In Toronto, businesses that sell cigarettes and tobacco products are required to obtain a Smoke Shop 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.
Learn more about partnership and corporation applications here.
|Application fee *||$621.25
View all business, trades, and profession application and renewal fees.
Two pieces of government-issued identification, including:
|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 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.