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Applications, Forms, Licenses and Permits


Application for Committee Appointment

Thank you for your interest in the City of Yellowknife's Committees, Boards and Commissions. To view current vacancies please visit our committee page.

Application for Committee Appointment

Building Services

Permit Applications can be made by:

Apply for Permits

Building Services Division general inquires can be made by:

Building Inspection requests can be made by:

Paper (offline) Applications

Letters of Assurance


Other City of Yellowknife Divisions Applications:

Other agencies involved in the building process:

Electrical and Gas and Other specific Installations

GNWT-Public Works and Services for inspections, registration and permits for: electrical work, elevators; boilers and pressure vessels; gas installations.

Office of the Fire Marshal Plan Evaluations

GNWT-Office of the Fire Marshal (OFM) for plan reviews and specifications for the construction, alteration or repair of structures to make sure proper precautions are taken against fire and the spread of fire.

Energy Efficiency Evaluations

Arctic Energy Alliance (AEA) for energy efficiency evaluations and advice.

Business Licensing

Please see the Fees and Charges By-law No. 4436 (pages 3 to 7) for information regarding the business licence fees organized by the type of business licence/service.

View our online Business Directory to look up local businesses.

Business Licence Fee Waiver

The City of Yellowknife is taking action to help local businesses and our economy recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. For 12 months beginning September 1, 2021, the City will waive business licence fees for eligible small and medium-sized businesses when renewing their licence. Businesses must be operating in one of the qualifying industries, licenced in Yellowknife, and have been negatively impacted by COVID-19. 

If requested, eligible businesses must be able to demonstrate a revenue loss of at least 20% between March 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021.

Please, carefully read the FAQ before applying.

Apply online to waive your business licence fee or in person at the City Hall.

For more information, contact us at or 867.669.3424

Economic Development


The Department of Economic Development and Strategy is pleased to assist you with any questions regarding filming on municipal lands in Yellowknife. View our Filming Documents and Orderly Use of Highway Permit Application (Road Closure).

Community Services


Community Programs and Events


Recreation Programs

Finance, Lottery and Tax forms

Lottery forms:

Tax forms:

Fire Division

Food Vending Permit

For more information regarding business licensing expand the business licensing tab above.

  • Prior to the Business License being issued you will need to provide proof of:

    • Propane / Gas inspection (if applicable) - Government of the Northwest Territories at (867) 767-9043 ask to speak to a Gas Inspector.
      • If not applicable then proof that an inspection is not necessary
    • Health Inspection - Government of the Northwest Territories at (867) 767-9066 ask to speak to a Health Inspector.
    • Proof of 2 million dollar liability insurance listing the City of Yellowknife as an additionally insured

    Once a Business License is issued you will be required to sign a Food Vendor Agreement.

    The City's Business By-law states that all vendors must  comply with Territorial & Federal laws/regulation. This includes:

  • If required by the NWT Office of the Fire Marshal (867.767.9161), a Plan Review

Once the Food Vendor Agreement is signed a parking permit is required which is purchased at City Hall.  2019 Food Vendor Parking Map

Questions: Please contact us at or 867.920.5600

Planning and Lands

Online Permitting

Go paperless and submit applications for a Development Permit, Checklist, Request for a Certificate of Compliance or File Information through CityView Online Permitting Software.


Submit a development permit
Apply for a checklist

Apply for Permits

Paper Application Forms (Planning)

Customers can still fill out paper applications and submit them to or in-person at City Hall during regular business hours.

Downtown Sidewalk Patio

Checklist/Minor Residential Development

A Residential Checklist application (instead of a Development Permit) is required for minor development on existing residential lots such as construction of an accessory deck, a shed or detached garage not exceeding 75 sq.m., or addtions to existing single-detached dwellings and depluxes that do not create a new dwelling unit, provided the proposed development complies with all applicable zoning regulations. The City reserves the right to require a Development Permit at the discretion of the Development Officer.

Development Permits


Land Related

Request for Information

 Residential Parking Pass

Site and/or Building Improvement

 Zoning By-law or 2020 Community Plan Amendments

Public Safety

Boat Licences

A Pleasure Craft Operator Card (or equivalent proof of competency) is required to operate a power-driven watercraft in Canada to show that you understand the rules of the water and how to safely operate a boat.  The Pleasure Craft Operator Card is commonly known as a Boating License or Boat Card.

You can get one by passing an accredited boating safety test, such as the Boat Smart Exam.

Learn more about Transport Canada Boating Safety.


Blasting is a common practice in construction in Yellowknife given our location and ground conditions. Prior to commencing a blast, blasting companies are required to notify the appropriate authorities, including the City's Fire Division, Municipal Enforcement Division and Department of Public Works and Engineering. It should be noted that blasting is often dependent upon weather and site specific conditions which may cause delays in the blasting schedule.

Blasts are regulated under the NWT Explosives Act which is enforced by the Workers Safety and Compensation Commission (WSCC). Should you have questions with regard to blasting within the community, please contact the WSCC or the local blasting companies.

Public Works and Engineering

Water Services

Water Services information


Road Closures Requests

For any construction work done in Yellowknife that affects a road or alley an Orderly Use of Highways Permit Application must be submitted to the City for approval. Please allow a minimum of three business days for this application to be processed.


Yellowknife Accessible Transit Service (YATS)

To register for YATS, please download the YATS Application Form. The form contains a section that must be completed by a health care professional. For more information on the YATS application process please visit Accessible Transit.


Outdoor Space Grant

The City is offering local businesses up to $10,000 to expand their outdoor space and we want to hear your ideas.

Possible scenarios include: 

  • Utilizing the sidewalk adjacent to your business
  • Using outdoor spaces (parking) for patios, tents and kiosks
  • Street closure for multi-business sidewalk sale

All ideas will be reviewed. 

Apply to the Outdoor Space Grant or for more information contact us at or 867.669.3424

Indoor Space Improvement Grant

From October 18, 2021, small and medium-sized businesses are invited to apply to the City of Yellowknife's Indoor Space Improvement Grant. Any reasonable and necessary expenses made by businesses to remain engaged with current and future customers throughout the pandemic may be submitted for reimbursement of up to $5,000.

Please Note: This program will consider any eligible costs/expenses incurred after May 10, 2021.

Apply for an Indoor Space Improvement Grant.

For more information, contact us at or 867.669.3424


City of Yellowknife
General Inquiries
City Hall
4807 - 52 Street
P.O. Box 580
Yellowknife, NT X1A 2N4
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P: (867) 920-5600
F: (867) 920-5649
Email Us

Hours of Operation

Winter Hours effective following the Labour Day Weekend
until prior to the Victoria Day Weekend (September to May)
Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Summer Hours effective following the Victoria Day Weekend
until prior to the Labour Day Weekend (May to September)
Monday to Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Mailing Address & Phone Numbers

Yellowknife City Hall
4807 - 52 Street, P.O. Box 580, Yellowknife, NT X1A 2N4

Switchboard - (867) 920-5600
Mayor/City Manager - (867) 920-5634
Booking Clerk - (867) 669-3457
Municipal Enforcement (MED) - (867) 920-5630
After Hours (MED) - (867) 920-2737
After Hours (Public Works) - (867) 920-5699