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Vending on Canada Day in City of Ottawa

Selling in the downtown core

The lottery for spaces will be held on Tuesday June 12, 2018 at 5 p.m., 101 Centrepointe Drive, Council Chambers.

We will be sending an information package to individuals interested in participating in the Canada Day lottery for vending spaces.  If you are interested, and have not yet contacted our office, please email bio1stop@ottawa.ca with your name and any questions.  The information package will be sent to you prior to the lottery.

Note: The Licensing office is currently working on finalizing a map showing the available spaces; please visit this page on a regular basis for updates.

Important

Due to changes with the designated spaces, we are no longer able to issue permits on Canada Day at the temporary office. 

The organizing committee is currently determining if Itinerant Sellers will be able to sell on their person downtown.  Please visit this page regularly for updates.

NOTE:  There will be no spaces available for non-profit organizations.

Selling outside of the downtown core

Please review the information on the webpage for  Itinerant Seller and Mobile refreshment cart, mobile refreshment vehicle, mobile canteen & refreshment stand licence for requirements

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

  • $716 if principal business
  • $120 if incidental to principal business

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 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 Licensing Centre, 735 Industrial Ave.

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: $6,890 annually
  • Operator: $1,351 annually

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 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
  • 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 Licensing Centre - 735 Industrial Avenue, 2nd floor

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

  • $355 per event

Approximate timeline

  • 4 weeks*

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

Permit requirements

  • Application form
  • 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
  • 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 Licensing Centre, 735 Industrial Ave.

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

  • $238 annually

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

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 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
  • Proof the business has $2 million Commercial General Liability insurance
    • 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 3-1-1.

Where to apply

Visit a Client Service Centre

Auctioneer license

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

Approximate cost

  • $206 daily
  • $502 annually*

*The license expires annually on April 30th

Approximate timeline

  • Usually issued on intake

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

Permit requirements

  • Application form
  • 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 3-1-1.

Where to apply

Visit a Client Service Centre

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

  • $1,351 annually

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 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
  • 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 Licensing Centre, 735 Industrial Ave.

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: $494
  • Instructor: $214
  • Vehicle: $51 upon initial inspection 

Approximate timeline

  • Usually issued on intake*

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

Permit requirements

  • Application form
  • 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 Licensing Centre, 735 Industrial Ave.

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

  • $324 for the first day and $51 for every additional day

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 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
    • 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 3-1-1.

Where to apply

Visit a Client Service Centre

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: $324 per event
  • Exotic Animal Rescue Establishment Licence: $190 annual

Approximate timeline

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

Permit requirements

  • Application form
  • 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 Licensing Centre, 735 Industrial Ave.

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

  • $324 daily
  • $2,022 Annually

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

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 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
    • 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 3-1-1.

Where to apply

Visit a Client Service Centre.

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

  • $255 annually

This license is transferrable and expire annually on March 31st.

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 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
    • 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 visit a Client Service Centre or call 3-1-1.

Where to apply

Visit a Client Service Centre

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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

  • $220 to $563*      

*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 Business Licensing By-law for the legal requirements.

  • Application form
  • 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

Who to contact

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

Where to apply

Business Licensing Centre, 735 Industrial Ave.

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: $165
  • In-home and Recreational : $79 annually

Approximate timeline

  • 3 weeks*

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

Permit requirements

  • Application form
  • Vary by category – please refer to Business Licensing By-law for details

Who to contact

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

Where to apply

Business Licensing Centre, 735 Industrial Ave.

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 $941.00. Operator licenses expire annually on August 31.
  • For each vehicle registered, the licensee must pay $545.00. 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 $58.00. The expiry date will be indicated on the certificate.
  • The fee to transfer a license is $50.00.
  • The fee to change the name of the licensee is $50.00.
  • The fee to change the location of the licensee is $100.00.
  • The fee to register a replacement vehicle is $50.00.

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 Licensing Centre, 735 Industrial Ave.

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: $244 to $622*
  • Vehicle: $246 to $3,291* Rural Vehicle $174 to $530*
  • Canteen: $244 to $753*
  • Stand: $220 to $814*

*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 Business 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)
  • 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 $1 - $2 million Commercial General Liability insurance depending on category of license.

Who to contact

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

Where to apply

Business Licensing Centre, 735 Industrial Ave.

Pet shop license

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

Approximate cost

  • $168 annually

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

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 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 
    • 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 3-1-1.

