Clothing Drop Box Permit

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Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 395, Clothing Drop Boxes,  requires that all clothing drop boxes placed on private property display a permit.

  • All clothing box operators require location permits for each box.
  • Only two drop boxes will be allowed per municipal address.
  • All clothing drop box operators, including charitable organizations, must display the permit sticker (below).

The Clothing Drop Box By-law ensures that the public is aware of where used clothing donations are going, creates a registry of clothing box owners and deters litter and unsightly views for residents.

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. 

Application fee *

$529.27 application fee + location permits for each box at a cost of $109.25

(Each year, the licensee must pay a renewal fee and a location permit fee for each box.)

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

See possible additional fees below.**


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.
Clothing drop box locations

Municipal address(es) of site where the clothing drop box(es) will be located.

Site plans

Site plans or surveys, identifying the location of the clothing drop box on the premises.

Letter from property owner A letter from the property owner or management company permitting the clothing drop box be erected, displayed, located or placed on the premises.

Applicant must sign a declaration that the clothing drop box owner has not been convicted more than three times for violations under this bylaw, and has not been charged more than three times under any section of this Chapter for which the proceedings have not been finally disposed of.

Charities, religious institutions or non-profit organizations

Applicants must advise if they are a charity, religious institution or non-profit organization.  Charities must provide their registration number.

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 as well as annual location fees for each box, as described in the table above.  See 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. 

** Other Clothing Drop Box Fees

As mentioned above, all clothing box operators will require location permits for each box at the cost listed above per year. Other fees associated with clothing drop boxes include:

Removal fee of an illegal clothing drop box $100
Retrieval of illegal clothing drop box $200
Storage of illegal clothing drop box $15 per day
Disposal fee for illegal clothing drop box $80 per disposal
If a clothing box does not have an easily visible permit sticker:
  • A notice will be posted on non-stickered boxes on municipal or private property. 
  • If the box is not removed in seven days, the City will remove it at a cost of $300, plus $15 per day storage fee, charged to the property owner.

Clothing drop boxes placed on the City’s right-of-way (streets, boulevards, sidewalks) without permission will be removed immediately. The City can revoke a permit if the property owner/operator has unpaid fines. 

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