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In person business licensing services

Business Licensing Centre

The Business Licensing Centre is open Monday - Friday from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm for the following in-person services:

  • Business licenses (all categories)
  • Pet registration

Walk-ins are accepted on a first come first serve basis between 8:30 am and 4 pm with priority given to individuals with appointments. Due to limited space, a maximum of four clients will be permitted inside the facility at once. As such, a line-up may be formed outside the building.

Please call 613-580-2424 ext. 12735 or email businesslicensing@ottawa.ca to book an appointment.

For clients calling and leaving a voicemail message: All messages are being recorded and will be followed-up, so it will be unnecessary to call more than once.

Thank you for your patience and assistance as we endeavour to serve our clients as quickly as possible.

Client Service Centres

In person

We strongly recommend you schedule an appointment with us but walk-ins will be accepted between 9am - 4pm.  Priority will be given to scheduled appointments.

Please select a location to book an appointment time:

Laurier Client Service Centre, 110 Laurier Avenue West

Nepean Client Service Centre, 101 Centrepointe Drive

Kanata Client Service Centre, 580 Terry Fox Drive (open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday)

Orleans Client Service Centre, 255 Centrum Boulevard (open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday)

Metcalfe Client Service Centre, 8243 Victoria Street (open Tuesday)

West Carleton Client Service Centre, 5670 Carp Road (open Wednesday)

North Gower Client Service Centre, 2155 Roger Stevens Drive (open Thursday)

Drop-boxes

You can pay in person by dropping off a cheque at one of the secure payment drop-boxes located outside the main entrances of the following locations:

  • Laurier Client Service Centre, 110 Laurier Avenue West
  • Nepean Client Service Centre, 101 Centrepointe Drive
  • Kanata Client Service Centre, 580 Terry Fox Drive
  • Orleans Client Service Centre, 255 Centrum Boulevard

Ensure that the amount on the cheque reflects the exact amount owing, and business license reference number. Note that payments are processed on business days only.

Agency letter of approval

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 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 license. Below is a list of businesses that are licensed by the City of Ottawa and the locations at which applications for such licenses 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 licenses 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
  • Payday Loan Establishment
  • Private Parking Enforcement Agency
  • Refreshment Cart and Vehicle
  • Rooming House
  • Taxi                                                                                                                                        

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:

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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.
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  • 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 license

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

Approximate cost

  • $760 if principal business
  • $125 if incidental to principal business

The license 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 license

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: $7,308 annually
  • Operator: $1,430 annually

The license 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 license

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

  • $375 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 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

Amusement place license

An amusement place license 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

  • $251 annually

This license 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

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.

Auctioneer license

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

Approximate cost

  • $217 daily
  • $531 annually*

*The license 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

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.

Body-rub parlour license

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

  • $1,428 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
  • 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 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

Driving school: operator, instructor and vehicle licenses

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: $522
  • Instructor: $225
  • Vehicle: $54 upon initial inspection 

The license 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 license

An exhibition license 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 License.

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

Approximate cost

  • $341 for the first day and $54 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

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.

Exotic animal entertainment event and exotic animal rescue establishment licenses

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: $341 per event
  • Exotic Animal Rescue Establishment Licence: $200 annual

The license 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 license

A flea market license 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 license 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

  • $341 daily
  • $2,141 Annually

These licenses 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

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.

Food premises license

A food premises license 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 license categories.

A food premises license 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

  • $269 annually

This license 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.

Visit a Client Service Centre 

Itinerant seller license

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

  • $232 to $585*      

*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 license: 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: $173
  • In-home and Recreational : $84 annually

The license 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 License is required for a business providing pre-arranged passenger ground transportation services utilizing limousines.

A new 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 $1,054. Operator licenses expire annually on August 31.
  • For each vehicle registered, the licensee must pay $633. 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 $116. The expiry date will be indicated on the certificate.
  • The fee to transfer a license 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 $104.00.
  • The fee to register a replacement vehicle is $55.00.

