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Building Code

When requesting Ontario Building Code approval from Building Services Branch, applicants must provide a floor plan (seating plan) indicating tables and chairs, washrooms, exits, etc., and a site plan. A minimum of 10 business days is required to process an application. A Building Official will verify the zoning designation of the premises and conduct a site visit to confirm that the requirements for the occupancy load under the Ontario Building Code are met.

Building Services Branch Fee Schedule

For information on the zoning designation of the location, please contact the Development Information Officer for your area by
calling 3-1-1.

Fire Prevention

Prior to Fire Prevention conducting the inspection, the premises must be ready to open with chairs, tables, etc. If a patio requires an inspection, it must have tables, chairs, etc. set up as well. If the premise required approval under the Ontario Building Code, there must be compliance with the Building Code prior to the Fire Inspection. A minimum of 10 business days is required to process an application for a Fire Inspection. If further information is required, please call 613-580-2424, extension 15371. For additional requirements, visit the Fire Prevention web page.

Health

When requesting Health Protection and Promotion Act approval from Ottawa Public Health, applicants should contact their Public Health Inspector either directly or by calling 613-580-6744, to arrange for an inspection. They should also have their application form available for the inspector during the visit. For additional information, visit the Health Department web page.

Licensing

Your business may require a Business Licence.

Apply for a municipal business licence

Your licence application may require an inspection and approval by staff of zoning, buildings, police, health, fire and property standards. The Business Licensing Centre will coordinate this process and advise you of your status.

What permits or licences do I need?

You may require a municipal business license if you are planning to operate a business in Ottawa. Use BizPal to find information on business permits and licenses from all levels of government.

Business licence application form

How long must I wait before my licence is issued?

The review process varies based on the approvals that are required. In most cases, licences can be issued within six weeks of receiving the application; some licences are even issued within minutes. However, you may experience a delay if you did not submit enough information or if you failed to meet some of the licensing requirements.

Will I have to renew my licence each year?

Most licences have an annual expiry date. You will be notified by mail of your approaching expiry date. Upon notification, you should promptly renew your licence to avoid a late fee.

For more information contact:

Are you planning to open a restaurant, bakery, café, butcher shop or another type of food establishment? The City of Ottawa has resources to assist business owners who are starting to plan and operate a new food establishment, including the Business Ambassador Service and the online Food Premises Application tool available on My ServiceOttawa.

Businesses that require a municipal licence

If you own or operate a business in the City of Ottawa, you may require a municipal business licence. Below is a list of businesses that are licensed by the City of Ottawa and the locations at which applications for such licences can be made.

Available at a City of Ottawa Client Service Centre or the Business Licensing Centre

  • Amusement Place
  • Auctioneer
  • Exhibition
  • Flea Market
  • Food Premise (restaurants, bakeries, butchers & caterers)
  • Pet Shop
  • Public Garage (car dealers, car rentals, car wash, gas station, auto repair shop, auto body shop)
  • Rickshaw
  • Salvage Yard
  • Second Hand Goods Shop
  • Snow Plow Contractor
  • Temporary Sign Lessor
  • Tobacco Vendor

Other permits and licences available at a Client Service Centre

  • Noise By-law Exemption Permit
  • Open Air Fire Permit
  • Pet Registration (Dog and Cat License)

Available at the Business Licensing Centre, 735 Industrial Ave.

  • Adult Entertainment Parlour
  • Adult Entertainment Store
  • All Night Dance Event (Rave)
  • Body Rub Parlour
  • Driving School
  • Exotic Animal Entertainment
  • Exotic Animal Rescue Establishment
  • Fireworks Pyrotechnic Event
  • Itinerant Seller
  • Kennel
  • Limousine
  • Lottery
  • Mural Program
  • Payday Loan Establishment
  • Private Parking Enforcement Agency
  • Private Transportation Companies
  • Refreshment Cart and Vehicle
  • Rooming House
  • Short Term Rentals
  • Taxi
  • Tow Truck Services                                                                                                                                        

Business Hours

Business Licensing Centre
735 Industrial Avenue Counter, 2nd floor
Monday to Friday
8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Please note due to enhanced cleaning measures that take place at the end of the day, clients are requested to arrive before 4:00 pm when possible.

Client Services Centres

Register a new business

To register a new business online: 

To register a new business in person:

  • Go to the Service Ontario location at City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave. West in Ottawa. For other locations offering Business registration services, check the Service Location Finder.

How do I close my business?

Other questions?

Call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401).

BizPaL (Business Permits and Licences)

BizPaL is an innovative online service that provides entrepreneurs with simplified access to information about business permits, licences and other requirements needed to start, operate and grow their business from the federal, provincial/territorial and participating municipal governments.

Benefits of BizPaL

Finding out which government requirements apply to a certain business type can be time consuming and frustrating. BizPaL was created to help identify what you may require, quickly and easily. The information you need is available from a single source; entrepreneurs spend less time dealing with red tape - saving effort and money in the process - and more time building their business. The service is the result of strong collaboration between the federal, provincial/territorial and participating municipal governments and is designed with the following benefits in mind:

  • It's free to use
  • It saves time
  • It’s available 24/7

Launch the BizPaL service

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  • Business type not found: Please note that some types of businesses are not yet included in BizPaL. Contact us if you cannot find a suitable category.
  • Mandatory questions: ALL questions must be answered before continuing to the next step.
  • Asterisk: An asterisk beside a permit or licence name indicates that you must contact the issuing organization and provide more information to determine if you need this permit or licence.
  • Results page: After you answer all questions and obtain your results page, you can begin to contact the issuing organizations to proceed with acquiring your permits and licences.

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Adult entertainment store licence

An adult entertainment store licence is required for any business that sells adult videos or magazines appealing to erotic or sexual appetites.

Approximate cost

  • $793 if principal business
  • $129 if incidental to principal business

The licence expires annually on December 31.

Approximate timeline

  • 3 weeks*

*Timelines are approximate and may be longer due to unforeseen circumstances.

Permit requirements

  • Application form PDF opens in a new tab or window
  • the applicant is 18 years of age
  • the premises complies with zoning, building code, fire code and property standards requirements
  • Proof of ownership or lease
  • Articles of incorporation (if incorporated)
    • Name of company (number or name inc.)
    • Date of incorporation
    • Signature

Who to contact

Business Licensing Centre – 613-580-2424 ext. 12735

Where to apply

Business application form

Adult entertainment parlour owner and operator licence

Adult entertainment parlour owner and adult entertainment operator licences are required for the owner of and operators or managers of any premises or part of a premises which provides live entertainment or services appealing to erotic or sexual appetites. These are commonly known as “strip clubs”.

