Application Requirements for Business, Trades and Professions

How to apply for a Building Renovator licence

In Toronto, a person who repairs or renovates buildings/structures, including anyone who advertises themselves as a renovator, is required to obtain a licence.  Building renovation following activities:

  • bricklaying/masonry
  • carpentry
  • caulking
  • flat roofing
  • concrete work
  • drywall/taping
  • eavestroughing
  • installation of aluminum or vinyl products
  • manufacture or installation of cabinets and vanities
  • plastering
  • shingling
  • stucco
  • tile setting
  • tuck pointing
  • underpinning 
  • waterproofing

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)

Applicant 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 *

$452.95 ($390.18 application fee + $62.77 exam fee) 

View all business, trades, and profession application and renewal fees.

Two pieces of government-issued identification, including:

  1. proof of work status, such as a Canadian Passport or Citizenship Card, Permanent Resident Card, Work Permit, Canadian Birth Certificate; and
  2. a valid photo ID such as a Driver's Licence, Photo Identification Card, Canadian Passport.

Note that Health Cards are not accepted.

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.
Photo A photo will be taken at the Licence & Permit Issuance Office at the time of application.
Minimum age to hold licence Applicants must be 18 years of age or older to apply.
Trade exam

Applicants must successfully complete an examination.  

The examinations are oral and in English, however you mean bring an interpreter to assist you. The examination takes around 30 minutes and covers sections on business acumen, by-law knowledge and technical knowledge.

Please submit this completed examination application form with your application.

Health and Safety Declaration

Applicants must complete a declaration advising they have working knowledge of the Ontario Health & Safety Act with respect to industry regulations.    

What happens after you apply

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 contactWhat they will request
Toronto Building

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 is expired less than one year prior. A signed lease agreement or proof or property ownership is required.

* If the licence or permit is granted, licensees and/or permit holders will be required to pay an annual renewal fee, listed in the Fees table. 

For complete application and operating requirements, visit Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 545, Licensing.

Applicants must also satisfy the Business Licensing Thresholds in Appendix K.