Municipal Operating Licence

Within the City of Toronto, licences are required for many types of businesses.  Municipal licensing requirements may differ outside the City of Toronto. Contact Toronto Municipal Licensing and Standards to determine if your business requires a licence

Phone: 416-392-6700

Website: toronto.ca/licensing

Location & Zoning By-Laws | Building Construction Alteration

Municipalities often place zoning restrictions on the location of certain types of business activity.  Prior to leasing or purchasing a property, it is advisable to determine that the contemplated business use is permitted on the property.  In addition, new construction and alterations to buildings often require a building permit.  Information on Zoning and Applications for building permits can be obtained through Toronto Building Division.

Phone: 416-397-5330

Website: toronto.ca/building

Toronto Public Health: Health Inspections & Regulations

To ensure your establishment is in compliance with the Ministry of Health regulation for food preparation, water and sanitation facilities contact Toronto Public Health.

Phone: 416-338-7600

Website: toronto.ca/health

Toronto Public Library

Provides a number of resources for small business including: publications; seminars and workshops; business books and book-a librarian for market research for your business planning.

Website: torontopubliclibrary.ca

City of Toronto: Call Centre

The City’s call centre is able to direct you to various city departments for your business needs as well.  If you require assistance to obtain a permit to reserve a City Park, get a permit to close a road for an event, include signage for your business, contact Fire Services for regulations pertaining to your business and much more, then contact 311.

Phone: 311 (Toronto Residents)

Phone: 416-392-2489 (Non-Residents)

Website: toronto.ca/311