Approximate cost

  • Owner: $7,639 annually
  • Operator: $1,493 annually

The licence expires annually on January 31.

Approximate timeline

  • 3 weeks

*Timelines are approximate and may be longer due to unforeseen circumstances.

Permit requirements

  • Application form PDF opens in a new tab or window
  • The applicant is 18 years of age and if an operator has provided photographs
  • The applicant has provided the original documents from the issuing agency outlining the results of investigations related to the applicant for a Police Records Check for the Service with the Vulnerable Sector, dated less than 30 days prior to the date of the application for a license
  • The owner provides a floor plan and the building complies with restricted location, zoning, building code, public health, fire code and property standards requirements
  • Proof of ownership or lease
  • Articles of incorporation (if incorporated)
    • Name of company (number or name inc.)
    • Date of incorporation
    • Signature
  • The business has $2 million Commercial General Liability insurance.  Review insurance checklist for CGL $2 million for required information.
  • The licences are non-transferable
  • This information is provided for reference only please refer to the Business Licensing By-law for the legal requirements

Who to contact

Business Licensing Centre – 613-580-2424 ext. 12735

Where to apply

Business application form

All night dance event licence

An All Night Dance Event licence is required for an event that offers live or pre-recorded music between the hours of 3am and 9am. The principal activities of these events include listening and dancing to music.  These events are commonly referred to as “raves”.

Approximate cost

  • $390 per event

Approximate timeline

  • 4 weeks*

*Timelines are approximate and may be longer due to unforeseen circumstances.

Permit requirements

  • Application form PDF opens in a new tab or window
  • the applicant is 18 years of age and is the promoter of the event
  • the applicant provides a detailed plan of the event
  • the owner of the premises,  if not the applicant,  authorizes its use for the event
  • the premises where the event is to be held is licensed by the City of Ottawa as an Amusement Place
  • the premises has been approved by Ottawa Public Health
  • the premises and applicant (provide a Criminal Records Check)have  been approved by Ottawa Police
  • the business has  $2 million Commercial General Liability insurance. Review insurance checklist for CGL $2 million for required information.
  • the licences are issued per event and are non-transferable
  • Articles of incorporation (if incorporated)
    • Name of company (number or name inc.)
    • Date of incorporation
    • Signature

This information is provided for reference only please refer to the Licensing By-law for the legal requirements

Who to contact

Business Licensing Centre – 613-580-2424 ext. 12735

Where to apply

Business application form

Amusement place licence

An amusement place licence is required for a business that provides entertainment or amusement and includes:  five or more arcade machines and/or, five or more billiard or pool tables, a bowling alley, golf driving range, roller skating or a hall where entertainment is provided.

Approximate cost

  • $261 annually

This licence is non-transferable and expires annually on March 31.

Approximate timeline

  • 3 weeks

Timelines are approximate and may be longer due to unforeseen circumstances.

Permit requirements

  • Application form PDF opens in a new tab or window
  • The applicant is 18 years of age
  • The applicant has provided a Police Records Check for Service with the Vulnerable Sector
  • Ensure that business opening date is within four to six weeks of application date
  • The building complies with zoning, building code, fire code and property standards requirements for the specific activities identified by the applicant
  • The premises has been approved by Ottawa Public Health
  • The business has  $2 million Commercial General Liability insurance. Review insurance checklist for CGL $2 million for required information.
    • Proof must be a valid certificate not a quotation, binder or renewal slip.
    • If applicable to the licensed activity, such insurance shall be endorsed to include Liquor License Act Liability or Host Liquor Liability insurance.
  • Proof of ownership or lease
  • Articles of incorporation (if incorporated)
    • Name of company (number or name inc.)
    • Date of incorporation
    • Signature

Who to contact

Business Licensing Centre – 613-580-2424 ext. 12735

Where to apply

In person

Book a business licensing appointment

Online

Complete a business application form request

Auctioneer licence

An auctioneer licence is required for a person selling goods, wares, merchandise or effects and livestock by public auction. 

Approximate cost

  • $225 daily
  • $553 annually*

*The licence expires annually on April 30.

Approximate timeline

  • Usually issued on intake

Timelines are approximate and may be longer due to unforeseen circumstances.

Permit requirements

  • Application form PDF opens in a new tab or window
  • The applicant is 18 years of age and is the auctioneer
  • Articles of incorporation (if incorporated)
    • Name of company (number or name inc.)
    • Date of incorporation
    • Signature

Who to contact

Business Licensing Centre – 613-580-2424 ext. 12735

Where to apply

In person

Book a business licensing appointment

Online

Complete a business application form request

Body-rub parlour licence

A body-rub parlour licence is required for any premises where a body-rub is performed, offered or solicited. A licence is not required when the body-rubs performed are for the purposes of medical or therapeutic treatment and are performed by persons qualified, licensed or registered to do so under the laws of the Province of Ontario.

Approximate cost

  • $1,491 annually

Approximate timeline

  • 3 weeks*

*Timelines are approximate and may be longer due to unforeseen circumstances.

Permit requirements

  • Application form PDF opens in a new tab or window
  • the applicant is 18 years of age and is the owner of the business
  • the applicant provides a Criminal Records Check dated less than thirty (30) days prior to the date of application
  • the premises complies with restricted location, zoning, building code, public health, fire code and property standards requirements
  • the business has $2 million Commercial General Liability insurance. Review insurance checklist for CGL $2 million for required information.
  • Proof of ownership or lease
  • Articles of incorporation (if incorporated)
    • Name of company (number or name inc.)
    • Date of incorporation
    • Signature
  • the licences are non-transferable

This information is provided for reference only please refer to the Licensing By-law for the legal requirements.

Who to contact

Business Licensing Centre – 613-580-2424 ext. 12735

Where to apply

Business application form

Clothing donation box permit

A clothing donation box permit is required except for those owner/operators who fall under the Clothing Donation Box (By-law No. 2023–425), Section 9 – Exemptions.

Cost

Annual permit fee $500 (new or renewal)

Annual box fee $150 per box

The permit is valid for 365 days from the date of issuance.

A full list of associated fees for this permit can be found in the Clothing Donation Box (By-law No. 2023–425), Schedule A – Fees.

Approximate timeline

3 weeks*

*Timelines are approximate and may be longer due to unforeseen circumstances.