Where to apply

Visit a Client Service Centre

Private parking enforcement agency license

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

Approximate cost

  • $355.00

Approximate timeline

  • Varies based on criteria

Permit requirements

  • Application form
  • 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 Licensing Centre, 735 Industrial Ave.

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

Approximate cost

  • $255 annually

Active licenses may be transferred and expire annually on April 30th.

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 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
    • 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 3-1-1.

Where to apply

Visit a Client Service Centre

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: $93 annually
  • Operator: $49 annually*

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

Approximate timeline

  • 3 weeks

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

Permit requirements

  • Owner
    • Application form
    • 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 
      • 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
    • 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 3-1-1.

Where to apply

Visit a Client Service Centre

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

  • $244 to $591 annually*

*Fees vary based on the number of rooming units.

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 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 applicant provides proof of  $2 million Commercial General Liability insurance
  • 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 Licensing Centre, 735 Industrial Ave.

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

  • $221 annually

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

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 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 applicant provides proof of  $1 million Commercial General Liability insurance 
    • 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 3-1-1

Where to apply

Visit a Client Service Centre

Second hand goods shop license

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

Approximate cost

  • $221 annually

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

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 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 3-1-1.

Where to apply

Visit a Client Service Centre

Snow plow contractor license

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

  • $330 annually
  • $30 per vehicle

These licenses expire annually on October 31st.

Approximate timeline

  • Usually issued on intake

Permit requirements

  • Application form
  • 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 (including proof of a vehicle safety check conducted within the past 30 days) 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
  • The applicant has filed proof the business has $1 million Commercial General Liability insurance 
    • Proof must be a valid certificate not a quotation, binder or renewal slip.

Who to contact

Please visit a Client Service Centre or call 3-1-1.

