Application Requirements for Business, Trades and Professions

How to apply for a Commercial Parking Lot licence

Commercial Parking Lots are required to be licensed by the City and prior to September 1, 2015, were licensed as a Public Garage with a Parking Lot Endorsement (PG-PL).

Effective September 1, 2015, Operators of Commercial Parking Lots require a licence from the City as a "Commercial Parking Lot Operator" (CPL). This new CPL licence replaces the existing PG-PL licence, and operators will be required to abide by updated regulations.

Which businesses require this licence?

The CPL Operator Licence applies to the operator of “any location that demands compensation in relation to the use of a parking space.”

Each location to be operated as a CPL (whether on a temporary or permanent basis), requires:

  • a separate CPL Operator licence; and
  • appropriate zoning clearance under existing zoning by-laws, in order to operate and be licensed.

The licence requirement does not apply to:

  • parking lots that offer free parking;
  • parking space rented on a weekly, monthly, or yearly basis for an individual's exclusive use;
  • parking space located upon the driveway of a residential building;
  • parking lots operated by or under the authority of the Toronto Parking Authority regulated under Chapter 179;
  • parking locations operated by City agencies, boards, commissions and divisions; and
  • parking locations operated by registered charitable organizations.


Where the property owner and the operator of the parking lot on that property are not the same entity, the operator must provide to ML&S, proof of authorization from the property owner.

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.

Preliminary Property Review

The applicant should contact Toronto Building to request a Preliminary Property Review. (This can be done by email or in-person at a Toronto Building counter.)

Application fee *

$410.84 for commercial parking lots

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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.
If you issue Private Invoices  
  1. a completed Acknowledgement Form

  2. photographs of the signage posted at your parking lot premises,

  3. a copy of your private invoice (front and back), and

  4. proof of authorization, if you are not the owner of the property and are operating the parking lot on behalf of the property owner.

If you issue City Parking Infraction Notices and/or Toronto Police Service Tow Cards If you are not the owner, you must submit proof of authorization from the owner advising that they approve of the issuance of City Parking Infraction Notices and/or Toronto Police Service Tow Cards.
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.  

* 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 are subject to the Business Licensing Thresholds in Appendix K.