For information on which businesses and activities require a licence or permit, and how to apply, visit the section on the City of Toronto website. To view fees, please visit the website.

The following are the documentation requirements for filing business licenses.

All Applications:

Valid photo ID (i.e. Driver's Licence, Ontario Photo ID Card)
Proof of work status (i.e. S.I.N. Card, Canadian Passport or Citizenship Card, Permanent Resident Card, work permit).

Individual Applications:

  • Copy of the Provincial Business Name Registration or Franchise Agreement
  • Business location/address

Partnership Applications:

  • Copy of the Business Name Registration or Franchise Agreement in the names of both partners
  • Business location/address
  • (Notarized) Controlling Interest Form provided by staff
  • Partnership Agreement if Available

Corporation Applications:

  • Letter of Signing Authority on the corporate letterhead is acceptable if President/Officer is unable to attend Licensing office in person.
  • Copy of the Provincial Business Name Registration or Franchise Agreement
  • Annual Limited Liability (LTD) Form provided by staff
  • Copy of the Articles of Incorporation (and/or Corporate Profile Report) including the names of all current officers.
  • Business location/address
  • (Notarized) Controlling Interest Form provided by staff -- if the shares are 50/50

**Please note: A Zoning clearance is required for all new applications (either to be completed by ML & S or through Toronto Building by the client).

New applications for businesses not licensed within the previous one year for public garages, adult entertainment facilities, body rub parlours, holistic centres and entertainment facilities will have to submit to a Preliminary Project Review (PPR) - documentation is to be submitted directly Toronto Building Division for review at a cost.

For information on which businesses and activities require a licence or permit, and how to apply, visit the section on the City of Toronto website. To view fees, please visit the website.


All applicants must obtain his/her own Criminal Background Check. Please visit the Toronto Police Service website for more information.