There are five types of permits to sell fireworks on a temporary or permanent basis.

Selling Fireworks Year-Round from a Permanent Location

Businesses selling fireworks all-year from a permanent location are required to purchase a licence.

Selling Fireworks from a Temporarily Leased Location

Businesses that sell fireworks from a temporary, leased location for specific holidays are required purchase a licence.

Selling Fireworks from Parking Lots or Other Temporary Retail Locations

Businesses that sell fireworks from a temporary, mobile location, such as a trailer in a parking lot, are required to purchase a licence.

Temporary Permit to Sell More than 25 Kg of Fireworks from Your Store

Information about applying for a temporary permit to sell more than 25 kg of fireworks from your store.

Temporary Permit to Sell Less 25 Kg of Fireworks from Your Store

Information about applying for a temporary permit to sell less than 25 kg of fireworks from your store.

Fireworks definitions and insurance requirements

Family fireworks – $2,000,000 CGL insurance

  • Low hazard fireworks used for recreation:
    • fireworks showers, fountains, golden rain, lawn lights, pinwheels, Roman candles, volcanoes, sparklers and other similar devices
  • Vendors required to show proof of at least $2,000,000 in Comprehensive General Liability insurance, naming the City of Toronto as an additional insured.

Display and theatrical fireworks – $5,000,000 CGL insurance

  • High hazard fireworks:
    • rockets, serpents, shells, bombshells, tourbillions, maroons, large wheels, bouquets, barrages, bombardos, waterfalls, fountains, batteries, illuminations, set pieces and pigeons.
    • theatrical explosives are those used to produce a pyrotechnic theatrical effect in connection with a movie, theatre or tv production or performance.
  • Vendors required to show proof of at least $5,000,000 in Comprehensive General Liability insurance, naming the City of Toronto as an additional insured.