Businesses that provide personal services that could pierce the skin are required to obtain a personal service setting licence.

Different types of personal service activities include:

  • Aesthetics – beautifying, cleaning, stimulating, hydrating or waxing the skin through the use of cleansers, antiseptics, lotions, exfoliants, masques, essential oils and hair removal waxes
  • Body piercing – piercing the skin with a needle or an ear-piercing device to insert jewellery
  • Electrolysis – removing hair through an electric current conducted through a needle inserted into a hair follicle
  • Hairstyling – cutting, shaving, styling or hair colouring, including facial hair
  • Manicures and pedicures – cosmetic treatment of nails and skin on hands and feet
  • Tattoo and micropigmentation – depositing pigments below the skin with needles

Individuals, partnerships or corporations.

Apply in person at the Licensing and Issuing Office located inside the East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell, 3rd floor.

$362.00

Original documents required for all applications (and renewal transactions).

Two pieces of government-issued identification (one must be photo ID):

  • Canadian Passport (photo ID)
  • Driver’s Licence (photo ID)
  • Canadian Birth Certificate (photo ID)
  • Citizenship Card
  • Permanent Resident Card
  • SIN Card (Social Insurance Number)
  • Valid Work Permit

Note:

  • First and last names must match on all identification
  • We do not accept Health Cards

Partnerships and corporations must provide:

  • a business location/address
  • a copy of provincial business name registration or signed franchise agreement
  • a partnership agreement

Or

  • 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.)

If the president, director or officer of the corporation is unable to apply in person, a designate may apply on their behalf. The designate must:

  • have an original letter advising of their signing authority on the corporation letterhead
  • provide two pieces of identification for themselves
  • provide two pieces of identification for each officer and director of the corporation, or, if original identification is not available, notarized photocopies of the identification.

Applicants must provide an original criminal record/background check issued by a Canadian Police Service within 280 days prior to the application.

Note: A criminal record/background check is required for all corporate officers and directors.

Proof of a passed Health Inspection from Toronto Public Health.

You can arrange this by calling 311 or the Health Connection Line at 416-338-7600.

Where electrolysis, body piercing, micropigmentation, or tattooing is provided, applicants must provide proof of $1,000,000 in Commercial General Liability (CGL) insurance.

A form certificate will be provided at time of application for your insurance provider to complete.

Completed forms that are signed and stamped by the insurer can be returned by fax or emailed directly from the insurer.

Applicants must provide a valid Certificate of Qualification issued by the Province of Ontario through the Ontario Colleges of Trades.

Ontario College of Trades Client Services: 1-855-299-0028

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. When zoning approval is not required, you must provide a signed lease agreement or proof or property ownership.

Your licence will expire annually on the anniversary of the date that the licence was first issued.

The renewal fee is $237.99

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 within 90 days of the specified renewal date, your licence will be cancelled and you will have to reapply.