Permit requirements

  • The applicant must be at least 18 years of age
  • Proof of ownership including:
    • The municipal address of each clothing donation box to be operated by the owner
    • A written letter of consent from the property owner of each property on which a clothing donation box is to be located, and such letter shall include the property owner’s name and contact information;
  • Contact information including:
    • Telephone number
    • Email address, if available
    • Name and contact information of the operator, if different than the owner;
  • Proof of insurance including:
    • Commercial General Liability insurance subject to a limit of not less than two million dollars ($2,000,000.00) inclusive per occurrence for bodily injury, death, and damage to property including loss of use thereof.
    • The policy must include a provision that the City will receive no less than 30 days written notice of any cancellation, where available
    • The policy shall name the City of Ottawa as additional insured, where available
  • A declaration signed by the applicant confirming that he or she is aware of and will comply with the requirements of the By-law.

Who to contact

Business Licensing Centre – 613-580-2424 ext. 12735

Where to apply

Business application form

Driving school: operator, instructor and vehicle licences

A driving school operator licence is required for a business that teaches individuals to operate motor vehicles. A driving school instructor licence is required for each person who teaches a person to operate a motor vehicle. A driving school vehicle licence is required for each vehicle utilized by a driving school.

Approximate cost

  • Operator: $544
  • Instructor: $233
  • Vehicle: $56 upon initial inspection 

The licence expires annually on June 30.

Approximate timeline

  • Usually issued on intake*

*Stated timelines are approximate and may be longer due to unforeseen circumstances.

Permit requirements

  • Application form PDF opens in a new tab or window
  • Please refer to Business Licensing By-law for specific details
  • The business has  $2 million Commercial General Liability insurance. Review insurance checklist, driving school or driving school instructor, for required information

Who to contact

Business Licensing Centre – 613-580-2424 ext. 12735

Where to apply

Business application form

Exhibition licence

An exhibition licence is required for any event organized by a promoter and operating under a theme or general subject with five or more vendors.*  These are usually short-term events with sale or promotion themes, for example, a trade, sports or home show.

Four or less exhibitors: each person must go to 735 Industrial Avenue and obtain an Itinerant Business Licence.

* This licence does not apply to food vendors at the event

Approximate cost

  • $355 for the first day and $56 for every additional day

Approximate timeline

  • 3 weeks

Timelines are approximate and may be longer due to unforeseen circumstances.

Permit requirements

  • Application form PDF opens in a new tab or window
  • The applicant is 18 years of age
  • The applicant is the promoter of the event
  • The applicant provides a detailed plan of the event and a complete list of vendors
  • The location or premises complies with zoning, building code, fire code and property standards requirements for the specific activities identified by the applicant
  • The premises has been approved by Ottawa Public Health
  • The business has $2 million Commercial General Liability insurance. Review insurance checklist for CGL $2 million for required information.
    • Proof must be a valid certificate, not a quotation, binder or renewal slip. 
  • Proof of ownership or lease
  • Articles of incorporation (if incorporated)
    • Name of company (number or name inc.)
    • Date of incorporation
    • Signature

Who to contact

Business Licensing Centre – 613-580-2424 ext. 12735

Where to apply

In person

Book a business licensing appointment

Online

Complete a business application form request

Exotic animal entertainment event and exotic animal rescue establishment licences

An exotic animal entertainment licence is required for any exhibit, public show, circus, carnival or any act of entertainment using live exotic animals. This includes the use of a live exotic animal in any film or television production. An exotic animal rescue establishment licence is required for any establishment which exhibits, displays or houses any live exotic animal for purposes of rescue and education.

Approximate cost

  • Exotic Animal Entertainment Event: $355 per event
  • Exotic Animal Rescue Establishment: $208 annual

The licence expires annually on December 31.

Approximate timeline

  • 4 weeks** Timelines are approximate and may be longer due to unforeseen circumstances.

Permit requirements

  • Application form PDF opens in a new tab or window
  • Floor Plan
  • proof of ownership or lease 
  • Articles of Incorporation (if incorporated)
    • Name of company (number or name inc.)
    • Date of incorporation
    • Signature
  • The business has Commercial General Liability insurance. Review insurance checklist (exotic animal entertainment event or exotic animal rescue establishment) for required information.
  • Please refer to Business Licensing By-law for specific details

Who to contact

Business Licensing Centre – 613-580-2424 ext. 12735

Where to apply

Business application form

Flea market licence

A flea market licence is required for any indoor or outdoor flea market that is open to the general public and has more than five vendors.

Exemptions:

The requirement for a flea market licence does not apply to:

  • Farmers’ Markets and events that are sponsored by and benefit Farmers’ Markets
  • Public markets managed by the City;
  • Agricultural Fairs and events that are sponsored by and benefit Agricultural Fairs and includes the Kars Fair;
  • The Ottawa Valley Farm Show;
  • Coin, Stamp, Card and Comic Book trade shows;
  • The Central Canada Exhibition;
  • Flea markets that primarily promotes original arts and crafts creations by Canadian artists;
  • Flea markets raising funds for a charitable organization provide that the organization has a Revenue Canada number and the profits go to the charitable organization represented;
  • Flea markets raising funds for not-for-profit organizations that operate solely for cultural or religious goals, civic improvement, recreation, sport or similar community enhancement initiatives but not for profit provided that the profits go to the not-for-profit organization represented;
  • An event that takes place indoors at a shopping mall.

Approximate cost

  • $355 daily
  • $2,237 Annually

These licences are non-transferable and expire annually on December 31.

Approximate timeline

  • 3 weeks

Timelines are approximate and may be longer due to unforeseen circumstances.

Permit requirements

  • Application form PDF opens in a new tab or window
  • The applicant is 18 years of age
  • The applicant is the operator of the flea market
  • The applicant provides a detailed plan of the flea market and a complete list of vendors
  • The location or premises complies with zoning, building code, fire code and property standards requirements
  • The premises has been approved by Ottawa Public Health
  • The business has $2 million Commercial General Liability insurance. Review insurance checklist for CGL $2 million for required information.
    • Proof must be a valid certificate not a quotation, binder or renewal slip
  • Proof of ownership, lease or written permission from property owner 
  • Articles of incorporation (if incorporated)
    • Name of company (number or name inc.)
    • Date of incorporation
    • Signature

Who to contact

Business Licensing Centre – 613-580-2424 ext. 12735

Where to apply

In person

Book a business licensing appointment

Online

Complete a business application form request

Food premises licence

A food premises licence is required for any business that prepares food including bakeshops, butcher shops, caterers, cafés, lunch counters, cafeterias and restaurants. This applies to free standing structures only, whereas refreshment carts, trucks and stands are covered by other licence categories.

