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Business licensing

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 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 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 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
  • 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 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
  • 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 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
  • 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 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 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 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
  • 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 PDF opens in a new tab or window
  • 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 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
    • 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 PDF opens in a new tab or window
  • 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 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
    • 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 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
    • 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 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

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 PDF opens in a new tab or window
  • 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 PDF opens in a new tab or window
    • 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 Information Officer - 613-580-2745 or email bio1stop@ottawa.ca

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 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 
    • 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 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 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
  • Parking lots

Approximate cost

  • $255 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
    • 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 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 
      • 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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
  • 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 November 16, 2018

360 LANDSCAPING (OTTAWA) INC.

A & B PAVING

A. BRIAN'S

A. QUALITY ROOFING

A. WINTERGREEN LANDSCAPING

ACCENTED LANCESCAPING DESIGNS

ADAM KITTLE ENTERPRISES LTD

ADVANCED LANDSCAPING INC.

ALAN'S PLOWING

ALL CONSTRUCTIONS PRO INC.

ALLAN MCCOY CONTRACTING INC.

AL'SEASONS

ALWAYS GROWING INC.

AMISCO MAINTENANCE

ANDRE TAILLEFER LTD

ANDY'S HOME RENOVATIONS

AUER GENERAL RENOVATION & LANDSCAPING

AW VAUGHN MAINTENANCE

B & C LANDSCAPING LIMITED

B C LANDSCAPING

B.G. GORHAM CONSTRUCTION INC.

BARRHAVEN LANDSCAPING & SNOW REMOVAL INC

BAUER'S LANDSCAPE & GARDEN MAINTENANCE

BCC CORP

BEN'S SNOWBLOWING

BERGERON CONSTRUCTION 2010 INC

BERNWOOD CONTRACTORS & CONSULTANTS INC.

BETTENCOURT MULTI-MAINTENANCE

BILODEAU EXCAVATION

BLACKFOREST CONTRACTOR INC.

BLANCHARD LANDSCAPING AND DESIGN

BLOOMING GARDENS

BLUE TEAL CONSTRUCTION LTD

BLUEGRASS LANDSCAPING

BPM INC.

BRAD QUINN

BRADEN CONSTRUCTION

BRITE NIGHTS INC.

BROWN & ASSOCIATES LTD

BUDD GARDENS

BURNS LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE

CALTRIO COMPANY LTD

CAPITAL S.L.C. INC.

CARE FREE PROPERTY MAINTENANCE

CARLSBAD PAVING

CEDAR SPRINGS LANDSCAPE GROUP LTD

CENTENNIAL CONSTRUCTION ROCKLAND LTEE/LTD.

CENTRETOWN ROAD SERVICE

CHAMPAGNE CONSTRUCTION AND INTERLOCKING

CHRIS SMITH CANADA COURT

CITY SCAPE

CLASSIC INTERLOCK INC.

CLAYMARK CORPORATION

CN PLOWING

CORNERSTONE CANADA CONTRACTORS 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

DAVE PLOWING

DAVID ANANNY

DENALI LANDSCAPING AND SNOW REMOVAL

DENIS LADOUCEUR EXCAVATION LTD

DGC MAINTENANCE

DGM LANDSCAPING

DIAMOND EXCAVATING

DOUBLE C FARM

DOUGLAS DORION

DREAMSCAPE LANDSCAPING

DTW SNOW AND LAWN CARE

DUFRESNE PILING CO

DUNRIGHT

E.C. CARRUTHERS & SONS LTD

EXACT INTERLOCK LTD

EXEL CONTRACTING INC.

EXTERIOR SOLUTIONS

EXTREME YARD SOLUTIONS

F.A.S.R.S. ENTRETIEN J.G.P.

F.M. INTERLOCK INC.

FB CONSTRUCTION

FLYNN LANDSCAPING

FOUR SEASONS PROPERTY MAINTENANCE

FRANICK ROAD SERVICE INC.

FRASER WILSON INCORPORATED

G. DUPUIS PAVING AND INTERLOCK INC.

GEMMA PROPERTY SERVICES INC.

GEORGE W. DRUMMOND LTD

GILLES ST-PIERRE

GLACIER SNOW PLOWING INC

GMG GENERAL CONTRACTING

GRASSMASTERS

GREELY SAND & GRAVEL INC.

GREEN ACRES LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE INC.

GREENSTAR LANDSCAPING INC.

GRO, MO & SNO INC.

GROUND CONTROL

GROUNDS WORK PROPERTY SERVICES LTD.

GUY COURCHESNE EXCAVATION LTD

H & B CONTRACTING

H & E CONTRACTING

H. HARPER ENTERPRISES

HABITAT ENVIROSCAPING & P.M.

HANNA'S PROPERTY MAINTENANCE

HANSEN LAWN & GARDENS

HARMONY GARDENS LANDSCAPING

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.

JACQUES BEDARD EXCAVATION LIMITED

JASON IERULLO

JASON MACKENZIE GENERAL CONTRACTING

JC ENTERPRISES

JEAN MARCEL FILION & SON INC.

JEAN-CLAUDE LEVESQUE CARTAGE

JOEL'S LINE PAINTING INC

JOHN CUNDELL

JSF SNOW BLOWING

JUNKHAUL

K. JOLY CONTRACTING

K. LEDUC PROPERTY SERVICES

KANATA LANDSCAPING INC

KARSON KARTAGE & KONSTRUCTION

KERWIN PROPERTY MAINTENANCE INC.

KEVIN BROOKS LANDSCAPING SERVICES

KEVIN HANNA THE SNOW MAN

KING CONCRETE OTTAWA INC.

