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DISCLAIMER:  Please check with your local municipality for renting and licensing requirements.  This page is simply here to act as a template and guide to help get you started! Click below for the help you are looking for. 

Share Your Kitchen

If leasing, check your lease agreement to make sure you are able to allow another business to operate. If you are able to, move on to step 2. If you are not, speak with your landlord on potentially amending your lease agreement to allow you. You can mention that this is also beneficial to the landlord as it will help you earn extra to make sure your rent is always on time.  

If you own, then you can move on to Step 2. 

This is a great opportunity to get to know one another and build a strong relationship. It is important to go over expectations and be as open as possible.  It is also important to show the potential renter your kitchen in person because this will give them a chance to see if it serves the purpose they need or if there’s enough space for extra equipment.  

Some good questions to ask:

  • How many hours per week do you need?
  • What equipment do you need?
  • How many workers will be coming in?
  • What time window would you prefer?
  • How long have you been in the business?
Move onto Step 3

Your agreement should be tailored to your needs and expectations of renting your kitchen. 

Your lease should cover, but is not limited to:

  • Name of the renter’s business or corporation
  • Rent amount either per hour or monthly
  • Length of the agreement (3 months, 1 year etc.)
  • Damage deposit and damage deposit conditions
  • What the renter has permission to access
  • If the renter has their own insurance
  • If the renter is responsible for their own health, business permits, GST collections and any other licenses required by the city
  • Termination conditions 
  • Cleaning expectations and requirements
  • Late rent penalties – if necessary

Here are some helpful links to get you started on creating your own agreement. 

Here is a sample agreement to help guide you. It is recommended you get a lawyer to review your agreement.  

Your new renter will need to show the city the lease agreement as proof of their business operations.

The city will then get the renter to apply for their business license, food permit and ask for your space (The space the renter’s will be using) to be approved by Alberta Health Services (AHS)

After AHS has approved the kitchen, the renter will provide the approval certificate to the city and the city will issue their business license. (Could be different for different municipalities, please check with your local registry on the process). 

Make sure to confirm the renter’s eligibility to rent by getting copies of the renter’s business license, food permit and insurance. 

It is important to keep open and honest communication

This partnership is mutually beneficial and only makes the workplace more enjoyable when everyone gets along. 

Finding a Kitchen to Rent

This website is meant to make it easy to find the ideal commercial kitchen for you. 

  1. Search the Available Kitchen section in the website. 
  2. Choose the ones that meet your criteria and give the owner a call/email and etc. 
  3. You can save time by asking the owner if your business would be a good fit for their commercial kitchen.

Important information to know when calling each commercial kitchen:

  • What kind of food items do you need to prepare?
  • How many hours per weeks will you be needing to use the space?
  • How much storage do you need?
  • Will you need to bring special commercial equipment?
  • What hours of the day you would like to work?

It is always important to meet in person because you are trying to start a partnership and it’s important to get to know one another. Being able to get along is just as important as having the commercial space to rent. 

During the meeting:

  • Ask to see the kitchen and visualize if the commercial space will work well for you
  • Discuss a fair rate
  • Understand sharing expectations and rules. 

It is important to read through the lease agreement and understand the expectations in renting the commercial space. 

You can expect on the lease agreement: 

  • Name of your business or corporation
  • Rent amount either on an hourly or monthly basis
  • Length of the agreement (3 months, 1 year etc.)
  • Damage deposit and damage deposit conditions
  • What amenities you have permission to access
  • Ask about your insurance
  • Ask that you have your own health, business permits, GST collections and any other licenses required by the city
  • Termination conditions 
  • Cleaning expectations and requirements
  • Late rent penalties if necessary

Having this is agreement is important in getting your business license complete if you do not have it. 

At the registry, they may ask for proof of business operations and usually the lease agreement can show for this.  What to apply for at the Registry: 

  • Food Permit: They will ask you arrange a time with Alberta Health Services (AHS) to have your rented commercial space inspected. 
  • Business License: You must start the application here, once you have your food permit, you will be issued the business license. 

Be sure to be familiar with Alberta Health Services commercial kitchen guidelines. Normally the commercial kitchen you are going to rent should already be approved by AHS, however, AHS will also need to approve the space again for your business.  The owner will be very knowledgeable in this area and should be able to help. Here is a checklist to help make sure the commercial space will pass.  ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES CHECKLIST.

Once you have passed your AHS inspection, your food handling permit will be issued to you. You now have everything you need to get your business license approved.

Be sure to provide a copy of your food handling permit, business license and insurance to the owner as proof of eligibility. 

You are now ready to start ! Best of luck!


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