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 license

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: $252 to $647*
  • Vehicle: $252 to $3,423* Rural Vehicle $180 to $551*
  • Canteen: $252 to $783*
  • Stand: $232 to $846*

*Fees vary according to the type of license

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 license

A payday loan establishment license 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: $618 annually
  • Financial Information Poster each: $20

The license 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 license duly issued under the Payday Loans Act, 2008, including the applicable license number
  • The applicant provides the original documents, dated less than 60 days prior to the date of the application for a license, 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 license 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 license 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 license 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 licenses are non-transferable

Who to contact

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

Where to apply

Business application form

Pet shop license

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

Approximate cost

  • $176 annually

This license 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

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.

Private parking enforcement agency license

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

Approximate cost

  • $397.00

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

Public garage license

A public garage license 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

  • $269 annually

Active licenses 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

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.

Rickshaw owner and operator licenses

A rickshaw owner license 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: $99 annually
  • Operator: $52 annually*

*A rickshaw operator license 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

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.

Rooming house license

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

  • $257 to $625 annually*

*Fees vary based on the number of rooming units.

The license 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 license

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

  • $232 annually

This license 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

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.

Second hand goods shop license

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

Approximate cost

  • $232 annually

This license 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 licenses

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

Approximate cost

  • $349 annually
  • $36 per vehicle

These licenses 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

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 - List of licensed contractors

