Auction sales business licence

Get a licence to hold sales by public auction.


An auction sales business is an individual, partnership or corporation that engages in the business of:

  • holding sales by public auction
  • holds a sale by public auction
  • advertises a sale by public auction including a sale of goods in lots by public auction

If your business does not require this licence, you do not need to proceed further.

How to apply

You need to provide:

  • information on your business
  • a criminal record check or police information check
  • a security
  • trust account information
  • payment of a licensing fee

To get started, follow the instructions below to save and open the application form.

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Application form

Application for an Auction Sales Business Licence

Your responsibilities

Licence holders must notify Service Alberta and Red Tape Reduction in writing within 15 days of a change in:

  • business address
  • partners of the business if the licence is issued to a partnership
  • officers or directors of the corporation if the licence is issued to a corporation

Licence holders must notify Service Alberta and Red Tape Reduction in writing within 15 days of ceasing to carry on the activities for which the licence was issued.

It is your responsibility to ensure your licence is in force as long as you continue to do business. Once your licence is issued, note the expiry date and ensure your licence is renewed prior to this date.

Licensees must be able to provide confirmation of licensing on request. This can be done by providing a copy of the licence or by providing other confirmation that the business is properly licensed. This can include providing a link to the Find a Licensed Business search tool.

Qualified auctioneers

An auction sales business must employ qualified auctioneers to conduct the auctions who are members in good standing of the Auctioneers' Association of Alberta, or:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • have successfully completed an auction course recognized by Service Alberta and Red Tape Reduction, or has been an auctioneer in another jurisdiction for at least one year, immediately prior to the date of sale
  • a Canadian citizen who has been a resident of Canada for at least 3 consecutive months immediately prior to the date of the sale or is a non-resident legally admitted to Canada under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada)


Note: applicant, directors, officers and partners are required to read the Consumer Protection Act and its regulations associated with this licence and understand that certain sections are of significance, including but not limited to the specific sections noted below:

Consumer Protection Act

  • Section 120 regarding public auctions
  • Section 121 regarding licensing

Public Auctions Regulation

  • Section 6 regarding qualifications for auctioneers
  • Section 6.1 regarding conditions of sale
  • Sections 15, 16 and 17 regarding trust accounts

General Licensing and Security Regulation

Copies of legislation may be obtained from the Alberta King’s Printer.


Connect with the Consumer Contact Centre:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-427-4088
Toll free: 1-877-427-4088 (in Alberta)
Email: [email protected]

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