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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:

Commercial

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

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.

Non-resident Businesses

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

Adult Services

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

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.

Cannabis

Different orders of government and government agencies are responsible for different aspects of cannabis legalization, regulation and enforcement.  The City of Saskatoon is responsible for regulations related to land use and business activity within the city.  

Child Care Centres

An establishment providing for the care, supervision and protection of children, but does not include the provision of overnight supervision. The City of Saskatoon does not require a business license for the operation of a Child Care Centre or Family Child Care Home.

Mobile Food Truck

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.

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.

Residential Care Homes

The following is designed to familiarize prospective operators of Residential Care Homes with the City’s Zoning Bylaw requirements. The City of Saskatoon does not require a business license for the operation of a Care Home.

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.

Taxis & Transportation Network Companies

The City of Saskatoon licenses the operation of taxis in order to ensure compliance with the Taxi Bylaw, No. 9070 and the Transportation Network Company Bylaw, No. 9548.