A food premises licence is not required where grab and go foods are available, like at gas stations where the customer does not prepare or heat the food product. In these cases, the food must be pre-packaged or the customer must serve themselves. It is also not required for not-for-profit organizations that provide meals for the homeless or in facilities providing residential care services that include meals.

Approximate cost

  • $279 annually

This licence is transferrable and expire annually on March 31.

Approximate timeline

  • 3 weeks

Timelines are approximate and may be longer due to unforeseen circumstances.

Permit requirements

  • Application form PDF opens in a new tab or window
  • The applicant is 18 years of age
  • The business opening date is within four to six weeks of application date
  • The building complies with zoning, building code, public health, fire code and property standards requirements
  • The business has  $1 million Commercial General Liability insurance. Review insurance checklist for CGL $1 million for required information.
    • Proof must be a valid certificate not a quotation, binder or renewal slip.
  • Proof of ownership or lease
  • Articles of incorporation (if incorporated)
    • Name of company (number or name inc.)
    • Date of incorporation
    • Signature

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Who to contact

The Business Information Officer by email bio1stop@ottawa.ca or call 613-580-2745; you can also visit the Business Ambassador Service web page.

For all other information, please call 613-580-2424 ext. 12735

Where to apply

Online

Food Premises Application tool available on My ServiceOttawa or complete a Business application form request.

In person

Book a business licensing appointment

Itinerant seller licence

An itinerant seller licence is required for a business that sells goods:  from their person, door to door, on private property from a vehicle or at a special event from a stand.  It does not include food or refreshments or goods sold by wholesale.

Approximate cost

  • $246 to $621*      

*Fees vary according to the type and duration of itinerant licence

Approximate timeline

  • Usually issued on intake

Permit requirements

This summary is provided for reference only. Please refer to the Licensing By-law for the legal requirements.

  • Application form PDF opens in a new tab or window
  • the applicant is 18 years of age
  • the private property complies with zoning and the owner has authorized the activity
  • the vehicle, if applicable, has been inspected
  • the business has  $1 million Commercial General Liability insurance. Review insurance checklist for CGL $1 million for required information.

Who to contact

Business Licensing Centre. 613-580-2424 ext. 12735

Where to apply

Business application form

Kennel licence: boarding, in-home breeding and recreational categories

A kennel licence is required for any premises where more than a total of 5 dogs and cats, with a maximum of 3 dogs, over the age of 20 weeks are boarded, raised or trained for any period of time.

Approximate cost

  • Boarding: $179
  • In-home and Recreational : $88 annually

The licence expires annually on April 30.

Approximate timeline

  • 3 weeks*

*Timelines are approximate and may be longer due to unforeseen circumstances.

Permit requirements

Who to contact

Business Licensing Centre. 613-580-2424 ext. 12735

Where to apply

Business application form

Limousine Service Licensing

A limousine service licence is required for a business providing pre-arranged passenger ground transportation services utilizing limousines.

An auxiliary service category has also been created to permit specialty services such as senior assistance services and responsible-choice services to help prevent drinking and driving

Approximate cost

  • The licensing fee for a Limousine Service operator is $1,082. Operator licences expire annually on August 31.
  • For each vehicle registered, the licensee must pay $650. Vehicle licences expire annually on August 31. This fee does not apply to auxiliary service vehicles.
  • For each temporary limousine registered, the licensee must pay $120. The expiry date will be indicated on the certificate.
  • The fee to transfer a licence is $55.00.
  • The fee to change the name of the licensee is $55.00.
  • The fee to change the location of the licensee is $100.00.
  • The fee to register a replacement vehicle is $57.00.

Approximate timeline

  • 3 weeks*

*Timelines are approximate and may be longer due to unforeseen circumstances.

Permit requirements

Who to contact

Business Licensing Centre – 613-580-2424 ext. 12735

Where to apply

Business application form

Mobile refreshment cart, mobile refreshment vehicle, mobile canteen & refreshment stand licence

A mobile refreshment cart licence is required for any hand-powered or pedal-powered vehicle from which refreshments may be cooked, carried or offered for sale to the general public. This includes ice cream and frozen milk products. 

A mobile refreshment vehicle licence is required for any motor vehicle or a trailer from which refreshments are cooked, carried or offered for sale to the general public. 

A mobile canteen licence is required for any motor vehicle from which food products and beverages that are prepared and cooked elsewhere are sold to individuals at their place of employment. 

A refreshment stand licence is required for any temporary structure from which refreshments are cooked, carried or offered for sale to the general public

Approximate cost

  • Cart: $246 to $686*
  • Urban Vehicle: $245 to $3,648*
  • Rural Vehicle $185 to $571*
  • Canteen: $261 to $832*
  • Stand: $241 to $900*

*Fees vary according to the type of licence

Approximate timeline

  • 3 weeks*

*Timelines are approximate and may be longer due to unforeseen circumstances

Permit requirements

This summary is provided for reference only. Please refer to the Licensing By-law for the legal requirements

  • Private Property
    • Written authorization from the property owner granting permission to use the property for the purpose applied for
  • City roads and sidewalks
    • Valid Designated Space Permit in accordance with Designated Space By-law (#2007-478)
  • Special Event(s)
    • Written confirmation from event organizer, application form and required documentation along with payment must be submitted to By-law and Regulatory Services prior to the start of the event.
  • Other
    • Application form 
    • the applicant is 18 years of age and is the operator of business
    • the location or premises where the business will operate complies with zoning, building code, fire code and property standards requirements for the specific activities identified by the applicant
    • if the operator does not own the property or premises where the business will operate they have written authorization from the owner for its operation
    • full details of the vehicle, cart or stand to be used, including make, model, style and dimensions, equipment and the provision of photos
    • certificate of inspection by the Technical Standards and Safety Association (TSSA) as required
    • the vehicle, cart or stand complies with the fire code and has been approved by Ottawa Public Health
    • The business has Commercial General Liability insurance (Value varies by type of permit request). Review insurance checklist for mobile refreshment cart, mobile refreshment vehicle, mobile canteen & refreshment stand license for required information.

Who to contact

Business Information Officer - 613-580-2745 or email bio1stop@ottawa.ca

Where to apply

Business application form

Payday loan establishment licence

A payday loan establishment licence is required for the owner or operator of a payday loan establishment that provides payday loans under the provincial Payday Loans Act, 2008.

