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 Licence. For more information, please contact us by calling 306-975-2400 or 1-800 -667 -9944
Licensing fees are set out in Schedule 2 of the Business Licence Bylaw (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.
Taxicabs/Wheelchair Accessible Taxicabs
Contact Revenue for licence information by calling 306-975-2400 or 1-800-667-9944. For Provincial Direct Sellers Licence information, contact the Consumer Protection Division at 1-877-880-5550. 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 Licence before they may apply for a City of Saskatoon Direct Sellers Licence.
Contact Revenue for licence information by calling 306-975-2400 or 1-800-667-9944.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 licence 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 licence 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 licence from Revenue.
Plumbing Contractor Licence
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. To set an appointment to meet with the Plumbing Inspector call 306-975-7631.
Once approval is received from the Plumbing Inspector, applicants are required to purchase a Plumbing Contractor licence 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 Licence.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the purpose of a Business Licence?
Business Licences 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 Licence required?
No person shall carry on any business, commercial or home based, without a business licence. A licence must be obtained for each location and cannot be transferred.
How long is a Business Licence valid?
A Business Licence is valid for one year from the date it is issued unless otherwise stated on the licence.
What information is required when applying for a Business Licence?
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 licence 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 Licence?
Business Licences 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 licence 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 licence 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 licence renewals and when is the licence fee due?
Renewal notices are sent for Business Licences expiring the following month. Licence expiration dates are stated on the Business Licence 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, 306-975-2760 or go to Business Licenses.