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Business Licence

The City of Winnipeg Licences 15 business activities through the 'Doing Business in Winnipeg Bylaw'. Each one of these activities require one or more permits or approvals from other City of Winnipeg Departments. To see a description, pricing and requirements click on a Licence in the menu to the left.


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What is the 'Doing Business in Winnipeg Bylaw'?
What types of businesses does the City of Winnipeg Licence?
  • The Doing Business in Winnipeg By-Law 91/2008 outlines the 26 different types of businesses that require business Licences within the City of Winnipeg. Licencing serves to regulate and control various activities that are generally in place to reduce risk; and provide protection and support within the community, where there is a risk or danger to the public's health or safety or to assist in crime prevention.
Do I require a business Licence if I’m working from home?
  • No you do not. Effective March 26, 2008 City Council has repealed the Licence in Lieu of Business Tax Bylaw, or better known as the' Home-Based Business Licence'. However, there are still zoning requirements when operating a business from home. Queries should be directed to the Zoning Branch of the Planning, Property and Development Department.
Can I operate any type of business anywhere in the City of Winnipeg?
  • No. However there may be zoning restrictions depending on the the type of business activity. You must contact the Zoning Branch of the Planning, Property and Development Department before you apply for a business Licence to find out about specific land use.
How do I apply for a Winnipeg business Licence?
  • Complete the City of Winnipeg Business Licence application and ensure that you have all required documentation. You can also contact Community By-Law Enforcement Services to have an application mailed or faxed.
  • Dependent on the business you are Licencing, you may be required to provide:
    • Proof of insurance
    • Photographs
    • Written property owner consent
    • A certificate of a qualified engineer
    • A Criminal record review
  • Applicants may be required to provide suitable identification.
  • See the Business Page in the menu to the left to determine the requirements of a specific business Licence.
  • Mail or deliver your application with the fee associated with the Business Licence you are applying for to Community By-Law Enforcement Services.
How much does a business Licence cost?
  • The cost of a business Licence depends on the business being Licenced. Check the Business Page in the list below for the fees associated with a specific business.
What happens if I don't obtain a Business Licence?
  • A person who carries on a business listed in the Doing Business in Winnipeg By-Law 91/2008 without a valid and subsisting Licence from the City, is guilty of an offence and is liable upon summary conviction to the following minimum fines:
    • for a first offence - a fine no less than the amount of the Licence fee (in addition to being required to obtain a Licence)
    • escorts and body rub practitioners - for a first offence a fine no less than $500.00 (in addition to being required to obtain a Licence)
What methods of payment do you accept?
  • We accept the following methods of payment:
    • cash
    • debit
    • cheque
    • VISA
    • MasterCard
    • AMEX

Business Licence Index

Last update: April 11, 2018