You are here

Non-resident Businesses

Corporate Revenue licenses all businesses operating in Saskatoon that do not have a permanent location in Saskatoon. No person shall carry on any business, commercial or home-based, without a business license.  A license must be obtained for each location and cannot be transferred. This includes:

  • Non-resident contractors
  • Non-resident businesses
  • Direct sellers
  • Transient traders
  • Farmers' markets
  • Trade shows
  • Taxicabs


Non-resident business license applications can be submitted by mail to Corporate Revenue. Complete the non-resident business license application form, and mail it along with a cheque or money order payable to The City of Saskatoon, to:

The City of Saskatoon
Revenue Division
Box 1788
Saskatoon, SK  S7K 8E1

This is an application only. Your application is not approved until you receive your license from Corporate Revenue. The license is issued subject to all Bylaws of the City of Saskatoon, whether made before, subsequent to, or during the continuance of the license. 

Business licenses typically take 7 to 10 business days to process and are valid for one year from the date issued unless otherwise stated on the license. Renewal notices are sent for business licenses expiring the following month.  License expiration dates are stated on the business license renewal form.


License fees are listed on the non-resident business license application form. 

Provided the business does not change locations, there is no fee to change the mailing address of a business. There is also no fee to change a business name; however, the original business license must be submitted indicating the proposed business name change.

License Types

Transient Traders

A transient trader is defined by The Cities Act as a person who offers goods or merchandise for sale or auction; or solicits any person who is not a wholesale or retail dealer for orders for the future delivery of goods or merchandise; but does not include a person who is required to be licensed pursuant to The Direct Sellers Act or who is an occupant of the property that is used for business purposes.

Taxicabs/Wheelchair Accessible Taxicabs

Contact Corporate Revenue for license information. 

Direct Sellers

Contact Corporate Revenue for license information. For Provincial Direct Sellers License information, contact the Consumer Protection Division.  A Direct Seller is a person who goes from house to house and/or by telephone, offering for sale, or soliciting orders, for the future delivery of goods or services.  The Provincial Direct Sellers Act requires direct sales companies and salespeople making door-to-door sales, home-party sales and telephone sales to be licensed and bonded.   Direct Sellers must first obtain a Provincial Direct Sellers License before they may apply for a City of Saskatoon Direct Sellers License.

Trade Shows

Contact Corporate Revenue for license information. Trade shows are defined as a place where goods or merchandise are offered for sale by retail or auction on a short-term basis such as hobby shows, home improvement shows, sportsman shows, and craft shows.  A trade show license covers all individuals offering goods or merchandise for sale at the trade show.  If a trade show is operating at more than one location, a license must be obtained for each location.


Contractor License

A contractor is any person who constructs, alters, maintains, repairs or removes buildings or structures, installs heating units, plumbing or other fixtures or performs other similar work. Contractors who do not have a permanent business location in Saskatoon, but are conducting business within the city, are required to purchase a non-resident contractor's license from Corporate Revenue.

Plumbing Contractor License

Applications must receive approval of the City of Saskatoon Plumbing Inspector.  Plumbers are required to meet with the Plumbing Inspector to receive an information package and instructions regarding plumbing permit applications. Plumbers must also submit their original Journeyman Certificate of Qualification for the inspector to view.  Set an appointment to meet with the Plumbing Inspector .

Once approval is received from the Plumbing Inspector, applicants are required to purchase a Plumbing Contractor license from Corporate Revenue.

Direct Sales Contractor

Direct Sales Contractors construct, alter, renovate, maintain, repair, add or improve a building that is used or is to be used as a house by the owner, occupant, or person in control of the dwelling. Direct Sales Contractors must hold a Provincial Direct Sellers License.

Contact Corporate Revenue for more information. 


For information about the licensing of businesses operating from a fixed location in Saskatoon, including all home-based businesses as well as those operating from commercial and industrial locations, contact the Business License Program, Community Standards or go to Business Licenses.