Town of Wembley







WHEREAS the Municipal Government Act, being Chapter M-26.1 of the Revised Statutes of Alberta 2000 and amendments thereto, provides that a Council of a Municipality may by By-law control and regulate business, business activities and persons engaged in business within the municipality and provide for a system of licenses permits or approvals for same, and

WHEREAS it is desirable and in the best interest of the Town of Wembley that a By-law be passed regulating, licensing and controlling hawkers and peddlers operating within the corporate limits of the Town of Wembley; 

NOW THEREFORE, the Council of the Town of Wembley, duly assembled, hereby enacts as follows:


Part 1- Definitions:

  1. This Bylaw shall be cited as the “Hawkers & Peddlers Licence By-Law”

    1. In this Bylaw:


(a) Application - shall mean application for a Hawkers and Peddlers license and application for renewal of a license required by this Bylaw.

(b) License- means a Hawkers & Peddlers License issued pursuant to this Bylaw.

(c) Council - shall mean the Council of the Town of Wembley. 

(d) Exemption - shall mean an exemption to the requirement to obtain a Hawkers and Peddlers License, such exemption to be given by a Council resolution.


(e) Hawker or Peddler - means a person whether as a principle or agent who:

i. goes from residence to residence selling or offering for sale any merchandise or service to any person, and who is not a wholesale or retail dealer in merchandise or service with a permanent place of business in the Town of Wembley;

ii. offers or exposes for sale to any person by means of samples, patterns, cuts or blueprints, merchandise to be afterwards delivered or shipped into the Town of Wembley, or 

iii. sells merchandise on the streets or roads or elsewhere than a building that is his permanent place of dwelling or business in the Town of Wembley;

(f) Peace Officer – means a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, a Peace Officer appointed pursuant to the Alberta Peace Officer Act, or a By-Law Enforcement Officer appointed by the Town of Wembley.

(g) Mobile Vending Units - means a motor vehicle, trailer, or similar structure designed for the purpose of offering products for sale.

(h) Person - means a person or persons, firm, partnership or body corporate including a partnership, a group of persons acting in concert or any association unless the context explicitly or by necessary implication, otherwise requires.

(i) Town - means the Town of Wembley.


Part 2 - General Provisions

2.1 No Hawkers and Peddlers License shall be granted until such time as the applicant holds a valid Provincial or Federal License, where required by law.

2.2 No Hawkers and Peddlers License shall be granted until the applicant has submitted to the Designated Officer the proper fee as provided by this By-law.

2.3 The Person shall make written Application to the Office of the Town of Wembley on the form specified in Schedule “A” which is hereby declared to form a part of this by-law.

2.4 When submitting the Application, the person shall pay the required license fee as listed in Schedule “B” which is hereby declared to form a part of this by-law.

2.5 A Hawkers and Peddlers License shall be in effect for the duration stated on the business license provided.

2.6 Hawkers and Peddlers issued a License under this By-law shall carry the License on their Person at all times when conducting their business within the Town of Wembley.

2.7 Hawker or Peddler shall not conduct their operation in such a manner as to offend the general public. Upon receipt of bona fide complaint, the Designated Officer or Peace Officer may advise the hawker or peddler of the nature of the complaint and may require that the matter be rectified.

2.8 If the Designated Officer for the municipality or Peace Officer finds a hawker, peddler or mobile vending unit in operation and such hawker, peddler or mobile vending unit does

not have a valid and subsisting license to conduct business pursuant to the

provisions of this bylaw, the Designated Officer or Peace Officer may close the “business” immediately.


2.9 A Designated Officer of the Town of Wembley may at any time revoke or suspend a License issued under the provisions of this By-law for failure to comply or maintain any of the above provisions.

Part 3 – General Rules

3.1 No Person shall, within the Town, carry on or operate any business as a hawker or peddler unless he/she holds a valid and subsisting license to conduct such business pursuant to the provisions of this By-law.

3.2 Person shall produce on request their License for the inspection by a designated officer for the Town of Wembley, Peace Officer or upon the request of any customer he approaches within the Town of Wembley.

3.3 No Person shall call upon residents before 9:00 a.m.or after 9:00 p.m. 

3.4 No Person shall park Mobile Vending Units on Town streets. They shall only be allowed on private property with the written consent of the owner, or in places specified by Council resolution.


Part 4 – Exemptions

4.1 Local service groups or charitable organizations may be given an exemption to the requirements of this by-law, by a letter from the Chief Administrative Officer. An example of such organizations would be the Girl Guides and their annual cookie sale.




5.1 Any person who contravenes any provisions of this Bylaw is guilty of an offense and shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine of not less than two hundred dollars ($200.00) or more than two thousand dollars ($2,000.00).

5.2 A notice or form commonly called a Violation Ticket, distributed by the Province of Alberta, may be issued by a Peace Officer to any Person alleged to have reached or contravened any provision of this Bylaw, and the said ticket shall require the payment to the Provincial Court of Alberta.


Part 6 – Severability

6.1 Should any provisions of this Bylaw become invalid, void, illegal or otherwise not enforceable, it shall be considered separate and severable from the bylaw and the remainder shall remain in force and be binding as though such provision had not been

Part 7 – Enactment

7.1 This Bylaw shall come into force and effect upon receiving third and final reading and being duly signed.

Read a first, second and by unanimous consent of all Councillors present, a third and final time and finally passed this 8th day of September A.D., 2014.




Print Application Form



License Fees:

Hawkers and Peddlers License Daily License $100.00/day

Annual License $300.00/year

Annual Licenses shall cover the calendar year-January 1st to December 31st.