The Town of Ponoka requires all businesses that are operating, working, providing, or selling a product or service within or partially within the town corporate boundaries to possess a valid Ponoka business licence as per the Business Licensing Bylaw.
When applying for a Business Licence, you will also have the option to have your business information included in the Business Directory. The Directory listing opportunity is only available to businesses with valid Ponoka Business Licences.
Certain professional services (eg. accountants, lawyers, medical offices, and some members of trade or professional associations) are exempt by provincial or federal regulations from requiring a business licence. It is your responsibility to determine if you are exempt.
A charitable or non-profit organization conducting business or fundraising may also be exempt from some licensing requirements. Application for a Business Licence would still be required; however, the application may be waived. It is the responsibility of the organization to provide proof of non-profit.
Business Licences are valid from January 1 to December 31 of the same calendar year.
The Town Office is to be contacted with any changes in business information such as location, phone numbers, contact person, etc. as soon as possible so that information is current for your licence as well as in the Business Directory.
A Business Licence will not be issued until all required Development Permits, Building Permits, fire and/or health inspections, or other applicable Provincial approvals have been obtained.
Please note that Alberta Biz Connect provides helpful information and resources for existing and new businesses. It also provides guidance for businesses opening and operating during the COVID-19 pandemic.