KLUKE'S ROOFING

KODIAK SNOW BLOWING INC

KODIAK SNOW REMOVAL

LANCOSA LANDSCAPING & SNOWPLOWING

LANDTECH INC.

LATCON (2009) LTD.

LAURENT LEBLANC LIMITED

LAWNCARE

LB CLEANING

LEESIDE SNOWBLOWING

LENCO SNOW PLOWING

LEO LANDSCAPING

LES ENTREPRISES PREBBEL INC.

LIMA CONSTRUCTION

LOCAL BOYS SNOW BLOWING

LOCAL PAVING & CONSTRUCTION INC.

M & M YARD SERVICES LTD.

M. BRAY CONSTRUCTION

M. DAVIS LANDSCAPE & DESIGN

M.A.G. PROPERTY MAINTENANCE

MACPLOW

MALLETTE LANDSCAPING INC.

MARSTEN EQUIPMENT RENTALS

MASK LANDSCAPING

MAURICE YELLE SNOW REMOVAL LTD.

MAX' S TREE SERVICES

MCCADDEN LANDSCAPING

MEAGHER SNOWBLOWING

METRO SNOW AND ICE MANAGEMENT

MILNER & SONS EXCAVATING

MOOSE & SONS PROPERTY MAINTENANCE LIMITED

MOOSE CONTRACTING

MOREWOOD SAND & GRAVEL

MOUNTAINVIEW TURF FARM LTD

N.S. RIVINGTON CARTAGE LTD

NEUWIRTH LANDSCAPING

NICASH MAINTENANCE

NO LIMITS MAINTENANCE & SNOWPLOWING

NOEL'S SNOW PLOWING

ODIE'S LANDSCAPE & SNOW REMOVAL

OSGOODE SAND & GRAVEL LTD

OTTAWA D-SQUARED CONSTRUCTION

OTTAWA INTERLOCK

OTTAWA PAVEMASTER

OTTAWA RESIDENTIAL CONSULTANTS

PAQUETTE EXCAVATION & RENOVATION INC.

PARKWAY LANDSCAPING

PEARTREE PROPERTY SERVICES INC

PELOSO CONSTRUCTION

PETER SMIT & SONS INC.

PGR EQUIPMENT REPAIRS

PICTURE PERFECT LANDSCAPING

PRIDE LANDSCAPING & MAINTENANCE

PRO PAVINGSTONE INC

PRO-TEK

PROULX LAWN & SHRUB CARE

PRO-X EXCAVATION INC.

QUEEN'S PROPERTY SERVICES

R. POMERLEAU LTD.

R.S. PROPERTY MANAGEMENT

RABB CONSTRUCTION

RAY ST-LOUIS INC.

RENE DIEUDONNE

ROBERT ALFORD

ROBERT BISSON

ROBERT D. MUNRO

ROBERT MITCHELL

RTREMBLAY CONTRACTING

RUPPERT SNOW ADVENTURES INC.

RYAN KELLY

RYSTENBIL CUSTOM SERVICES

S & M CONTRACTORS

SAM DAGG

SAMARN SON

SAUVE CARPENTRY

SCHELL SNOW PLOWING

SHARPWORK'S LANDSCAPING INC.

SKY HIGH ENTERPRISES LTD

SMILIES HOME SERVICES

SNOW FORCE PLOWING

SNOW N' GROW

SNOW-CARE WORKS

SPEEDY SNOW BLOWING SERVICE

STEVE BARRIE EQUIPMENT

STONE EDGE SNOWBLOWING

STONEHURST ASSOCIATES LTD.

STORM CHASER

STRATHMAR TRENCHING LTD.

SUNSHINE SNOW SERVICE INC.

TARSTONE CANADA LTD.

TAYLOR CONTRACTING

THE BETTER LOOK SERVICE

THE GARDENER

THE LABRASH GROUP INC

THE SILVERSTONE GROUP

THE SQUIRES LAWN AND GARDEN

THOMAS CAVANAGH CONSTRUCTION

THOMAS SNOW BLOWING

THUNDERBOLT CONTRACTING LTD.

TLC MAINTENANCE

TRILLIUM LAWN & SNOW

TWINBROS CO

UGC SERVICES

UTOPIA LANDSCAPING

VIRTUCAR

VIVID CONTRACTING

WESTEND SNOWORKS

WILD RIDGE LANDSCAPES INC.

WORRY FREE SNOWBLOWING INC.

YARDS UNLIMITED LANDSCAPING INC.

YATES EXTERIOR SERVICES INC.

YOUR HOME INVESTMENT

ZAGROS PROPERTY MANAGEMENT

 

 

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 transfer fee $100

Partnership transfer fee $50

Duplicate license fee $20

Street Food Vending Program

The City is calling for proposals to occupy 22 available on-street food spaces in 2019. 

There are 10 cart spaces and 12 truck spaces available across the City.

A volunteer street food Panel made up of representatives from the food and hospitality industry and from Ottawa Public Health, will evaluate proposals. Applicants are encouraged to incorporate innovation and diversity in their menu offerings.  Successful applicants will be chosen on the basis of the criteria:

  • proposed menu
  • business plan
  • level of vendor experience

The deadline to apply for a space is Friday, January 4, 2019, 4:30 p.m.  Successful applicants will be offered spaces in early 2019, with their operations expected to roll out in May 2019.

The City will hold an information session for prospective applicants on Monday December 10, 2018, at Ben Franklin Place 101 Centrepointe Drive.  To receive an information package and to reserve your space at the information session, please call 3-1-1 or email bio1stop@ottawa.ca.