City reduces 2021 business licence, vehicle for hire fees

News Release

City reduces 2021 business licence and vehicle for hire fees

On April 6, 2021, City Council approved a 50 per cent reduction in business licence fees for all Edmonton businesses. City Council also approved a 100 per cent reduction in 2021 dispatch and vehicle licence fees for limousines and a 50 per cent reduction in these fees for all other vehicles for hire.  

“While licensing fees may only be a small portion of costs for business, these fee reductions demonstrate the City’s continued commitment to help foster a vibrant economy and support local businesses through the pandemic recovery,” said Stephanie McCabe, Deputy City Manager for Urban Form and Corporate Strategic Development. 

The fee reductions will automatically be applied when businesses or vehicles for hire renew their licence or apply for a new licence between now and March 31, 2022. Online business licence fee payments have been suspended until April 9, 2021 to allow time for the City to program the fee reduction into its payment systems.  

Business licence fees paid prior to April 1, 2021 will not be eligible for refunds. Businesses that already paid licence fees between January 1 and March 31, 2021 will receive the fee reduction when they renew their licence in 2022.

This is the second year in a row that the City is offering business licence and vehicle for hire dispatch and vehicle licence fee reductions. The costs associated with the business licence fee reductions will be covered through the City’s COVID-19 Financial Stabilization Reserve. The City’s vehicle for hire reserve will cover costs associated with the dispatcher and vehicle licence fee reductions.

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