County Business Registration

The County of Northern Lights has launched an online Business Registration form! Registration and licensing are completely free and voluntary. County businesses and residents can easily register their business by submitting a completed business registration form or by registering online!

Business registration with the County is free and completely voluntary, however, we highly encourage businesses to register with us!
Benefits of registering include:
  • Help the County's Economic Development department keep a two-way communication relationship with our business community.
  • Helps us better understand the structure and needs of the business community.  
  • Have a list of businesses to consult when looking for local vendors for events, or to pass along recommendations for articles and features in the media. 
  • Registered businesses located in the County will be eligible for nominations for the annual Small Business Awards.
Upon receipt of the completed business registration form, a business license will be issued. There is no fee charged for businesses to register or for a business license.
Already registered and want to update your info? Simply fill out the form below and we will update your information for you!
All confidential information collected from your registration is only accessed by the Economic Development staff. It will not be shared with any other department, Council, or staff member. 
Need more info? Check out the business registration FAQ below, or call the County office at 780-836-3348.


I am a County resident and I own a business, but it’s located in Grimshaw/Peace River/Manning, can I still register?

Yes! You can still register your business, even if it isn’t physically located in the County of Northern Lights.


My business is located out of my home, can I still register?

Yes! You can still register your business, even if you don’t have a separate office/building.


Will my taxes go up if I register my business with the County?

No, when you register your business, that information remains within the Economic Development department. It is not shared with any other staff members, departments or Council. Property taxes go up based on the following; property improvements, mill rates, provincial tax increases, etc.


What is the benefit(s) to registering?

Registering your business helps the County increase your business profile through marketing campaigns, like Small Business Week and MoveUp Magazine, as well as having a vendor list to reference when planning events, or when other organizations are planning events, workshops, and projects, and request a list of local businesses from the County.

Businesses that register can also opt into the Economic Development Business e-Newsletter to get information related to operating a business, updates on new programs and training, insights into marketing topics, and more.

Registration also helps to provide an overview of the current business environment in the County, and proof of business licensing is also often required when applying for funding through financial institutions. 


What do you do with our information?

After you register your business, your information will then be entered into our business contact system. Through this system we can easily generate data related to businesses in the County; the number of industry types, the number of small, medium, and large-sized businesses, etc. Your individual responses and contact information is never released to anyone.

There are times when an organization is conducting a survey/business assessment for the area (like the Retail Gap Analysis and Industry Review) and they request non-identifying information; like the number of businesses in an industry, the average size of County businesses, etc. and we will provide the information, without giving away identifying information. 

Register your business online here, or fill out the form and email it to