Licences, Permits and Exemptions

Limousines

Companies that book and arrange limousines, limousines owners and limousines drivers are required to be licensed.

Limousines are also required to be of a certain type and vehicle age.  View requirements here.

Applicable Legislation

This licence is regulated by Municipal Code, Chapter 546, Licensing of Vehicles-For-Hire

General information and updates

On May 3, 2016, City Council made a series of decisions related to taxicab, limousine and Private Transportation Company (PTC) regulations. Below are the changes that effect as of July 15, 2016

ExpandVehicle-for-Hire Bylaw Background

Over the past few years, ground transportation has changed dramatically in Toronto and worldwide, and our regulatory framework has to change with it.  The change has been driven by the public’s embrace of technology, expectation of choice, and the nature of “on-demand” convenience and service.

On May 3, 2016, City Council made a series of decisions related to taxicab, limousine and Private Transportation Company (PTC) regulations.  

The Vehicle-for-Hire bylaw, in effect since July 15, 2016 substantially changes the city's approach to regulation within the ground transportation industry.

By creating the Private Transportation Company (PTC) licensing category, companies such as Uber will be permitted to operate in Toronto, with regulation.

The Vehicle-for-Hire bylaw:

  • regulates taxicabs, limousines and private transportation companies (PTCs)
  • focuses on public safety and consumer protection
  • ensures accessible vehicle-for-hire services
  • allows for increased competition and innovation

 

Staff will report back to Council within the year with updates on implementation and outcomes.

ExpandLimousine Owners

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On May 3, 2016, City Council made a series of decisions related to taxicab, limousine and Private Transportation Company (PTC) regulations. The changes are in effect as of July 15, 2016.

Questions Answers
I want to own a limousine. Is training required?

Limousine owners are no longer required to take City-run training as a condition of licensing including both initial and refresher training.

Am I required to do CPR and First Aid training? No. CPR and First Aid Training are no longer required as a condition of licensing.
Why do I need to obtain a Vehicle-for-hire driver's licence to drive my Limousine?

The new Vehicle-for-hire Bylaw separates the roles and responsibilities of limousine owners from limousine drivers. The bylaw requires that limousine owners who wish to drive their taxicab must obtain a Vehicle-for-hire driver's licence.

The new licence costs $130 per year and does not require additional training. A limousine owner who does not drive does not need to obtain this licence.

How long can my limousine stay on the road? Sedans can now stay on the road for seven (7) model years and be put on the road at anytime within the seven years.  The vehicle can carry up to seven (7) passengers.
Are there any changes involving stretch limousines? No.  City Council did not approve changes to stretch limousines. 
Have the ratio requirements changed? No.  City Council did not approve the changes to ratio requirements. 
I heard that there will be changes to the inspection process. What are they? That is correct.  There will be changes to the inspection process.  The details are not yet available.  However, you can check for updates regarding your next inspection cycle requirements at toronto.ca/vehicleforhire

ExpandLimousine Drivers

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On May 3, 2016, City Council made a series of decisions related to taxicab, limousine and Private Transportation Company (PTC) regulations. Changes are in effect as of July 15, 2016.  

Questions Answers
What training is required for limousine drivers? At this time, Limousine drivers no longer need to take City-run training as a condition of licensing. This means that both initial and refresher training are not required.
Am I required to do CPR and First Aid training? No. CPR and First Aid Training are no longer required as a condition of licensing.
Does my limousine licence change? Your licence is now a new Vehicle-for-Hire (VfH) licence which will allow you to drive either a taxicab or a limousine. At your next licence renewal, a new licence with "Vehicle-for-Hire Driver" will be issued to you instead of a "Limousine Driver" licence.
I am licensed as both a taxicab and limousine driver. How will my licences be transitioned to the new Vehicle-for-Hire Driver's Licence?  Your driver's licence that is due to be renewed next (either the taxi or limo licence) will be cancelled. The remaining licence will permit you to operate as either a taxicab or limousine.  You will be sent a Licence Renewal Notice before the expiry date of your remaining driver's licence. Once renewed, you will be issued a VFH drivers licence that will continue to give you permission to operate both a taxicab and a limousine. 

 

How to apply

In Toronto, any person or entity which accepts calls in any manner for booking, arranging or providing limousine transportation is required to obtain a license.

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.


Note that partnerships and corporations must provide additional documentation, and that corporations may send a designate.

Learn more about partnership and corporation applications here.

Application fee * $402.78  
 
View all business, trades, and profession application and renewal fees.
Identification 

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.
Schedule of rates The rate, fare, fee or charge for the conveyance of persons by a limousine
Limousine owners List of limousine owners.
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 546, Licensing of Vehicles for Hire.

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

In Toronto, limousine owners are required to obtain a licence. A limousine owner is a person who owns a limousine, to be driven for money.

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

$1,146.85 
View all business, trades, and profession application and renewal fees.

Identification 

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.
Driving RecordAbstract A current three-year abstract for the applicant from the Ministry of Tranportation.
Insurance requirements

Applicants must provide proof of $2 million in Commercial General Liability (PL/PD) insurance.  

We are only able to accept

  • Orginal completed forms that are signed and stamped by the insurer; or
  • Faxes and emails (of completed forms that are signed and stamped by the insurer) directly from the insurer.

Our fax number is (416) 392 4515 and email address is mlstaxilimo@toronto.ca

Minimum age to hold licence Applicants must be at least 18 years old.
Schedule or rates A list of rates charged to customers.
Photo Photo to be taken at time of application.
Vehicle ownership  An original copy of the provincial vehicle registration, where the name and address match the applicants. i.e. If applicant is a partnership or corporation, the vehicle ownership must be registered to the partnership or corporation.
Safety inspection An original valid Safety Standards Certificate by an approved Ministry of
Transportation Vehicle Inspection Centre
Used vehicle package  If the vehicle is not new, the applicant must provide a Used Vehicle Information Package (UVIP) from the Ministry of Transportation.
Limousine owners who wish to drive a taxicab must also be licensed as a Vehicle-for-Hire driver. 

All licensed limousines must have an agreement with a licensed limousine service company. 

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 546, Licensing of Vehicles for Hire.

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

In Toronto, whose who drives a limousine, for money, are required to obtain a Vehicle-for-Hire Driver Licence. This licence also allows licensees to drive taxicabs. 

How to apply

Applicants must apply in person at the Licence & Permit Issuing Office with the following:

What you need to apply (all documents must be submitted at time of application)

Who can apply Individuals.  
How to apply

Applicants can apply in person at the Licence & Permit Issuing Office at East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell, 3rd floor.

Application fee *

$130.00 
 
View all business, trades, and profession application and renewal fees.

Identification 

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.

Driver's licence

A valid Province of Ontario Class G (or higher) driver's licence. 

Driving Record Abstract  A current three-year abstract for the applicant from the Ministry of Transportation. (No more than 30 days old)
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.
Minimum age to hold licence Applicants must be at least 18 years old.
Photo A photo will be taken at the time of application.

What happens after you apply

*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 for all licences, visit Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 546.

Applicants are subject to the screening criteria