Application Requirements for Business, Trades and Professions

How to apply for a Pet Shop licence

In Toronto, pet shops are required to obtain a licence.  This includes shops or places where animals, including birds, are sold or kept for sale.

Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 545, Licensing provides information about requirements and regulations that apply to this business, including how animals must be housed and cared for and where they can be obtained.

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 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 * $621.25  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   A criminal reference check is not required. / Applicants must provide a criminal reference check issued by a Canadian Police Service within 280 days prior to the application.  Learn more here.
Public Health inspection Applicants must provide pass Public Health Inspection prior to applying for this licence.  Contact Toronto Public Health to request an Inspection at 416-338-7600 or

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.

Toronto Animal Services

An inspection of the premises will be conducted by Toronto Animal Services 

* 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.