Small Business Property Assessment Sub-Class


As a key part of its economic development strategy, Clearwater County Council has committed to fostering a culture of growth. This means providing a competitive tax environment that encourages sustained growth and development of small business in our communities. 

Until recently, businesses were charged the same property tax rate regardless of their size. The Small Business Property Assessment Sub-Class recognizes the critical role of small businesses in the County by offering a reduced tax rate. 

The Municipal Government Act enables municipalities to create a “small business” sub-class within the non-residential class of property. In 2019, Clearwater County created the Small Business Property Assessment Sub-Class, which offers up to 25 per cent in tax savings compared to other non-residential property.

The program is available to all small business properties (other than designated industrial property) that are owned or leased by a business that has fewer than 50 full-time employees across Canada.

To qualify, each Small Business Property Owner must voluntarily register and the small business must comply with Clearwater County’s Land Use Bylaw.

Properties that are eligible will be taxed at a reduced rate compared to the rural non-residential municipal tax rate. Click here to download an application form. Please send completed forms to or mail/drop off at the County office (4340 - 47 Avenue, Rocky Mountain House, AB T4T 1A4).

For more information, please email or call 403-845-4444.

If you believe your property qualifies for the rural non-residential small business tax class, you must complete an application and submit it for review. 

For more information, please contact the Assessment department at 403-845-4444.