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


Category Definition
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.
Private School Bus or School Transportation Drivers Any driver that uses a bus or vehicle to transport children to school privately.
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.
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.

You can apply for new business licences or permits online or in-person.

Apply online

Save yourself time and 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.