As of March 31, 2022

  • 360 Landscaping (Ottawa) Inc
  • 7905190 Canada Inc.
  • A. Brian's
  • A. Quality Roofing
  • A. Wintergreen Landscaping
  • Active Snow
  • Adam Kittle Enterprises Ltd.
  • Advanced Landscaping Inc
  • Alan's Plowing
  • All Constructions Pro Inc.
  • Al'Seasons
  • Always Growing Maintenance
  • Amalfi Stoneworks & Landscape Design Inc
  • Amisco Maintenance
  • Andre Taillefer Ltd
  • Andy's Snow Blowing and Lawn Care
  • Annand X Inc.
  • Artistic Landscape Designs Ltd
  • ASJ Landscaping & Snow Removal lnc.
  • Auer General Renovation and Landscaping
  • Augusta Lawn Care Services
  • AW Vaughn Maintenance
  • B C Landscaping
  • B.G. Gorham Construction Inc.
  • Barrhaven Landscaping & Snow Removal Inc
  • Bauer's Landscape & Garden Maintenance
  • Bergeron Construction 2010 Inc
  • Bernwood Contractors & Consultants Inc.
  • Bettencourt Multi-Maintenance
  • Bilodeau Excavation
  • Blanchard Landscaping and Design
  • Blue Teal Construction Ltd
  • Bluegrass Landscaping
  • Boyd Property Maintenance
  • Brad Quinn
  • Brady's Quality Inc
  • Brenning Construction (1986) Ltd.
  • Brite Nights Inc.
  • Bryan Lance Plowing
  • Burns Landscape Maintenance
  • Caltrio Company Ltd
  • Capital S.L.C. Inc
  • Care Free Property Maintenance
  • Carlsbad Paving
  • Centennial Construction Rockland Ltee/Ltd
  • Centretown Road Service Inc
  • Champagne Construction and Interlocking
  • Chris Smith Canada Court
  • Cityscape
  • Classic Interlock Inc
  • Claymark Corporation
  • Clean Cut Lawn & Lot Maintenance
  • Clintar Landscape Management
  • Cody Building Services
  • CRV
  • CSL Group Ltd.
  • Curtis Construction
  • Custom Property Solution
  • D&G Landscaping Inc
  • Daniel Marier
  • Daniels Landscaping
  • David Ananny
  • Denis Ladouceur Excavation Ltd
  • DGM Landscaping
  • Division Contracting
  • Double C Farm
  • Douglas Dorion
  • Driftwood Home Renovations
  • D‑Squared Construction
  • DTW Property Management
  • Dufresne Piling Co
  • Dunright
  • E.C. Carruthers & Sons Ltd
  • Elie El-Salibi
  • Enterprise Nolet
  • Evo Snow and Lawn
  • Exact Interlock Ltd
  • Exel Contracting
  • Exterior Solutions
  • Extreme Yard Solutions
  • F.A.S.R.S. Entretien J.G.P.
  • F.M. Interlock Inc.
  • Flynn Landscaping
  • Franick Road Service Inc
  • Frontier Petroleum Solutions Inc.
  • Gemma Property Services Inc.
  • George W. Drummond Ltd
  • Gerard Meloche Forming Inc
  • Gilles St-Pierre
  • Glenn Wright Excavating
  • Grassmasters
  • Greely Sand & Gravel
  • Green Acres Landscape Maintenance Inc.
  • Green Slate Landscape
  • Green Works Contracting Inc.
  • Greenstar Landscaping Inc.
  • Grounds Work Property Services Ltd.
  • Guy Courchesne Excavation Ltd
  • Guy Robert Landscaping Design
  • H & B Contracting
  • Habitat Enviroscaping & P.M.
  • Hanna's Property Maintenance
  • Hansen Lawn & Gardens
  • Henry Benoit Equipment Rentals
  • Hunt Club East Snow & Lawn
  • Impressions Group
  • J A T. Lawn Maint. & Snow Plowing Inc
  • J&S Landscaping
  • J. Philip Young Enterprises Ltd
  • J.D. Sparling Cartage Ltd
  • J.R. Lawn Maintenance & Snow Removal Inc.
  • Jack Equipment Inc
  • Jacques Bedard Excavation Limited
  • Jara Services
  • Jason Ierullo
  • JC Enterprises
  • Jean Marcel Filion & Son Inc.
  • Jean-Claude Levesque Cartage
  • Jerome Landscaping
  • John Cundell
  • K. Joly Contracting
  • Kanata Landscaping
  • Kare Mor Enterprises Co Ltd
  • Kerwin Property Maintenance Inc
  • Kluke's Roofing
  • Kodiak Snow Blowing Inc
  • Kodiak Snow Removal
  • Land'N Scape Inc.
  • Landtech Inc
  • Latcon (2009) Ltd.
  • Lawn & Order
  • Lawncare
  • Lawnscape
  • LB Cleaning
  • LDC Precision Concrete
  • Leeside Snowblowing
  • Legendary Landscaping
  • Lenco Renovations
  • Leo Landscaping
  • Les Entreprises Prebbel Inc
  • Lindsay Landscape Enterprises Inc
  • Local Boys Snow Blowing
  • Local Paving & Construction Inc.
  • Lusk Contracting
  • M & M Yard Services Ltd
  • M.A.G. Property Maintenance
  • Macplow
  • Mask Landscaping
  • Maurice Yelle Snow Removal Ltd.
  • Maxwell Inc
  • MCD Contracting Inc.
  • Meagher Snowblowing
  • Michael Radbourne
  • Miller's
  • Moose & Sons Property Maintenance Limited
  • Mountainview Turf Farm Ltd
  • Murphy's Snow Solutions
  • Natures Right Hand
  • Neighborsnow
  • Nicash Maintenance Services
  • No Limits Maintenance & Snowplowing
  • Noel's Snow Plowing
  • O/A MG Property Services
  • Osgoode Sand & Gravel
  • Ottawa Building & Foundation Repair Inc.
  • Ottawa Interlock
  • P. Munro Group Inc.
  • Parkway Landscaping
  • Peloso Construction
  • Peloso Landscaping
  • Peter Smit & Sons Inc.
  • PFC Property Management Inc
  • Picture Perfect Landscaping
  • Pierce Hill Farms
  • Premier Property Services Inc
  • Pride Landscaping & Maintenance
  • Primrose Cartage & Excavating Ltd.
  • Proulx Lawn & Shrub Care
  • Pro-X Excavation
  • Queen's Property Services
  • Rabb Construction Ltd
  • Ray St-Louis Inc
  • Raymond and Sam Snowplowing and Landscaping
  • Rego Salvage Inc
  • Rene Dieudonne
  • Robert Alford
  • Robert Bisson
  • Robert Marion Cartage
  • RT Property Maintenance
  • Sam Dagg
  • Schell Snow Plowing
  • Scottys Snow Clearing
  • Sigouin Roofing Enterprise
  • Sims Property Maintenance
  • Sky High Enterprises Ltd
  • Smilies Home Services
  • Snow N' Grow
  • Snow-Care Works
  • Speedy Snow Blowing Service
  • Stinson Professional Landscaping
  • Stone Edge Snowblowing
  • Strathmar Trenching Ltd
  • Sunshine Snow Service Inc
  • Swaby Trucking
  • T.Q. Landscapes Inc
  • Tazco Equipment Rentals Co Ltd
  • The Better Look Service
  • The Gardener
  • The Silverstone Group
  • The Squires Lawn and Garden
  • Thomas Cavanagh Construction
  • Thunderbolt Contracting Ltd
  • Timpson Paving & Concrete
  • Trillium Snow Ltd
  • Twinbros Co
  • UGC Services
  • Ultimate Site Services
  • Utopia Landscaping
  • Viflo
  • Vivid Contracting
  • Walter Cousins
  • West Carleton Sand & Gravel
  • Westend Snoworks
  • Wild Ridge Landscapes
  • Worry Free Snow Blowing Inc
  • Yanic Dufresne Excavation
  • Yards Unlimited Landscaping Inc.
  • Your Home Investment
  • Your Way Snow and Lawn Inc.
  • Zagros Property Management

