Plan ahead for a great start
If you own or operate a business based outside of Medicine Hat, but you intend to begin business activities within the City, this page will provide the information you need.
Consider when you want to launch your business operation in the City. Do not apply for approvals the day before you want to begin. The timeline to obtain approvals can vary significantly depending on the permits and approvals that are required for your business type and location of activities. It may only take a few days, or it may take weeks.
Non-Resident Business: A business that operates within the City, in whole or in part, but neither maintains a permanent Medicine Hat residence, nor is listed on any current City tax assessment roll.
Only certain businesses are allowed to operate in this manner. Since non-resident businesses do not pay City taxes, the fee for a City business license is higher than for a local business.
Transient Trader: A non-resident person who conducts business from a premises within Medicine Hat.