Welcome to Foothills County

Business Licensing

Foothills County requires all businesses operating within the County's boundaries to obtain a valid business license.

When acquiring your business license you will also be given the opportunity to list your business in our upcoming Business Directory. If you would like to have your business listed, please ensure to fill out the pertinent section on the business license application form.

Business Licenses are issued on a yearly basis. Business License renewal applications are due March 31.


Have you Obtained a Development Permit?

The majority of business uses based within Foothills must first obtain a Development Permit before a Business License will be issued. To find out if you require a Development Permit please review the FOothills County Home Occupation sheet and Land Use Bylaw. Should you have any questions regarding these documents please contact our Planning & Development Department.

Foothills County Home Occupations
Land Use Bylaw

Submitting your Business License Application

All Business License applications are to be submitted with the required fee to our Business Licensing Officer. Please ensure that the form is completed in full, including the Business Owner(s) Signature. Your Business License and receipt of payment will be mailed.

Business Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.
Mailing Address: 309 Macleod Trail, Box 5605, High River, AB, T1V 1M7
Phone: (403) 652-2341
Fax: (403) 652-7880
Email: business_license@foothillscountyab.ca 

Forms (located within Resource Library)
Business License Fees
Business License Bylaw 1018/1988

BizPaL Online Tool

BizPaL Online Tool
Your online source for information on business permits and licences you may require. BizPaL helps you generate a personalized list of the business documents you need for all levels of government; local, provincial/territorial, and federal; you may have to deal with in order to start up or grow your business. And if you are already operating, BizPaL can help you verify that you have all the correct permits and licences. Simply provide some generic information and BizPaL will provide the business permit and license information specific to your business.