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Business License Categories

Every business in Saskatoon requires a business license.  The type of business license you need depends on the business operation and its location. This allows us to apply appropriate regulations to businesses where there is a potential for negative impacts on the community.

Aside from the business license, there are often additional requirements that must be met so it is important that make sure you are aware of all applicable regulations.

Business licenses are location-specific and a separate license for each location from which you operate is required. Some exemptions may apply. 

License Categories

Home Based

The standards for home based businesses are intended to seek a balance between supporting a quiet, safe, and aesthetic residential environment while supporting the aspirations of home based entrepreneurs.

Commercial

All businesses operating from commercial and industrial zoned properties in Saskatoon require a City of a Saskatoon Commercial Business License.

Non-resident Businesses

The Revenue Division licenses all businesses operating in Saskatoon that do not have a permanent Saskatoon business location.

Sidewalk Cafes & Parking Patios

The City of Saskatoon Business License Program licenses all food and beverage businesses wishing to extend their premises onto City property.

Mobile Vending Carts

Businesses selling beverages, food or other products from stationary stands, kiosks or mobile units on public sidewalks require a City of Saskatoon Mobile Vendor License.

Adult Services

The City of Saskatoon has been licensing Adult Service related businesses since July, 2012.

License Appeals

A license appeal may be filed by anyone whose application for a license has been denied, or whose license has been made conditional, or has been suspended, or cancelled.

Bed & Breakfast Homes

The standards for Bed & Breakfast Homes are intended to seek a balance between supporting a quiet, safe, and aesthetic residential environment while supporting the aspirations of home based entrepreneurs.

Residential Care Homes

The following is designed to familiarize prospective operators of Residential Care Homes with the City’s Zoning Bylaw requirements.

Child Care Centres

An establishment providing for the care, supervision and protection of children, but does not include the provision of overnight supervision.

Mobile Food Truck License

The City of Saskatoon licenses the operation of mobile food trucks both on and off public streets. Food trucks operating on public streets are regulated under the On-Street Mobile Food Truck Policy.