COVID-19 Response: Business License Program
Update - April 6, 2020
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, changes to the business licensing process have been implemented as follows:
- Existing business owners typically receive a renewal notice by mail approximately one month before their business license is set to expire. Effective immediately the City will pause mailing renewal notices until normal operations resume. Please retain and continue to use your expired license until further notice. Renewal notices will be mailed when normal operations resume.
- We recognize that some business owners may wish to renew their commercial or home based license at this time. Please contact staff at email@example.com to have a renewal notice emailed with instructions to use the online portal to complete the renewal process.
- New commercial or home based businesses establishing in Saskatoon must obtain a business license prior to operating, and this requirement remains in effect. An online application process is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at saskatoon.ca/businesslicenseonline.
- Updated information on the business licensing process will be provided at saskatoon.ca/businesslicenseonline. Business owners may also contact business licensing staff at 306-975-2760 for further information.
- For non-residents providing business services in the City of Saskatoon, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 306-975-2400 if you require a new business license or need to renew an existing license.
The Revenue Division licenses all businesses operating in Saskatoon that do not have a permanent Saskatoon business location. This includes:
- non-resident contractors
- non-resident businesses
- direct sellers
- transient traders
- farmers' markets
- trade shows
Applications and fees may be submitted in person or by mail to the Revenue Division. Please note that this is an application only; if your application is approved you will receive your Business License. For more information, please contact us.
For License fees please consult page 18 (Schedule 2) of Bylaw 8075
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.
Please contact Corporate Revenue for more information.
Taxicabs/Wheelchair Accessible Taxicabs
Please contact Corporate Revenue for license information.
Please contact 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.
Please contact 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.
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 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 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.
Please contact Revenue for more information.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the purpose of a Business License?
Business Licenses are required for the following reasons: to regulate business, to ensure compliance with land-use and building regulations, to gather land-use information whereby commercial and industrial policies are based, and to facilitate planning decisions.
When is a Business License required?
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.
How long is a Business License valid?
A Business License is valid for one year from the date it is issued unless otherwise stated on the license.
What information is required when applying for a Business License?
An applicant must include all requested information, including but not limited to:
- name, address, and phone number of the applicant
- the nature of the business for which the license is required
- the place where the business is to be carried on
- the name under which the business will be operated
- the name of a contact person
How long does it take to process a Business License?
Business Licenses typically take seven to ten business days to process.
Is there a fee if I decide to change my business name?
There is no fee to change a business name. However, the original business license must be submitted indicating the proposed business name change.
Is there a fee if the business changes its mailing address?
Provided the business does not change locations, there is no fee to change the mailing address of a business.
How can I pay my license fee?
Mail a cheque or money order payable to The City of Saskatoon to:
The City of Saskatoon
Saskatoon, SK S7K 8E1
Can I drop off my application along with my payment?
Yes! Please visit the Corporate Revenue:
Main Floor, City Hall
222 3rd Avenue North, Saskatoon
Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (excluding holidays)
Payments may be made by cash, Interac, cheque or money order made payable to The City of Saskatoon. Credit card payments are not accepted.
When does the City of Saskatoon send out annual license renewals and when is the license fee due?
Renewal notices are sent for Business Licenses expiring the following month. License expiration dates are stated on the Business License renewal form.
For information about the licensing of businesses operating from a fixed address 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.