In Toronto, bowling alleys are required to obtain a licence.
How to apply
Applicants must apply in person at the Licence & Permit Issuing Office with the following:
What you need to apply
|Who can apply||Individuals, partnerships or corporations.|
|How to apply||
Applicants can apply in person at the Licence & Permit Issuing Office at East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell, 3rd floor.
|Partnerships and corporations (not applicable to individuals)||Applicants must provide a business address, as well as other documents depending on the business. Documents may include articles of incorporation, corporate profiles, franchise agreements, partnership agreements and provincial name registration.
Learn more here.
|Application fee *||$398.97
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Two pieces of government-issued identification, including:
|Insurance Requirements||Applicants must provide proof of a minimum of $1,000,000 in Commercial General Liability (CGL) insurance against loss or damage resulting from bodily injury to or the death of one or more persons, or from loss or damage to property resulting from any one accident.|
|Criminal reference checks||Applicants must provide a criminal reference check issued by a Canadian Police Service within 280 days prior to the application. Learn more here.|
Where other division approvals are necessary for a licence or permit to be granted, Municipal Licensing & Standards (ML&S) staff will initiate the approval process once an application is received, and applicants are not required to take any further actions at this stage.
See the table below for the list of approvals ML&S will seek.
|Who City staff will contact||What they will request|
Zoning approval is required for the majority of new business licence applications. For those businesses in which zoning approval is required, ML&S staff will initiate the approval process after the application is received. Learn more about zoning.
Zoning approval is not required if an applicant it taking over an existing business that has a valid business licence or has expired less than one year prior. A signed lease agreement or proof or property ownership is required.
For complete application and operating requirements, visit Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 545, Licensing.
Applicants are subject to the Business Licensing Thresholds in Appendix K.