Start a Business


In the heart of the Canadian Badlands, the Drumheller Valley offers spectacular unique scenery and fascinating experiences. Within easy driving distance of Banff, Calgary, and Red Deer; Drumheller offers a world of startling contrasts as rolling fields suddenly give way to steep, dry coulees ridged with the strata of hundreds of years of erosion by time, wind and water. Through it all, the tranquil Red Deer River gently makes its way through our valley. 

Drumheller also offers prospective investors a centralized location with city class services and infrastructure as well as competitive tax rates, bespoke incentive programs, reasonably priced land and a skilled and available workforce.  

There is nowhere quite like the Drumheller Valley, and we want you to be a part of our story.  

Starting a business in Drumheller? Here’s what you need.  

Step #1

Obtain and submit a development permit application.  

Step #2

Your development permit application will then go to the Municipal Planning Commission (MPC) or through the Development Authority.  

Step #3

After your development permit is approved by Development Authority, you will then purchase a business licence. All business licenses expire on December 31st of each year. 

Home Occupation Business License  

  • $245.00 

Home Occupation Micro Business License 

  • $51.50 

In order to qualify for a micro license, your business must make less than $30,000 (gross). 

Resident Business License  

  • $245.00

Non-Resident Business License 

  • One Week $77.25   
  • One Month $154.50  
  • Four Month $250.00   
  • One Year $360.50 

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