To apply for the following licences please see How to Apply at the bottom of this page.


Category Definition
Rental Car Business Businesses that rent out vehicles to the public for personal use.
Temporary Sign Providers Businesses that apply for, manage, and monitor temporary signs.
Circuses A circus is a show or performance involving one or more of the following: clowns, acrobats, trained animals, musicians, dancers, hoopers, tightrope walkers, jugglers, musicians and stunt oriented artists. Food can also be sold for consumption. It can be held in a temporary or permanent location.
Public Halls and Banquet Halls Businesses that rent out their premises for dances and parties. If the location has a valid liquor licence, a licence is not required.
Drivers of Food Trucks and Ice Cream Trucks Any driver of a food or ice cream truck.
Private School Bus or School Transportation Drivers Any driver that uses a bus or vehicle to transport children to school privately.
Buskers & Sidewalk Performers Buskers play music or otherwise perform for voluntary donations in the street. Examples of buskers are: singers, jugglers and mimes.
Sidewalk (Chalk) Artist Chalk artists create drawings on the sidewalk for voluntary donations in the street.
Portrait Artist Individuals that make and sell on-site portraits.
Traveling Salesperson (Non-Resident) A person who has not resided in the City of Toronto for the past three months that sells items to the public.
Chimney Repairman  A person or business that repairs chimneys.
Driveway Paving Contractor A person or business who repaves residential and commercial driveways.
Second Hand Goods Collector with Vehicle Businesses the collect secondhand items with a vehicle on City streets.

For application information for common businesses and professions visit Permits & Licences.

Starting January 4, the Licence & Permit Issuing Office at the East York Civic Centre is closed to the public. You can apply for new business licences online.

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.

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