Approximate cost

  • Owner/Operator: $644 annually
  • Financial Information Poster each: $20

The licence expires annually on September 30.

Approximate timeline for application review

  • 3 weeks

Timelines are approximate and may be longer due to unforeseen circumstances.

License requirements

  • Application form
  • The applicant is the owner or operator of the payday loan establishment and is at least 18 years of age
  • The applicant provides the business address of premises together with the address of any other businesses related to the operation
  • The applicant provides proof to the Chief License Inspector that the applicant is the holder of a current and valid lender or loan broker licence duly issued under the Payday Loans Act, 2008, including the applicable licence number
  • The applicant provides the original documents, dated less than 60 days prior to the date of the application for a licence, and annually thereafter, from the appropriate agency outlining acceptable results of investigations for a Criminal Records Check in relation to the applicant and the payday loan establishment manager (if different from the applicant)
  • The premises in which the business operates complies with the zoning, building, property standards and signage by-law requirements of the City of Ottawa
  • The applicant provides articles of incorporation (if incorporated) certified by government authority and annual return containing list of all shareholders of corporation
  • The applicant provides the names and addresses of each partner (if a partnership) and name under which they carry on business
  • The business has $2 million Commercial General Liability insurance. Review insurance checklist for GCL $2 million for required information.
  • This information is provided for reference only, please refer to the Licensing By-law for the legal requirements

Regulations under the license

  • Each licensee must post the approved City licence in a prominent location on the premises of the payday loan establishment
  • Each licensee and staff member must comply with the requirements of the Payday Loans Act, 2008
  • Each licensee shall inform the Chief License Inspector immediately, in writing, if the licensee’s licence under the Payday Loans Act, 2008, is suspended, ceases to be valid, is revoked or expires
  • Each licensee shall operate only at the location authorized by the licence issued under the Payday Loans Act, 2008
  • The licensee must post, in a prominent place in the establishment, the financial information poster provided by the Chief Licensing Inspector
  • The licences are non-transferable

Who to contact

Business Licensing Centre – 613-580-2424 ext. 12735

Where to apply

Business application form

Pet shop licence

A pet shop licence is required for a business that sells animals for use as pets.

Approximate cost

  • $182 annually

This licence is non-transferable and expires annually on December 31.

Approximate timeline

  • 3 weeks

Timelines are approximate and may be longer due to unforeseen circumstances.

Permit requirements

  • Application form PDF opens in a new tab or window
  • The applicant is 18 years of age and is the owner of the business
  • The business opening date is within four to six weeks of application date
  • The premises where the business will operate complies with zoning, building code, fire code and property standards requirements
  • The applicant provides proof and results of inspection by the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA)
    • proof includes a letter composed and signed by an agent of the OSPCA
  • The business has  $2 million Commercial General Liability insurance. Review insurance checklist for CGL $2 million for required information. 
    • Proof must be a valid certificate not a quotation, binder or renewal slip.
    • Proof of ownership or lease
  • Articles of incorporation (if incorporated)
    • Name of company (number or name inc.)
    • Date of incorporation
    • Signature

Who to contact

Business Licensing Centre – 613-580-2424 ext. 12735

Where to apply

In person

Book a business licensing appointment

Online

Complete a business application form request

Private parking enforcement agency licence

A private parking enforcement agency licence is required for any business that provides parking enforcement services.

Approximate cost

  • $414

Approximate timeline

  • Varies based on criteria

Permit requirements

  • Application form PDF opens in a new tab or window
  • the applicant is 18 years of age and is the owner of the business
  • the applicant has provided the list of addresses of each property where its services are provided
  • the applicant provides the business address and contact information that is provided to the public should they wish to make inquiries about the agency
  • the business has  $2 million Commercial General Liability insurance 

Who to contact

Business Licensing Centre – 613-580-2424 ext. 12735

Where to apply

Business application form

Private Transportation Company Licensing

Private Transportation Company License

Every person who owns or operates a Private Transportation Company shall obtain a PTC licence under the Vehicle For Hire By-law.

A Private Transportation Company is any person or business that offers, facilitates, or operates prearranged transportation services for compensation, form a point in the City of Ottawa to any point within or beyond the City of Ottawa, using any software or application or telecommunications platform or digital network to connect passengers with PTC Drivers, excluding a licensed taxicab using an app.

While Part IV of the Vehicle for Hire By-law, defines the licensing requirements for drivers, it is the responsibility of the Private Transportation Company to license and administer their own drivers. To inquire about becoming a driver, please contact the company directly.

Approximate cost

  • PTC – 1 to 24 affiliated vehicles: $935 + $0.12/trip*
  • PTC – 25 to 99 affiliated vehicles: $2,742 + $0.12/trip
  • PTC – 100 or more affiliated vehicles: $7,948 + $0.12/trip*

* An 12-cent accessibility surcharge is added to all trips.

This licence is non-transferable and expires annually on September 30.

Approximate timeline

  • 3 weeks**

**Timelines are approximate and may be longer due to unforeseen circumstances.

Permit requirements

  • Application form
  • Individual applicants must be 18 years of age or older
  • If the application is a corporation, they must provide proof that the corporation is legally entitled to conduct business in Ontario, including:
    • Letters of incorporation of other incorporating documents, duly certified by the proper government official or department of the Province of Ontario or Government of Canada
    • A certified copy of an annual return which contains a list of all shareholders of the corporation
  • Provide proof of insurance
  • Please refer to Vehicle-for-Hire By-law 2016-272 for additional requirements

Who to contact

Business Licensing Centre – 613-580-2424 ext. 44150

Where to apply

Business application for

Public garage licence

A public garage licence is required for any of the following auto related businesses:

  • Car dealers
  • Car rentals
  • Car wash
  • Gas station
  • Auto repair shop
  • Auto body shop
  • Parking lots

Approximate cost

  • $279 annually

Active licences may be transferred and expire annually on April 30.

Approximate timeline

  • 3 weeks

Timelines are approximate and may be longer due to unforeseen circumstances.

Permit requirements

  • Application form PDF opens in a new tab or window
  • The applicant is 18 years of age and is the owner of the business
  • That business opening date is within four to six weeks of application date
  • The premises where the business will operate complies with zoning, building code, fire code and property standards requirements
  • In the case of a body shop, that has a paint/spray booth, a Certificate of Approval pursuant to the Environmental Protection Act from the Ministry of Environment
  • The business has  $1 million Commercial General Liability insurance. Review insurance checklist for CGL $1 million for required information.
  • Proof of ownership or lease
  • Articles of incorporation (if incorporated)
    • Name of company (number or name inc.)
    • Date of incorporation
    • Signature

Who to contact

Business Licensing Centre – 613-580-2424 ext. 12735

Where to apply

In person

Book a business licensing appointment

Online

Complete a business application form request

Rickshaw owner and operator licences

A rickshaw owner licence is required for a business that provides rickshaw or pedicab services. A rickshaw operator licence is required for each person who operates a rickshaw or pedicab.

