Clothing Drop Box Operators who are not registered as a charitable or not-for-profit organization are required to obtain a clothing drop box licence.

Additionally, all clothing drop boxes placed on private or public property must display a permit:

  • All clothing box operators require location permits for each box
  • Only two drop boxes will be allowed per municipal address
  • All clothing drop box operators, including charitable organizations, must display the permit sticker

Individuals, partnerships or corporations.

Apply in person at the Licence and Permit Issuing Office at East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell, 3rd floor.

Clothing Drop Box Operator Licence fee:  $549.95

Location permits for each box: $113.52

Additional fees below can be incurred though enforcement actions.

Original documents required for all applications (and renewal transactions).

Two pieces of government-issued identification (one must be photo ID):

  • Canadian Passport (photo ID)
  • Driver’s Licence (photo ID)
  • Canadian Birth Certificate
  • Citizenship Card
  • Permanent Resident Card
  • SIN Card (Social Insurance Number)
  • Valid Work Permit


  • First and last names must match on all identification
  • We do not accept Health Cards

Partnerships and corporations must also provide the following;

  • a business location/address;
  • a copy of provincial business name registration or signed franchise agreement; and
  • a partnership agreement


  • a copy of Articles of Incorporation (Note: If there has been a change to the list of officers and directors, please also provide a current Corporate Profile Report.)

If the president, director or officer of the corporation are unable to apply in person at the Licence & Permit Issuing Office, a designate may apply on their behalf. The designate must:

  • have an original letter advising of their signing authority on the corporation letterhead;
  • provide two pieces of identification for themselves; and
  • provide two pieces of identification for each officer and director of the corporation, or, if original identification is not available, notarized photocopies of the identification.

Applicants must provide an original Criminal Record and Judicial Matters Check issued by a Canadian Police Service within 280 days prior to the application.

Please note:

After November 1st, 2018, under Province’s Police Record Checks Reform Act, 2015, Municipal Licensing and Standards will require “Criminal Record and Judicial Matters Checks” for all applications and renewals. “Criminal Record Checks” will not be accepted.

Applicants must provide the municipal address(es) of site where the clothing drop box(es) will be located.

Site plans or surveys, identifying the location of the clothing drop box on the premises, must be provided.

A letter from the property owner or management company permitting the clothing drop box be erected, displayed, located or placed on the premises.

Applicant must sign a declaration that the owner has not been convicted more than three times for violations under the Clothing Drop Box Bylaw.

Applicants must advise if they are a charity, religious institution or non-profit organization.

Charities must provide their registration number to be exempt from the requirements for obtaining a clothing drop box operator licence.

If a clothing box does not have an easily visible permit sticker:

  • A notice will be posted on non-stickered boxes on municipal or private property.
  • If the box is not removed in seven days, the City will remove it at a cost of $300, plus $15 per day storage fee, charged to the property owner.
  • An additional disposal fee for illegal clothing drop boxes of $80 per disposal can also be charged.
  • Clothing drop boxes placed on the City’s right-of-way (streets, boulevards, sidewalks) without permission will be removed immediately.
  • The City can revoke a permit if the property owner/operator has unpaid fines.

Your licence will expire annually on the anniversary of the date that the licence was first issued.

The renewal fee is $232.23 for Clothing Drop Box Operator.

The renewal fee is $113.52 for a location permit for each box.

A renewal notice, identifying any documents required to renew the licence, will be mailed to the address on file.

Payments received after the licence expiry date are subject to late fees in addition to the annual licence fee.

If you fail to renew your licence within 90 days of the specified renewal date, your licence will be cancelled and you will have to reapply.