or for more information, contact:

Real Estate Council of Alberta
202, 1506 11 Ave SW
Calgary, AB  T3C 0M9

Phone: 403.228.2954
Toll Free: 1.888.425.2754



Under the Supportive Living Accommodation Licensing Act, all supportive living accommodations must be licensed by the Alberta government when the operator provides permanent accommodation to four or more adults, and the operator provides or arranges for services related to safety and security of the residents, and provides at least one meal a day or housekeeping services.

The Alberta government sets mandatory standards for care facilities, and monitors compliance to those standards through regular inspections at least once per year. 

Types of facilities include (but are not limited to):

  Group homes

  Seniors lodges

  Long-term care facilities

  Supportive living accommodations

  Nursing homes

  Auxiliary hospitals

 

To apply for a license to operate a care facility (as described above), contact:

Alberta Health - Continuing Care
Toll-free in Alberta: 310-0000

As a commercial-based operation, there are other permits required including development permit and building permit. Visit Commercial-based businesses.



WCB-Alberta
was created by government to administer the Workers' Compensation Act for workers and employers in Alberta. It provides disability and liability coverage for work-related injury and illness. 

Most Alberta corporations must obtain workers' compensation insurance for their employees and must notify the WCB within 15 days of hiring their first worker. Business owners may also choose to register with the WCB even if they are not incorporated.

Contact:
Workers' Compensation Board - Alberta (WCB)
Toll-free in Alberta: 1.866.922.9221
Calgary Office: 403.517.6000