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Business Licensing

Business licence applications may be obtained Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Municipalities regulate and/or licence many types of businesses which operate in their jurisdictions. The fees can vary from a few dollars to a thousand or more, but in most cases, the fees are nominal. Municipal licensing procedures differ from city to city, so it is important not to assume the same regulations apply everywhere.

Applicants should select their location before submitting a formal application. You may wish to consult with Municipal Licensing and Standards to ensure your proposed location is properly zoned by calling 905-436-3311.

A copy of your Business Name Registration is required with the application. See provincial regulations for more detailed information.

Certain business categories may require a detailed review or Council approval; therefore, applications should be submitted at least 30 days before you wish to open.

The following businesses require a licence in the City of Oshawa:

Category (Click links for related forms) Approvals
Required
Fee per year (unless indicated)

Note: fees do not include non-refundable $75 Business Licence Application Fee

Comments
Adult Entertainment Parlour 1,2,3,4 $ 3,000 Contact Licensing at 905-436-3311 for detailed information on obtaining your licence.
Auctioneer 2 $ 80  
Billiards 2,3,4 $ 150  
Body Rub Owner/Operator 1,2,3,4 $ 1,500 Contact Licensing at 905-436-3311 for detailed information on obtaining your licence.

Body Rub owner who does not operate

1,2,3,4 $ 1,400 Contact Licensing at 905-436-3311 for detailed information on obtaining your licence.
Body Rub attendant 1,2,3,4 $ 100 Contact Licensing at 905-436-3311 for detailed information on obtaining your licence.
Bowling Alley 3,4 $ 120  
Carnival 1,3,4 $ 120 per day  
Food Shop 1,3,4 $ 150
$ 30 per day*
*Short Term Food Shop Licence
Pawnbroker 2,3,4 $150  
Peddler 3

Class A - General Peddler (per location):

  • 1 to 2 days: $100
  • 3 to 5 days: $200
  • In excess of 5 days: $30 per day
  • Applications must be submitted at least thirty (30) days prior to the event.
  • Other requirements apply, contact Licensing at 905-436-3311 for detailed information on obtaining your licence.
3

Class B - Special Events, Trade Show, Craft Fair, Flea Market Organizer:

  • $400 per Special Event Organizer Licence
3

Class C - Seasonal Sales:

  • 1 to 3 months: $250
Place of Amusement 1,2,3,4 $ 175  
Public Garage 2,3,4,5,6* $ 160 * 6 required if selling vehicles
Public Hall 1,3,4 $ 200 Occupancy load 150 and over

Refreshment Vehicle

1,3,4

$200 - First vehicle (excluding ice cream bicycles)

$150 - Each additional vehicle (excluding ice cream bicycles)

$50 - Each additional location

$200 - Ice Cream Bicycles (covers all plates)

Salvage Shop 1,2,3,4 $ 500  
Second Hand Goods 1,2,3,4 $ 500  
Theatre 1,3,4 $ 120  

Agencies providing approval:

  1. Durham Regional Health Department
  2. Durham Regional Police Services
  3. Licensing & Standards (Zoning)
  4. Fire Services
  5. Building Services
  6. Planning Services
Contact
Location: Licensing Services
1st Floor, West Wing, City Hall
50 Centre Street South
Oshawa, Ontario L1H 3Z7
Phone: 905-436-3311
Toll Free: 1-800-667-4292
Fax: 905-436-5655
TTY: 905-436-5627
Email: service@oshawa.ca

Provincial Regulations

Business Name Registration

The Business Names Act requires registration of a business name, if the business is to operate under a name other than the owner's, with the Ministry of Government Services. Business name registration can be done online or in person at the ServiceOntario Centre.

For further information contact the ServiceOntario Contact Centre help line at 1-800-565-1921 toll free or 416-314-9151, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Articles of Incorporation

Forms for incorporation of a business may be purchased at many stationery stores. Articles must be accompanied by a NUANS name search report, a service provided by private companies which can be found in the yellow pages under "Searchers of Records".

Your business may be incorporated at:

ServiceOntario Centre
590 Rossland Road East
Whitby, Ontario, Canada
L1N 9G5
1-800-267-8097

There is a one time fee of $360 for incorporation.

For further information contact the ServiceOntario Contact Centre help line at 1-800-565-1921 toll free or 416-314-9151, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday.

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