Approximate cost

  • Owner: $103 annually
  • Operator: $54 annually*

*A rickshaw operator licence is non-transferable and expires annually on March 31.

Approximate timeline

  • 3 weeks

Timelines are approximate and may be longer due to unforeseen circumstances.

Permit requirements

  • Owner
    • Application form PDF opens in a new tab or window
    • The applicant is 18 years of age
    • The applicant is the owner of the business
    • The applicant has provided the name and address of the rickshaw operators engaged by the business
    • The business has  $2 million Commercial General Liability insurance. Review insurance checklist for CGL $2 million for required information.
    • Proof of ownership or lease
    • Articles of incorporation (if incorporated)
      • Name of company (number or name inc.)
      • Date of incorporation
      • Signature
    • The rickshaw to be used complies with the standards set out in the by-law
      • By-law inspection required
  • Operator
    • The applicant is 18 years of age and has a valid driver’s license
    • The applicant must provide the name and address of the rickshaw owner who will be the business affiliate or employer

Who to contact

Business Licensing Centre – 613-580-2424 ext. 12735

Where to apply

In person

Book a business licensing appointment

Online

Complete a business application form request

Rooming house licence

A rooming house licence is required where a principal dwelling within the whole of a residential use building contains at least four (4) rooming units available to be occupied for compensation.

Approximate Cost

  • $267 to $651 annually*

*Fees vary based on the number of rooming units.

The licence expires annually on April 30.

Approximate timeline

  • 3 weeks**

**Timelines are approximate and may be longer due to unforeseen circumstances.

Permit requirements

  • Application form PDF opens in a new tab or window
  • the applicant is 18 years of age and is the owner of the business
  • the applicant provides a valid Police Record Check (Vulnerable Sector)
  • the building complies with zoning, building code, public health, fire code and property standards requirements
  • the applicant provides proof from the Chief Building Official confirming there are no outstanding orders related to building
  • the business has $2 million Commercial General Liability insurance. Review insurance checklist for CGL $2 million for required information.
  • Proof of ownership or lease
  • Articles of incorporation (if incorporated)
    • Name of company (number or name inc.)
    • Date of incorporation
    • Signature
  • the applicant has provided the name and telephone number of the agent or superintendent for the rooming house

Who to contact

Business Licensing Centre – 613-580-2424 ext. 12735

Where to apply

Business application form

Salvage yard licence

A salvage yard licence is required for any establishment where salvaged articles are stored. This includes derelict, discarded, abandoned or inoperable motor vehicles and parts. It also includes: junk yards, scrap yards and automobile wrecking yards.

Approximate cost

  • $241 annually

This licence is non-transferable and expires annually on December 31.

Approximate timeline

  • 3 weeks

Timelines are approximate and may be longer due to unforeseen circumstances.

Permit requirements

  • Application form PDF opens in a new tab or window
  • The applicant is 18 years of age
  • The applicant is the owner of the business
  • The business opening date is within four to six weeks of application date
  • The property and any buildings comply with zoning, building code and property standards requirements
  • The applicant provides proof from the Fire Chief that the property is suitable for a salvage yard and complies with the fire code
  • The business has $1 million Commercial General Liability insurance. Review insurance checklist for CGL $1 million for required information.
  • Proof of ownership or lease
  • Articles of incorporation (if incorporated)
    • Name of company (number or name inc.)
    • Date of incorporation
    • Signature

Who to contact

Business Licensing Centre – 613-580-2424 ext. 12735

Where to apply

In person

Book a business licensing appointment

Online

Complete a business application form request

Second hand goods shop licence

A second hand goods shop licence is required for businesses offering used goods for sale.

Approximate cost

  • $241 annually

This licence is non-transferable and expires annually on March 31.

Approximate timeline

  • 3 weeks 

Timelines are approximate and may be longer due to unforeseen circumstances.

Permit requirements

  • Application form PDF opens in a new tab or window
  • The applicant is 18 years of age
  • The applicant is the owner of the business
  • Business opening date is within four to six weeks of application date
  • the premises comply with zoning, building code and property standards requirements
  • Proof of ownership or lease
  • Articles of incorporation (if incorporated)
    • Name of company (number or name inc.)
    • Date of incorporation
    • Signature

Who to contact

Please visit a Client Service Centre or call 613-580-2424 ext. 12735

Where to apply

Visit a Client Service Centre or complete a Business application form request.

Snow plow contractor and vehicle licences

A snow plow contractor licence is required for any business that plows or removes snow from a private property with a snow plow. 

Approximate cost

  • $363 annually
  • $38 per vehicle

These licences expire annually on October 31.

Approximate timeline

  • Usually issued on intake

Permit requirements

  • Application form opens in a new a tab or window
  • The applicant is 18 years of age
  • The applicant is the operator of business
  • The business has an address that is accessible for the general public to attend
  • The applicant has provided proof of good repair waiver form and full details of each snow plow to be used including:
    • Make
    • Model
    • Year
    • Motor Vehicle Plate Number (license plate)
    • For vehicles without plates the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
  • The applicant has filed proof of insurance for each snow plow to be used in the business of $1 million of Motor Vehicle Liability Insurance. Review the insurance checklist for snow plow vehicle for required information.