Temporary sign lessor license

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

Approximate cost

  • $473 annually

This license 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

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.

Tobacco vendor license

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

Approximate cost

  • $946 annually

This license 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

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.

Tow service operators

"tow service operator" means the owner or operator of a business providing one or more towing services;

Approximate Cost

A tow service operator license is $1,300, plus an additional $550 for every tow truck in fleet. Both are renewed annually. A separate license shall be obtained in respect of each corporation or legal entity offering tow services.

How to apply

Permit Requirements

(a) Applicant fills in business license application

(b) Applicant provides confirmation that they are 18 years or older

(c) Applicant submits the following documents:

  1. List of business or trade names used in tow service accompanied with business address, email address and telephone number
  2. The municipal address, email address and contact information of the applicant’s main office and any other office used in connection with tow services
  3. Criminal Record and Judicial Matters checks (Level 2) dated less than sixty (60) days prior to the date of application
  4. Valid CVOR issued by the Ministry of Transportation within one (1) year prior to the date of application, or an equivalent vehicle operator registration issued by the Commision des Transports in the province of Quebec
  5. List of tow truck employees contracted by the applicant to provide tow services
  6. A schedule of all rates and fees to be charged by the applicant for the provisions of tow services
  7. A list of vehicle storage facility including name, business address, email address, telephone number and size of facility
  8. A signed declaration of any direct or indirect interest in a public garage or other type of premises used for the repair, storage or servicing of motor vehicles
  9. Proof of insurance in accordance with section 20
  10. A list of tow trucks to be used in the provision of tow service, including any leased vehicles and vehicles owned by contractors or other third parties and provide the following documentation relating to them:
    1. Proof of ownership including name and address of vehicle owner
    2. The make, model, year, vehicle identification number (VIN) and provincial license plate number
    3. Valid Ministry of Transportation motor vehicle permit or similar motor vehicle permit issued by by the Société de l’assurance automobile in the Province of Quebec
    4. Valid Ministry of Transportation Annual Inspection Certificate issued under the Highway Traffic Act for vehicles registered in excess of 4,500 kg or an equivalent valid inspection issued by the Société de l’assurance automobile in the Province of Quebec, within sixty (60) days prior to the date application or a valid Ministry of Transportation safety standards certificate issued under the Highway Traffic Act or an equivalent valid safety standards certificate issued by the Société de l’assurance automobile in the Province of Quebec, within sixty (60) days prior to the date application

(d) Applicant pays applicable fees

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Tow truck drivers

"tow truck driver" means an individual who drives a tow truck at any time when the tow truck is providing or available to provide a tow service, including a tow truck operator who drives a tow truck he or she owns;

Approximate Cost

The fee to register as a tow truck driver is $450 annually, which expires on January 31st. A separate license shall be obtained in respect of each tow truck driver.

