A pedicab is a vehicle that can be pulled or pushed by a person, with or without an electric motor. A pedal-powered rickshaw is also considered a pedicab. Both the pedicab owner and driver are required to be licensed. For example, if you own and drive a pedicab, you will need two licences – pedicab owner and pedicab driver.
Sole proprietorships (individuals), partnerships or corporations.
Note: Under the pilot program in Toronto, owners of large quadricycles need to apply for pedicab owner and driver licences. The City has been approved to issue a maximum of eight pedicab licences for large quadricycles. No more than four such licenses can be approved for any single company. Owners and drivers of large quadricycles are responsible for understanding and following any Provincial rules.
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 & Permit Issuing Office, a designate may apply on their behalf. The designate must:
Note: The designate will not be able to sign the Annual Return Form.
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.
A copy of the applicant’s driving record abstract: a three year driving history recorded by the Ministry of Transportation. This record should be less than 30 days old.
Provide a photograph of the pedicab or portable display unit.
Applicants must provide proof of $1,000,000 in Commercial General Liability (CGL) insurance. Owners of large quadricycles 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.
In the case of large quadricycles, owners also need to provide the City with their proposed routes. This is then reviewed and approved by Transportation Services, prior to the issuance of the pedicab owner business licence.
Please submit maps of each proposed route indicating:
You can consult the following resources to help plan your routes.
You can apply for new business licences or permits online or in-person.
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.
If you have already submitted an application you may upload additional documents using your upload token.
You must book an appointment at the Licence and Permit Issuing Office, 850 Coxwell Avenue, 3rd Floor. Walk-ins will not be accepted.
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.
A photo of the applicant must be submitted with all other required application documents. It is essential that the photo provided complies with the Licence Application Photo Requirements. Failure to do so may result in delayed or rejected applications.
After a completed application and all documents are submitted, staff will determine whether there are concerns with the applicant obtaining a licence.
In the case of large quadricycles, owners need to first apply for the pedicab owner business licence. After the initial business licence application review has been completed by Municipal Licensing & Standards, operators will be asked to provide their proposed routes. This will then be reviewed by Transportation Services. If approved by Transportation Services, the pedicab owner business licence will be issued by Municipal Licensing & Standards.
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 licensee is required to hold a valid provincial driver’s licence under this Chapter where the licensee or applicant 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.
All pedicabs, including large quadricycles, are prohibited from operating during rush hour on all city streets Monday through Friday between 3:30 and 6:30 p.m., excluding statutory holidays. They are also prohibited on the following streets at all times:
In addition, pedicabs that are large quadricycles are restricted to operating on routes pre-approved by Transportation Services. Route approval for large quadricycles may be amended, suspended or revoked with 48 hours’ notice at the discretion of Transportation Services.
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 for owners is $298.62
The renewal fee for drivers is $311.13
Existing licensees must renew their licences via a new online renewal portal. 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.
If you fail to renew your licence according to the bylaw, your licence will be cancelled and you will have to reapply.