Who to contact

Business Licensing Centre – 613-580-2424 ext. 12735

Where to apply

In person

Book a business licensing appointment

Online

Complete a business application form request

Snow plow - List of licensed contractors

As of January 17,2024

  • 360 Landscaping (Ottawa) Inc
  • A. Quality Roofing
  • Advanced Landscaping Inc
  • AG Snow & Stump
  • Alan's Plowing
  • All Constructions Pro Inc.
  • All In One Landscaping
  • Allan McCoy Contracting Inc.
  • Al'Seasons
  • Amisco Maintenance
  • Andy's Snow Blowing and Lawn Care
  • Anchorage Snow Removal Ltd.
  • Ashford Farms
  • ASJ Landscaping & Snow Removal Inc.
  • Auer General Renovation and Landscaping
  • Augusta Lawn Care Services
  • AW Vaughn Maintenance
  • B. Coreas Landscaping
  • Barrhaven Landscaping & Snow Removal Inc
  • Bernwood Contractors & Consultants Inc.
  • Bettencourt Multi-Maintenance
  • Bilodeau Excavation
  • Blower Xpress Services
  • Blue Teal Construction Ltd
  • Bob Bisson
  • Boyd Property Maintenance
  • Brady's Quality Inc
  • Brenning Construction (1986) Ltd.
  • Capital S.L.C. Inc.
  • Capital Yardworks
  • Carlsbad Paving
  • Centennial Construction Rockland Ltee/Ltd
  • Central Snow
  • Centretown Road Service
  • Cityscape
  • Classic Interlock Inc
  • Cody Building Services
  • CSL Group Ltd.
  • Cultivate
  • Curtis Creek
  • Custom Property Solution
  • D&G Landscaping Inc
  • Daniel Marier
  • DGM Landscaping
  • Double C Farm
  • Douglas Dorion
  • D‑Squared Construction
  • E.C. Carruthers & Sons
  • Elie El-Salibi
  • Enterprise Nolet
  • Evo Snow and Lawn
  • Exact Interlock Ltd
  • Exact Post Ottawa Inc.
  • Exel Contracting Inc.
  • Exterior Solutions
  • Extreme Yard Solutions
  • F.A.S.R.S. Entretien J.G.P.
  • F.M. Interlock Inc.
  • Fence Repairs Ottawa
  • Flynn Landscaping LTD
  • Foster's Snow Clearing
  • Franick Road Service Inc
  • Fraser Wilson Incorporated
  • G. Robert Landscaping and Design Inc
  • Gemma Property Services Inc.
  • George W. Drummond Ltd
  • Gerard Meloche Forming Inc
  • Glen Wright Excavating 
  • Greely Sand & Gravel
  • Green Acres Landscape Maintenance Inc.
  • Green Slate Landscape
  • Green Works Contracting Inc.
  • Greenday Landscaping
  • Greenstar Landscaping Inc.
  • Grounds Work Property Services Ltd.
  • Guy Courchesne Excavation Ltd
  • H & B Contracting
  • Habitat Enviroscaping & P.M.
  • Hanna's Property Maintenance
  • Hansen Lawn & Gardens
  • HGL
  • Impressions Group
  • J. Wilson Paving
  • J. Philip Young Enterprises Ltd
  • J.D. Sparling cartage Ltd
  • J.R. Lawn Maintenance & Snow Removal Inc.
  • Jack Equipment Inc.
  • Jacques Bedard Excavation Limited
  • JC Levesque Trucking Ltd.
  • Jerome Landscaping
  • John Cundell
  • Kanata Stoneworks Ltd.
  • Kare-Mor Enterprises Co Ltd.
  • Kluke's Roofing
  • Kodiak Snow Blowing Inc
  • Kodiak Snow Removal
  • Landtech Inc
  • Lawn & Order
  • Lawnscape
  • Leeside Snowblowing
  • Lenco Renovations
  • Leo Landscaping
  • Les Entreprises Prebbel Inc.
  • Lindsay Landscape
  • Longo's Lawn and Snow Maintenance
  • Luciano's Excavation
  • Lusk Contracting
  • M. Davis Landscape & Design
  • Maurice Yelle Snow Removal Ltd.
  • Meagher Snowblowing
  • Michael Radbourne
  • Miller's
  • Millner & Sons Excavating
  • Moose & Sons Property Maintenance Limited
  • Mountainview Turf Farm Ltd
  • Mr. Snow Blower
  • Murphy's Snow Solutions
  • Natures Right Hand
  • Nicash Maintenance Services
  • Nick's Landscaping
  • Noel's Snow Plowing
  • Osgoode Sand & Gravel
  • Ottawa Building & Foundation Repair
  • Ottawa Grass & Snow Masters Ltd
  • Ottawa Interlock
  • Parkway Landscaping
  • Peloso Construction
  • Peloso Landscaping
  • Peter Smit & Sons Inc.
  • PFC Property Management Inc
  • Picture Perfect Landscaping
  • Postcard Perfect Turfgrass Specialists Ltd.
  • Premier Property Services Inc
  • Pride Landscaping & Maintenance
  • Primrose Cartage & Excavating Ltd.
  • Pro-X Excavation Inc.
  • Queen's Property Services
  • Raymond and Sam Snowplowing and Landscaping
  • Rene Dieudonne
  • River Valley Property Maintenance
  • Robert Alford
  • Robert Marion Cartage
  • Schell Snow Plowing
  • Sims Property Maintenance
  • Sky High Enterprises Ltd
  • Smilies Home Services
  • Snow N' Grow
  • Snow-Care Works
  • Soliclean Inc.
  • Southpaw Property Maintenance Ltd.
  • Stapledon Farms
  • Stinson Professional Landscaping
  • Stone Edge Snowblowing
  • Strada Construction Group Inc.
  • Strathmar Trenching Ltd.
  • Sunshine Snow Service Inc
  • Swaby Trucking
  • Take It Easy Snow Removal
  • Taylor Contracting
  • The Better Look Service
  • The Canadian Property Specialists
  • The Silverstone Group
  • The Squires Lawn and Garden
  • Thomas Cavanagh Construction
  • Thunderbolt Contracting Ltd
  • Totalscape Contracting
  • Trillium Snow Ltd
  • True Services inc.
  • UGC Services
  • Ultimate Site Services
  • Viflo
  • West Carleton Sand & Gravel
  • Westend Snoworks
  • Wild Ridge Landscapes
  • Worry Free Snow Blowing Inc
  • Yards Unlimited Landscaping Inc.
  • Your Home Investment
  • Your Way Snow and Lawn Inc.
  • Zagros Property Management

Taxi Licensing

Taxicab drivers, plates and brokers

A taxicab driver's licence and a taxi plate are required to operate a taxicab in the City of Ottawa.

A taxi plate is a numbered metal plate issued by the City and affixed to the taxicab.

Approximate cost

  • Standard taxicab driver: $158
  • Accessible taxicab driver:  $58
  • Taxi plate holder: $650
  • Taxicab broker - 1 to 24 taxicabs: $935
  • Taxicab broker - 25 - 99 taxicabs: $2,742
  • Taxicab broker - 100 and more taxicabs: $7,948
  • Standard or Accessible Taxicab Driver having no less than 10 years’ experience as a licensed taxicab driver in the City of Ottawa, whose licence has lapsed and who wishes to re-apply for a new licence (in addition to all other fees): $384

These licences expire annually on April 30.

