Businesses that sell fireworks from a temporary mobile location, such as a trailer in a parking lot, are required to obtain a licence.
Individuals, partnerships or corporations.
Must be at least 18 years of age
Original documents are required for all applications and renewal transactions.
Include two pieces of government-issued identification (one must be photo ID):
All applicants must also provide the following:
Corporations must also provide:
If a director of the corporation is unable to apply in person at the Licence and Permit Issuing Office, a designate may apply on their behalf. The designate must:
Applicants must provide an original Criminal Record and Judicial Matters Check issued by a Canadian Police Service within 280 days prior to the application.
A designate applying on behalf of a corporation must also provide a Criminal Record & Judicial Matters Check for each officer and director of the Corporation.
Minimum insurance requirements vary depending on the type of fireworks being sold:
The completed insurance form must be signed and stamped by the insurer.
A letter on letterhead dated the current calendar year advising the property owner gives permission for fireworks to be sold on the property.
A sketch of the property and where fireworks will be sold.
A Natural Resources Canada Authorization of Explosives licence is required if the vendor stores over 1000 kg (gross weight) of family fireworks at the site.
The Licence and Permit Issuing Office at the East York Civic Centre is closed due to COVID-19. Businesses requiring licences and/or permits from the City of Toronto can apply via a new online application portal.
Licence application and renewal fees must be paid online.
If you have already submitted an application you may upload additional documents using your upload token.
ML&S shall deny an application for, or a renewal, for all businesses required to be licenced under this chapter that has:
Despite these screening criteria, if a licence has been previously issued or renewed and the applicant’s or licensee’s record discloses no new breach of the screening criteria, the licence may be issued or renewed without the matter being referred to the Toronto Licensing Tribunal.
These screening criteria do not apply to any offence for which a licensee or applicant has been granted a criminal record suspension (i.e. a pardon) by the Parole Board of Canada.