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Policy C5001 - Festival and Special Events Licence Fees
In July 2016, council approved a one year trial of Policy C5001 Festival and Special Events (PDF). Section 6 of Policy C5001, requires that special event organizers obtain a “licence” to host special events in Banff.

At the September 12, 2016, regular council meeting, council requested that administration return with a report establishing a separate licencing fee or surcharge fee for Festivals and Special Events Policy.

Report on Licence Fees for Special Events (PDF)

The Town of Banff is currently assembling a report to be presented to council with further information what fees may be charged for Festivals and Special Event licences based on a review of:
  • Existing fees charged in 2015 and 2016; 
  • A review of special event licence fees charged in other jurisdictions;
  • Stakeholder and community feedback; and,
  • Direction provided in Policy C5001. 

 The following fee options for festival and special events are under consideration:
  • Create a new special event licence fee based on the existing fees charged using Schedule B of the Town of Banff Business Licence Bylaw 22-9;
  • Create a new special event licence fee based on the existing fees charged for special event operators with the inclusion of $10 per vendor licence fee and a non-resident special event licence surcharge; or, 
  • Not require temporary business licences for special event organizers and require individual food, beverage and retail vendors to obtain individual business licences.

If you have input, feedback or comments regarding licence fees for Festivals and Special Events please contact Jennifer Laforest at 403.762.1216 or by email .