Application Process & Timelines

Opening a cannabis-related business in the City of Leduc requires a Development Permit and a Business Licence. A Building Permit may also be required for a change in occupancy or structural changes. Interested parties may wish to familiarize themselves with the following documents:

>> Cannabis Land Use Guidelines
>> Development Permit Application Requirements: Retail Store (Cannabis)
>> Minimum Requirements for Plan Submittal for Commercial/Industrial Development
>> Commercial/ Industrial Development Permit Application 

Interested applicants are encouraged to schedule a pre-application meeting with the Planning and Development department at 780-980-7124 to discuss details of their application and whether they comply with the city's regulations.

It is possible that multiple applicants may express interest in opening retail locations in the same area. In this case, it will not be possible for all applications to be approved under the Land Use Bylaw.

Submitting an Application

Applications can be made in person at the Civic Centre or online through CityView Portal beginning July 18, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. MST. There will be a single counter identified at the Civic Centre for recieving in-person cannabis-related permit applications.

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Some important items to note:

  • A 30-minute penalty will be applied to applications submitted before 8:30 a.m. MST July 18, 2018. The penalty will be applied at 8:30 a.m. MST, which means applications will not enter queue for review until  9 a.m. MST at the earliest.
  • Payment will be the last step before an application can be verified for submittal. A time stamp will not be applied until the Permit Services Clerk receives confirmation that payment has been made. Applications submitted through CityView will require a Permit Services Clerk to review for completion and request any missing documents before posting a request for payment. Once the applicant has received electronic confirmation of their payment the applicant must notify Permit Services, who will verify payment and enter a time stamp on the application. For information on application fees, please reference the city’s Fees Bylaw.
  • AGLC eligibility no longer required: Following discussions with the Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Commission (AGLC), it has been determined that the previously required confirmation from the AGLC that the applicant has successfully completed all background checks will be waived. Interested applicants may submit their applications prior to completing their AGLC background checks. It will be the responsibility of the applicant to forward a copy of their suitability confirmation email to the city once recieved from the AGLC. This must be recieved prior to opening for business, in compliance with federal and provincial legislation.


The completeness of an application directly affects the timeframe in which it is processed. Once an application has been deemed complete, it will be processed on a first come, first served basis.

Because cannabis-related businesses are identified as a discretionary use, they are subject to a 21-day appeal period following issuance of a development permit. In the event that the permit is appealed, the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board will hold a hearing within 30 days of the appeal being filed and will give a decision within 15 days after the hearing has concluded.

Federal and Provincial Requirements

Compliance with the city’s requirements does not change an applicant’s requirements to comply with federal and provincial legislation. Applicants should be familiar with all applicable policy and regulation prior to submitting an application to the City of Leduc.