Do I need a licence for my business, trade or profession?

Do I need a licence for my business?

As per Municipal Code Chapter 545, you require a business licence or permit to operate a variety of different businesses in Toronto.

How do I apply for a licence or permit?

Except where indicated below, to apply, applicants must come in person to the Licence & Permit Issuing Office at East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell Avenue, 3rd Floor.   See office location and general application requirements here. For several popular licences, you can see specific application requirements here.

List of all businesses, trades and professions which require a licence

A complete list of all businesses requiring a licence is listed below.  For more information on each category, please refer to Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 545, Licensing or where linked, related articles below.


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