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Guide to Start a Business

Chapter 8 - BizPal - Permits and Licenses Search

BizPal is a multi-partnered online service that provides prospective business owners and entrepreneurs with one-stop access to permit and licence information across Canada.

For entrepreneurs and prospective business owners in the Northwest Territories, BizPal provides an easy and convenient means to access critical information needed to establish and run a business in most communities in the NWT.

Simply answer a series of questions about the business you would like to start and BizPal will automatically generate a list of permits and licences from all levels of government (federal, provincial, territorial and municipal), with basic information on each, as well as links to government sites where you can learn more and, in some cases, apply online.

Whether you want to start or grow your business – or are already operating, BizPal can help you get on your way. Designed for maximum convenience, BizPal can significantly reduce the amount of time you would otherwise have spent on research.

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  • It’s free – Search for the permits and licences you may need to start or grow your business.
  • Saves time and money – Spend less time searching for information and more time building your business.
  • Improves business planning – Know which permits and licences are needed so that you get it right the first time.
  • Get Answers – Available 24/7 to help you navigate government requirements specific to your business type.


No, BizPal is a free service offered by the government; however, a cost may be associated to acquiring the permits and licences you need. Visit

Permits and licences are required to ensure that you are following the regulations set out by the government for conducting and building a business in Canada. Failure to comply with permit and licence regulations could result in fines.

All you have to do is answer a short series of questions about your current or proposed business to create a customized list of the permits and licences you may need from all levels of government. Be sure to save or print your results for future reference.

Based on your answers, a list of the permits and licences required for your business will display. To make things smoother, you should obtain the permits and licences in the order in which they are listed.

Step 1: Where will you operate your business?

Step 2: What type of business will you operate?

Step 3: Questions about your business


To acquire the permits and licences from your municipality, you may contact your local city hall or…

Municipal and Community Affairs
Government of the Northwest Territories
500, 5201 – 50th Avenue
Yellowknife, NT X1A 3S9

Tel: (867) 767-9164
Fax: (867) 873-0309

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Business Tip

Setting up your business e-mail: Brand your e-mail to match your business name. For example: