Starting January 1, 2023, the City will discontinue issuing plate stickers for your licence and you will not be required to display plate stickers anymore. This does not affect the licence to operate your business and no further action is required from your end. For questions, please contact

What Do I Need to Do to Be Able to Operate?

  • obtain a motorized refreshment vehicle owner licence
  • obtain an ice cream vending permit
  • optional: Obtain a mobile food vending permit to operate on city streets. Ice cream vendors can apply for a mobile food vending permit to operate like a food truck.

 Where and When Can I Operate?

  • on local and residential streets in all parts of the city for up to 30 minutes at a time
  • up to 30 minutes on one street
  • at least 30 metres from a school

Sole proprietorships (individuals), partnerships or corporations.


Applications must include two pieces of identification, one must be photo ID:

  • Canadian Passport
  • Driver’s Licence
  • 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
  • For sole proprietorship or individual applicants, one piece of ID must provide proof of work status


Certificate of Insurance

Applicants must provide proof of $1,000,000 insurance Personal Liability & Property Damage (PL/PD) insurance. The completed Certificate of Insurance must be signed and stamped by the insurer.

Additional documentation may be required:

  • If you are applying as a corporation, please submit:
    • 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 or a Federal Form 6);
    • The Annual Return for Corporation Form, signed by an officer or director, which lists all current directors & officers of the Corporation;
    • Two pieces of government-issued identification (one must be photo ID) for each officer/director;
    • A Criminal Record and Judicial Matters Check for each officer/director issued by a Canadian Police Service within 280 days prior to the application.
  • If you are applying as a designate for a corporation, please submit all corporation requirements as well as an original letter advising of signing authority on corporation letterhead, signed by a director of the corporation and dated within 30 days.
  • If you will be leasing the vehicle, please submit a vehicle leasing contract.
  • If you will be operating the vehicle, please submit the following
    • A valid G Class Photo Drivers Licence;
    • A copy of the applicant’s driving record abstract. This should include a three year (or more) driving history recorded by the Ministry of Transportation. This record should be less than 30 days old.
  • If your vehicle uses propane, please submit a Propane Tank Field Approval and Contractor Inspection. This must include:

Your vehicle must have the following:

  • Painted with Contrasting Colours on Both Sides of Vehicle
  • Client’s Name: 10 cm. (approx. 4 inches) in height
  • Business Name: 10 cm. (approx. 4 inches) in height
  • Licence Number: 6.3 cm. (approx. 2.5 inches) in height
  • Plate Number: 15 cm. (approx. 6 inches) in height
  • Address/Commissary: 10 cm. (approx. 4 inches) in height (for food trucks only)

Applications need to be submitted online. You cannot apply for this licence/permit in-person.

Apply online

Please have all required documents ready to upload before starting the application, as it requires 10-15 minutes to complete and cannot be saved. Download a step by step guide on how to submit a new application. Licence application fees can be paid online or by sending a cheque.

Submit Application

If you have already submitted an application you may upload additional documents using your upload token.

Upload Documents for Existing Request

Apply in-person

You must book an appointment at the Licence and Permit Issuing Office, 850 Coxwell Avenue, 3rd Floor. Walk-ins will not be accepted.

Book Appointment

Please arrive 10-15 mins early to check in and be on time for your appointment or you may be turned away and asked to re-book for another day and time, subject to availability.

You must bring a complete application as applications will not be accepted unless all the required documents are provided. Bring hard copies of all required documents and forms, including a recent photo if required. Digital copies of documents will not be accepted.

Payment can only be made by debit, credit or cheque. Cash will not be accepted.

Application fees and licence fees must be paid online.

Application fee: $254.69 (inclusive of GST)

  • The application fee is non-refundable and is required upon submittal of a complete application.

Licence fee: $1,046.93 (inclusive of GST)

  • The licence fee is due upon approval of the application.

