A Vapour Product Retailer is any retail store that sells vapour products, such as e-cigarettes.
As of April 1, 2020, speciality vape stores and businesses selling vapour products but not otherwise licenced, need to obtain a vapour product retailer business licence from the City of Toronto.
Licensed businesses, such as convenience stores that sell vapour products along with other products, need to obtain a vapour product retailer endorsement when renewing their existing business licence.
Individuals, partnerships or corporations.
Please review application requirements outlined below and complete any required forms.
Visit the Licence & Permit Issuing Office at East York Civic Centre located at 850 Coxwell Ave, 3rd floor as applications must be processed in person.
Original documents required for all applications (and renewal transactions):
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.
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.
Zoning approval is required for the majority of new business licence applications. When zoning approval is required, City staff will initiate the approval process after the application is received.
Zoning approval is not required if an applicant is taking over an existing business that has a valid business licence or is expired less than one year prior to the time of new application (for the same licence category). When zoning approval is not required, you must complete and sign the Occupancy Declaration Form.
A vapour product retailer endorsement needs to be registered when renewing an existing business licence and can be obtained in-person from the Licence and Permit Issuing Office at 850 Coxwell Avenue, 3rd Floor. There will be no additional cost only if the retailer is an existing business licence holder and obtains this endorsement when renewing the business licence.
Your licence will expire annually on the anniversary of the date that the licence was first issued.
The renewal fee is $315.17
A renewal notice, identifying any documents required to renew the licence, will be mailed to the address on file.
Payments received after the licence expiry date are subject to late fees in addition to the annual licence fee.
If you fail to renew your licence according to the bylaw, your licence will be cancelled and you will have to reapply.