Where to apply

Visit a Client Service Centre 

Snow plow - List of licensed contractors

Updated as of January 15, 2018 

  • 1838663 ONTARIO INC.
  • 360 LANDSCAPING (OTTAWA) INC.
  • 7905190 CANADA INC.
  • 8891788 CANADA INC
  • 9843809 CANADA INC.
  • A. BRIAN'S
  • A. QUALITY ROOFING
  • A. WINTERGREEN LANDSCAPING
  • A.C.J. CONTRACTING
  • ABOVE AND BEYOND POOLS AND SPAS
  • ADAM KITTLE ENTERPRISES LTD
  • ADVANCED LANDSCAPING INC.
  • ALAN'S PLOWING
  • ALL CONSTRUCTIONS PRO INC.
  • ALL SEASONS PROPERTY MAINTENANCE
  • ALLAN MCCOY CONTRACTING INC.
  • AL'SEASONS
  • ALWAYS GROWING INC.
  • AMISCO MAINTENANCE
  • ANDRE TAILLEFER LTD
  • ANDY'S HOME RENOVATIONS
  • APPLESEED NEPEAN NORTH
  • APPLESEED SNOWBLOWING SERVICE
  • AUER GENERAL RENOVATION & LANDSCAPING
  • AW VAUGHN MAINTENANCE
  • B & C LANDSCAPING LIMITED
  • B C LANDSCAPING
  • BAUER'S LANDSCAPE & GARDEN MAINTENANCE
  • BELLISSIMO DREAMWORKS INC.
  • BEN'S SNOWBLOWING
  • BERGERON CONSTRUCTION 2010 INC
  • BERNWOOD CONTRACTORS & CONSULTANTS INC.
  • BETTENCOURT MULTI-MAINTENANCE
  • BILODEAU EXCAVATION
  • BKO
  • BLACKFOREST CONTRACTOR INC.
  • BLOOMING GARDENS
  • BLUE TEAL CONSTRUCTION LTD
  • BLUEGRASS LANDSCAPING
  • BPM INC.
  • BRAD QUINN
  • BRADEN CONSTRUCTION
  • BRENNING CONSTRUCTION (1986) LTD.
  • BRITE NIGHTS INC.
  • BROWN & ASSOCIATES LTD
  • BRYAN LANCE
  • BUDD GARDENS
  • BURNS LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE
  • C.M. & COMPANY INC.
  • CALTRIO COMPANY LTD
  • CAPITAL PROPERTIES LANDSCAPING INC.
  • CAPITAL S.L.C. INC.
  • CARE FREE PROPERTY MAINTENANCE
  • CARILLION
  • CARLSBAD PAVING
  • CECIL BUTLER FARMS LTD
  • CENTENNIAL CONSTRUCTION ROCKLAND LTEE/LTD.
  • CENTRAL SNOW
  • CENTRETOWN ROAD SERVICE
  • CHAMPAGNE CONSTRUCTION AND INTERLOCKING
  • CHARLES LAVOIE
  • CHRIS SMITH CANADA COURT
  • CITY PAVING AND INTERLOCK
  • CITY SCAPE
  • CLASSIC INTERLOCK INC.
  • CLAYMARK CORPORATION
  • CLEAN CUT LAWN & LOT MAINTENANCE
  • COSS CONSTRUCTION AND SNOW REMOVAL
  • CREEKSIDE
  • CRICKET CARTAGE & CONSTRUCTION INC.
  • CTM SWEEPING & SNOW REMOVAL
  • CUMBERLAND KANATA LANDSCAPING
  • D & R MAINTENANCE SOLUTIONS
  • D&G LANDSCAPING INC
  • DALE ARGUE EQUIPMENT
  • DALE&CO SNOWBLOWING SERVICES
  • DANIEL MARIER
  • DANIELS LANDSCAPING
  • DARCY GAUDREAU
  • DAVID ANANNY
  • DEI GLORIAM PROPERTY MAINTENANCE
  • DENALI LANDSCAPING AND SNOW REMOVAL
  • DENIS LADOUCEUR EXCAVATION LTD
  • DENIS LEMIEUX
  • DG FIREWOOD INC.
  • DGC MAINTENANCE
  • DGM LANDSCAPING
  • DIAMOND EXCAVATING
  • DIG WE DO LTD
  • DOUBLE C FARM
  • DOUGLAS DORION
  • DP SOLUTION
  • DREAMSCAPE LANDSCAPING
  • DTW SNOW AND LAWN CARE
  • DUFRESNE PILING CO
  • DUNRIGHT
  • DURA-PAVE SNOW ONE
  • E.C. CARRUTHERS & SONS LTD
  • ENTRETIEN DE PELOUSE LAFONTAINE
  • EXACT INTERLOCK LTD
  • EXACT POST OTTAWA INC.
  • EXCALIBUR BACKHOE RENTAL
  • EXEL CONTRACTING INC.
  • EXTERIOR SOLUTIONS
  • EXTREME YARD SOLUTIONS
  • EXTREME YARD SOLUTIONS
  • F.M. INTERLOCK INC.
  • FLYNN LANDSCAPING
  • FORTIN LANDSCAPING INC.
  • FOUR SEASONS PROPERTY MAINTENANCE
  • FRANICK ROAD SERVICE INC.
  • FRASER WILSON INCORPORATED
  • G. DUPUIS PAVING AND INTERLOCK INC.
  • G. SAUMUR MAINTENANCE INC.
  • GEMMA PROPERTY SERVICES INC.