Approximate timeline

  • Usually issued on intake*

*Stated timelines are approximate and may be longer due to unforeseen circumstances.

Permit requirements

  • Applicant must be over the age of 18
  • Application Form
  • A valid class "G" licence from the Province of Ontario or the equivalent license from the Province of Quebec
  • A statement of driving record (driver's abstract) no older than 30 days from the Province of Ontario
  • An original police records check for the vulnerable sector no older than 90 days for a new driver, six months for a renewing driver (only on applicable years)
  • A declaration signed by the applicant confirming he or she does not have any current outstanding criminal charges or warrants pending before any courts.
  • must have completed the accessible taxicab training program within two years before applying for the taxicab licence
  • satisfactory proof that the applicant does not have a driver's licence under suspension in any province or territory.

Please refer to Part II of the Vehicle For Hire By-law (No. 2016-272) in its entirety prior to applying to ensure you meet all requirements and conditions.

Applicants must bring all the original documentation detailed in the by-law, at the same time, to be processed. 

Failing to disclose charges, warrants and/or fines can result in criminal charges, fines and/or the suspension or termination of licenses.

Who to contact

Business Licensing Centre - 613-580-2424 ext. 44150

Where to apply

Business application form

Temporary sign lessor licence

A temporary sign lessor permit is required for any business leasing temporary signs.

Approximate cost

  • $493 annually

This licence expires annually on December 31.

Approximate timeline

  • Usually issued on intake

Permit requirements

  • Application form
  • The applicant is 18 years of age
  • The applicant is the operator of the business
  • The business has $1 million Commercial General Liability insurance. Review insurance checklist for CGL $1 million for required information.
    • Proof must be a valid certificate not a quotation, binder or renewal slip

Who to contact

Business Licensing Centre – 613-580-2424 ext. 12735

Where to apply

In person

Book a business licensing appointment

Online

Complete a business application form request

Tobacco vendor licence

A tobacco vendor licence is required for any business selling tobacco products.

Approximate cost

  • $988 annually

This licence expires annually on November 30.

Approximate timeline

  • Usually issued on intake

Permit requirements

  • Application form
  • The applicant is 18 years of age
  • The applicant is the operator of the business

Who to contact

Business Licensing Centre – 613-580-2424 ext. 12735

Where to apply

In person

Book a business licensing appointment

Online

Complete a business application form request

Vacant property and/or vacant land permit

A vacant property permit is required for vacant buildings or lands.

A vacant building is an entire building or principal dwelling unit of a semi-detached dwelling or a townhouse dwelling, where all of its lawful occupants have moved out or left and that is wholly unoccupied and that has not been used for a purpose consistent with the Zoning By-law for:

  • A period of 120 consecutive days
  • As a result of a catastrophic event

Vacant lands require a permit unless certain conditions have been met.

Approximate cost

  • $1,486 annually
  • $58 administration fee annually

The permit is valid for 365 days from the date of issuance.

Please note the fees are waived if certain conditions are met, including if the property is damaged as a result of a catastrophic event.  

Approximate timeline

  • 3 weeks*

*Timelines are approximate and may be longer due to unforeseen circumstances.

Permit requirements

  • Application form 
  • The applicant must be at least 18 years of age
  • Proof of ownership including:
    • The municipal address of the vacant building or vacant land
    • The address of a place in the Province of Ontario (not a P.O. Box) to which the Director of By-law and Regulatory Services may send during business hours any notice or documentation or communication that may be required under the Vacant Property By-law (2022-197) and at which the applicant or the applicant’s agency will accept receipt of such notice
  • Contact information including:
    • A telephone number
    • An email address, if available
    • Where applicable, contact information for the property manager
  • Proof of insurance including:
    • Coverage for the vacant building or vacant land subject to the permit
    • A limit of liability of not less than $2-million inclusive per occurrence for personal injury, bodily injury, death and damage to property including loss of use thereof
    • The policy must include a provision that the City will receive no less than 30 days written notice of any cancellation, where available
    • The policy shall name the City of Ottawa as additional insured, where available
    • A letter from the applicant’s insurance provider or broker indicating that the applicant has declared the building or land vacant
  • A declaration signed by the applicant confirming that he or she is aware of and will comply with the requirements of the By-law.

Who to contact

Contact vacantproperties-biensvacants@ottawa.ca.

Where to apply

Vacant property permit application form

Vehicle storage facility operator

A vehicle storage facility is a yard, lot, building, structure or facility, or a portion thereof, used for the temporary storage of motor vehicles towed from a collision scene or otherwise towed and awaiting repair or demolition or retrieval, and includes storage or impounding that is part of a towing service, but does not include accessory vehicle storage at a public garage.

A vehicle storage facility operator is an owner or operator of a vehicle storage facility.

Approximate Cost

  • $1,391

This licence is non-transferable and expires annually on January 31. A separate licence shall be obtained in respect of each vehicle storage facility.

Approximate timeline

  • 3 weeks*

*Timelines are approximate and may be longer due to unforeseen circumstances

Permit Requirements

  • Application Form
  • The applicant is 18 years of older
  • Applicant provides the physical business address which Is located in the province of Ontario, and not a PO Box.
  • The business has $2-million Commercial General Liability insurance. Review insurance checklist for CGL $2-million for required information.
  • The business has $2-million Automobile Liability insurance
  • The business has $100,000 All Perils insurance coverage
  • The business has $50,000 Cargo Liability insurance

Who to contact

Call the Business Licensing Centre at 613-580-2424 ext. 12735

Where to apply

Business application form

Vehicle storage facility - List of licensed operators

As of November 19, 2023

  • Alliance Collision Recovery & Towing Services
  • Amir Towing
  • ASAP Towing
  • Canadian Towing Services
  • Express Towing Service
  • Gervais Towing & Recovery
  • H & S Towing Inc 
  • IK Royal Automotive Inc
  • Mayday Towing
  • Metro Towing & Recovery Group
  • MK Towing 
  • North Valley Recovery and Roadside
  • On Star Towing
  • Ottawa Metro Towing and Recovery Inc
  • Ottawa Regional Towing
  • Randy's Towing & Storage
  • Response Towing
  • Saif Towing Inc 
  • Scrap My Car
  • Sharkey's Towing and Road Service
  • Southway Towing
  • Wazzi's Towing
  • 417 Towing ( PENDING)

Additional Business Licensing Fees

All Business Licences

Late fee $58

Ownership transfer fee $51

Location transfer fee $102

Duplicate licence fee $20