Total fee (Application fee + Licence fee): $1,301.62

To operate on public roads, vendors require an ice cream vending permit. Vendors on private property do not require a permit, but require the permission of the property owner and applicable zoning by-laws may apply. See Chapter 740 for vending restrictions.

Permit fee

  • Six-month permit: $337.34
  • Nine-month permit: $506.03
  • One-year permit: $674.72

*All fees include HST


Applicants must provide proof of $2,000,000 in Commercial General Liability (CGL) insurance.

The completed insurance form must be signed and stamped by the insurer.

Business Licence

Proof of a valid Motorized Refreshment Vehicle Owner Licence.

ML&S shall deny an application for, or a renewal for any business, trade or calling for which a vehicle and it’s driver are licenced or required to be licenced by the City under this Chapter and for which a licencesee is required to hold a valid provincial driver’s licence under this Chapter where the licensee or applicant has:

    1. Been convicted at any time of a sexual offence against a minor or a person with a disability under any of sections 151 to 153.1 of the Criminal Code;
    2. Been convicted of any sexual offence under the Criminal Code in the preceding ten years;
    3. Been convicted of an offence under the following Criminal Code sections in the preceding five years:
      1. 84 to 117.15 (Firearms and Other Weapons);
      2. 264.1 to 286.1 (Offences Against the Person);
      3. 321 to 378 (Offences Against Rights of Property);
      4. 379 to 462 (Fraudulent Transactions, Wilful and Forbidden Acts of Certain Property, Offences Relating to Currency);
      5. 462.3 to 462.5 (Proceeds of Crime).
    4. Been convicted at any time of an offence under the following Criminal Code sections:
      1. 83.01 to 83.33 (Terrorism);
      2. 219 to 248 (Major Offences Against the Person);
      3. 267, 268, 270.01, 272, 273 (Major Assaults or Major Sexual Assaults).
    5. Been convicted of an offence under the following Controlled Drugs and Substances Act sections in the preceding ten years:
      1. 5 (Trafficking);
      2. 6 (Importing and exporting);
      3. 7 (Production);
      4. 7.1 (Possession for use in production or trafficking).
    6. Been convicted of any offence under section 4 (Possession or obtaining) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act in the preceding five years;
    7. Been convicted of five or more offences under Chapter 545 or 546 of the Toronto Municipal Code in the preceding three years;
    8. Any overdue by-law fines, unless the applicant provides proof that such fines have been subsequently paid.
    9. Been convicted of any offence under sections 249, 252, or 253 of the Criminal Code (Motor Vehicles, Vessels, and Aircraft) in the preceding five years;
    10. Accumulated nine or more demerit points on his or her driving record abstract at the time the application for a licence or renewal is made;
      2 September 6, 2017
    11. Been convicted of any of the following offences under the Highway Traffic Act in the preceding five years:
      1. Careless driving;
      2. Racing or stunt driving;
      3. Exceeding the speed limit by 50 km/hour or more;
      4. Failing to stop for a school bus or when signaled or asked by a police officer;
      5. Failing to remain at the scene of a collision;
      6. Driving while licence suspended.

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.

Your licence will expire annually on the anniversary of the date that the licence was first issued. A renewal notice, identifying any documents required to renew the licence, will be mailed to the address on file.

The renewal fee is $865.80

Existing licensees must renew their licences online. Licence renewal fees can be paid online or by sending a cheque.

Please have all required documents ready to upload before starting the renewal, as it requires 10-15 minutes to complete and cannot be saved. Download a step by step guide on how to renew a licence or permit.

Renew Licence

Find your outstanding business licence or permit renewal invoice.

If you fail to renew your licence according to the bylaw, your licence will be cancelled and you will have to reapply.

You must continue to provide proof of $1,000,000 in Commercial General Liability (CGL) insurance. The completed Certificate of Insurance must be signed and stamped by the insurer. The Certificate must be sent by email to directly from the Insurance Representative.

Renewal Forms