  • GEORGE W. DRUMMOND LTD
  • GERARD MELOCHE FORMING INC.
  • GILLES ST-PIERRE
  • GLACIER SNOW PLOWING INC
  • GMG GENERAL CONTRACTING
  • GRAND VIEW
  • GRASSMASTERS
  • GREELY SAND & GRAVEL INC.
  • GREEN ACRES LANDSCAPE  MAINTENANCE INC.
  • GREEN WORKS CONTRACTING INC.
  • GREENSTAR LANDSCAPING INC.
  • GRG MAINTENANCE
  • GRO, MO & SNO INC.
  • GROUND CONTROL
  • GROUNDS WORK PROPERTY SERVICES LTD.
  • GUY COURCHESNE EXCAVATION LTD.
  • GUY ROBERT LANDSCAPING DESIGN
  • H & B CONTRACTING
  • H&E CONTRACTING
  • H. HARPER ENTERPRISES
  • HABITAT ENVIROSCAPING & P.M.
  • HANNA'S PROPERTY MAINTENANCE
  • HANSEN LAWN & GARDENS
  • HARMONY GARDENS LANDSCAPING
  • HENRI JUNEAU EXCAVATING LTD
  • HENRY BENOIT EQUIPMENT RENTALS
  • HICKORY DICKORY DECKS
  • HOME N' PLUS CONTRACTING INC
  • IMPRESSIONS GROUP
  • J&S SNOWPLOWING
  • J. PHILIP YOUNG ENTERPRISES LTD
  • J.A.T. LAWN MAINT. & SNOW PLOWING INC.
  • J.R. LAWN MAINTENANCE & SNOW REMOVAL INC.
  • JACQUES BEDARD EXCAVATION LIMITED
  • JAN'S LAWN CARE & SNOW REMOVAL
  • JARA SERVICES
  • JASON IERULLO
  • JC ENTERPRISES
  • JEAN MARCEL FILION & SON INC.
  • JEAN-CLAUDE LEVESQUE CARTAGE
  • JEROME LANDSCAPING
  • JOEL'S LINE PAINTING INC
  • JOHN CUNDELL
  • JOHN DIMUZIO
  • JSF SNOW BLOWING
  • JUNKHAUL
  • K. JOLY CONTRACTING
  • K. LEDUC PROPERTY SERVICES
  • KANATA LANDSCAPING INC
  • KANATA STONEWORKS LTD
  • KARSON KARTAGE & KONSTRUCTION
  • KELLY'S LAWN MAINTENANCE
  • KERWIN PROPERTY MAINTENANCE INC.
  • KEVIN BROOKS LANDSCAPING SERVICES
  • KEVIN HANNA THE SNOW MAN
  • KEVIN LYONS
  • KING CONCRETE OTTAWA INC.
  • KLUKE'S ROOFING
  • KODIAK SNOW BLOWING INC
  • KYOZ SNOW PLOWING & SERVICES
  • LANCOSA LANDSCAPING & SNOWPLOWING
  • LAND'N SCAPE INC.
  • LANDSCAPE CONCEPTS
  • LANDTECH INC.
  • LAURENT LEBLANC LIMITED
  • LAWNCARE
  • LAWNSCAPE
  • LB CLEANING
  • LEESIDE SNOWBLOWING
  • LENCO SNOW PLOWING
  • LEO LANDSCAPING
  • LES ENTREPRISES MARC DUBE INC.
  • LES ENTREPRISES PREBBEL INC.
  • LIFE LONG LANDSCAPING
  • LIMA CONSTRUCTION
  • LINDSAY LANDSCAPE ENTERPRISES INC.
  • LOCAL BOYS SNOW BLOWING
  • LOCAL PAVING & CONSTRUCTION INC.
  • M & M YARD SERVICES LTD.
  • M. DAVIS LANDSCAPE & DESIGN
  • M.A.G. PROPERTY MAINTENANCE
  • MACPLOW
  • MALLETTE LANDSCAPING INC.
  • MARIO OUELLETTE
  • MARSTEN EQUIPMENT RENTALS
  • MASK LANDSCAPING
  • MAURICE YELLE SNOW REMOVAL LTD.
  • MAX'S TREE SERVICES
  • MCCADDEN LANDSCAPING
  • MCD CONTRACTING INC.
  • MEAGHER SNOWBLOWING
  • METRO SNOW AND ICE MANAGEMENT
  • METRO WELLINGTON
  • MILLENIUM ROOFING INC.
  • MOOSE & SONS PROPERTY MAINTENANCE LIMITED
  • MOOSE CONTRACTING
  • MOREWOOD SAND & GRAVEL
  • MOUNTAINVIEW TURF FARM LTD.
  • MUNRO & SCULLION CONTRACTING INC.
  • MURRAY'S PROPERTY MAINTENANCE
  • N.S. RIVINGTON CARTAGE LTD
  • NEUWIRTH LANDSCAPING
  • NEVEREST
  • NGC
  • NICASH MAINTENANCE
  • NO LIMITS MAINTENANCE & SNOWPLOWING
  • NOEL'S SNOW PLOWING
  • ODIE'S LANDSCAPE & SNOW REMOVAL
  • OSGOODE SAND & GRAVEL LTD
  • OTTAWA D-SQUARED CONSTRUCTION
  • OTTAWA PAVEMASTER
  • OTTAWA RESIDENTIAL CONSULTANTS
  • PAQUETTE EXCAVATION & RENOVATION INC.
  • PARKWAY LANDSCAPING
  • PAT'S PLOWING / PS CONTRACTING
  • PEARTREE PROPERTY SERVICES INC
  • PELOSO CONSTRUCTION