How to apply

Permit Requirements

(a) Applicant fills in business license application

(b) Applicant provides confirmation that they are 18 years or older

(c) Applicant submits the following documents:

  1. Proof of a current valid motor vehicle driver's licence issued by the Province of Ontario under the Highway Traffic Act, of a class authorizing the applicant to drive a tow truck, with no driving restrictions, or a current valid motor vehicle driver's licence of the appropriate class with no driving restrictions issued by the Société de l’assurance automobile in the Province of Quebec
  2. A statement of driving record provided by the Ministry of Transportation for the last 3 years issued within thirty (30) days prior to the date application for license or for a renewal, or an equivalent statement of driving record issued by the Société de l’assurance automobile in the Province of Quebec
  3. Criminal Record and Judicial Matters checks (Level 2) dated less than sixty (60) days prior to the date of application
  4. The name, address, email address and telephone number of any tow service operator for which, or in connection with, the applicant is providing tow service

(d) Applicant pays applicable fee 

Towing service - List of licensed operators

As of August 15, 2022

  • Abrams Towing
  • Ack Wehbe Towing
  • Alberto Towing
  • All Star Towing
  • Alliance Recovery & Towing
  • Amir Towing
  • ASAP towing
  • Blue Line Towing
  • Bradley's Towing and Recovery
  • CAA North & East Ontario
  • Canada Freeway Towing
  • Canadian Towing Services
  • Car Star Towing
  • CJ Towing
  • Country Towin'
  • Express Towing Service
  • Flanagan Towing
  • Gervais Motors Limited
  • GWL Towing
  • Howard Wilson Motors Kemptville Towing
  • JMW Towing Services
  • Maple Towing Services
  • Mario's Roadside Service
  • Mayday Towing
  • Metro Towing & Recovery Group
  • Mike's Tow & Plus Inc
  • Most Valuable Towing
  • Orleans Towing
  • Ottawa Metro Towing & Recovery Inc
  • Ottawa Valley Towing
  • PML Contracting
  • Pro Solution Towing
  • Queensway Towing
  • Response Towing
  • Scrap My Car Inc
  • Sharkey's Towing and Road Service
  • Southway Towing
  • Strong Arm Recovery
  • Tow Kings
  • True Towing & Storage
  • Wazzi's Towing
  • We Be Towing & Recovery Inc
  • Your Choice Towing Ottawa
  • Ziad Wehbe Towing

Vehicle storage facility operator

vehicle storage facility” means 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;

vehicle storage facility operator” means an owner or operator of a vehicle storage facility;

 

Approximate Cost

The Vehicle Storage Facility Operator license is $1,300 annually, which expires on January 31st. A separate license shall be obtained in respect of each vehicle storage facility.

How to apply

Permit Requirements

(a) Applicant fills in business license application

(b) Applicant provides confirmation that they are 18 years or older

(c) Applicant provides the business address which Is located in the province of Ontario, and not a PO Box.

(d) Applicant provides proof of insurance that meets the requirements of section 20 

(e) Applicant pays applicable fee

Vehicle storage facility - List of licensed operators

As of August 15, 2022

  • Abrams Towing
  • Alliance Recovery & Towing
  • Express Towing Service
  • Gervais Motors Limited
  • Mayday Towing
  • Metro Towing & Recovery Group
  • Ottawa Metro Towing and Recovery Inc
  • Pro Solution Towing
  • Scrap My Car
  • Sharkey's Towing and Road Service
  • Southway Towing
  • True Towing & Storage
  • Wazzi's Towing

Additional Business Licensing Fees

All Business Licenses

Late fee $57

Ownership transfer fee $50

Location transfer fee $104

Partnership transfer fee $50

Duplicate license fee $20