Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) is an industry advocacy program that helps us understand how industrial businesses can overcome regulatory, development and policy challenges and identify opportunities for growth. We have a dedicated team ready to help you in every stage of your business, from pre-application to follow-up to aftercare. Whatever stage you’re at, we are able to assist.

Business Retention and Expansion team



About BRE

The Edmonton Industrial support teams works with Edmonton businesses to facilitate City of Edmonton processes and procedures. We also work with industry to identify issues that may require advocacy, as well as identifying needs of our business partners. 

  • Business visitations - We meet with business owners to discuss and get to know their operations and business. We assist in identifying what you need for success, as well as work with other areas of the City to best manage issue resolutions for successful outcomes. To book a visitation, contact us below. 
  • Business learning opportunities: We host workshops and seminars to provide local learning opportunities on timely business topics. Input for topics to cover is always welcome.
  • Communication: We publish newsletters to keep our business community informed. Please contact us to sign up below. 
  • Business Satisfaction Survey: We conduct regular surveys to get the pulse of the City and identify areas that we are doing well, as well as areas where we can improve. 


Contact Us


Q: How long until my Building Permit and Development permits get released?
 For the most up to date answer, please see the Building Permit Application and Inspection Processing Times site., or feel free to email us. Please include your DP or BP number and address if you have applied.  

Q: When can I get in for a Pre-app meeting for a major DP?
Meetings will now be offered every Wednesday on a first-come, first-served  basis. Meetings are 50 minutes long and provide an opportunity to meet with a team of City staff from different departments to review and discuss your proposal, identify any issues and assist in submitting a complete development permit.  To register for a pre-application meeting, complete the request form and online fee payment 2 weeks prior to the desired meeting date. Pre- Application Meetings

Q: I am looking at purchasing a piece of land, what are assessment fees?
A: Please contact us, so we can find out what fees apply to you. For more information please see the following site. Fees & Assessments 

Q: What is the difference in terms of applications for discretionary use and permitted use, and what do I need to be aware of?
 Discretionary use requires public notification of 21 days in addition to the normal timelines required for a development permit. If you require zoning assistance please feel free to reach out to us. 

Q: I am having issues in my area as it relates to infrastructure. (Roadways, drainage, landscaping, etc)
Please contact us with any issue that you are having. 

Q: What is the City and other levels of government doing to support COVID-19?
 Please see the following link. COVID-19 Support for Edmonton Businesses.