  • PELOSO LANDSCAPING
  • PETER SMIT & SONS INC.
  • PGR EQUIPMENT REPAIRS
  • PICTURE PERFECT LANDSCAPING
  • PIERCE HILL FARMS
  • PRECISION SNOW REMOVAL
  • PREMIER PROPERTY SERVICES INC.
  • PRIDE LANDSCAPING & MAINTENANCE
  • PRIMROSE CARTAGE & EXCAVATING LTD.
  • PRO PAVINGSTONE INC
  • PRODIGY PROPERTY MAINTENANCE
  • PRO-TEK
  • PROULX LAWN & SHRUB CARE
  • PUSH TO SHOVE INC.
  • QUEEN'S PROPERTY SERVICES
  • R. POMERLEAU LTD.
  • R.S. PROPERTY MANAGEMENT
  • R.W. FOSTER
  • RABB CONSTRUCTION
  • RAINBOW ASSOCIATES
  • RAY ST-LOUIS INC.
  • RAYMOND AND SAM SNOWPLOWING AND LANDSCAPING
  • RED'S PROPERTY MAINTENANCE
  • ROBERT ALFORD
  • ROBERT BISSON
  • ROBERT D. MUNRO
  • ROBERT MITCHELL
  • RON DEAVY CONSTRUCTION LTD.
  • RON MILLER
  • RTREMBLAY CONTRACTING
  • RUPPERT SNOW ADVENTURES INC.
  • RYSTENBIL CUSTOM SERVICES
  • S & M CONTRACTORS
  • S&A GENERAL CONTRACTING
  • SAM DAGG
  • SAMARN SON
  • SAUVE CARPENTRY
  • SCHELL SNOWPLOWING
  • SCOTTYS SNOW CLEARING
  • SHARPWORK'S LANDSCAPING INC.
  • SKYHIGH ROOFING & SIDING
  • SMILIES HOME SERVICES
  • SNOW FORCE PLOWING
  • SNOW N' GROW
  • SNOW-CARE WORKS
  • SOUTHPAW PROPERTY MAINTENANCE LTD.
  • SPEEDY SNOW BLOWING SERVICE
  • STEVE BARRIE EQUIPMENT
  • STONE EDGE SNOWBLOWING
  • STONEHURST ASSOCIATES LTD.
  • STORM CHASER
  • STRATHMAR TRENCHING LTD.
  • SUMMIT PLOWING INC.
  • SUNSHINE SNOW SERVICE
  • TALL ORDER LAWN & SNOW
  • TAZCO EQUIPMENT RENTALS CO LTD.
  • THE BETTER LOOK SERVICE
  • THE GARDENER
  • THE LABRASH GROUP INC
  • THE PATCH AND SEAL TEAM
  • THE SILVERSTONE GROUP
  • THE SQUIRES LAWN AND GARDEN
  • THOMAS CAVANAGH CONSTRUCTION
  • THOMAS SNOW BLOWING
  • THUNDERBOLT CONTRACTING LTD.
  • TLC MAINTENANCE
  • TRILLIUM LAWN & SNOW
  • TRUELOCK INTERLOCK INC.
  • TWINBROS CO
  • UGC SERVICES
  • ULTIMATE SITE SERVICES
  • UTOPIA LANDSCAPING
  • VRTUCAR
  • WESTEND SNOWORKS
  • WILD RIDGE LANDSCAPES INC.
  • WOODLAWN CONTRACTING INC.
  • WORRY FREE SNOW BLOWING INC
  • YANIC DUFRESNE EXCAVATION
  • YARDS UNLIMITED LANDSCAPING INC.
  • YATES EXTERIOR SERVICES INC.
  • YOUR HOME INVESTMENT
  • YOUR WAY SNOW AND LAWN INC
  • ZAGROS PROPERTY MANAGEMENT
  • ZERO TOLERANCE CONSTRUCTION
  • ZORYK'S PROPERTY MAINTENANCE

 

Temporary sign lessor license

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

Approximate cost

  • $447 annually

This license expires annually on December 31st.

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
    • Proof must be a valid certificate not a quotation, binder or renewal slip

Who to contact

Please visit a Client Service Centre or call 3-1-1.

Where to apply

Visit a Client Service Centre

Tobacco vendor license

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

Approximate cost

  • $893 annually

This license expires annually on December 31st

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
    • Proof must be a valid certificate not a quotation, binder or renewal slip

Who to contact

Please visit a Client Service Centre or call 3-1-1.

Where to apply

Visit a Client Service Centre

Additional Business Licensing Fees

All Business Licenses

Late fee $55

Ownership transfer fee $50

Location transfee fee $100

Partnership transfer fee $50

Duplicate license fee $20