Business Licence By-law and Application Forms
Important information for businesses that are new, relocating or transferring ownership
Businesses selling products and services within Guelph may be required to purchase a Business Licence from the City of Guelph. The licenses are issued by the Licensing Division/Bylaw Compliance, Security and Licensing Department and are designed to protect the citizens of the community.
Applicants must ensure that Building, Fire and By-Law regulations are complied with. Other specialized businesses such as hair salons and aesthetician salons or businesses where food products are prepared and sold must also obtain approval from Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health.
Please allow four to six weeks for your Business Licence to be processed and issued. Once your Business Licence has been issued, your business may begin to operate. To book an appointment with the Licensing Coordinator to submit or discuss your application call 519-822-1260 extension 2551 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Business Licence By-law (2009) – 18855 (Consolidated)
Please note: The individual sections of the Business Licence By-law shown below have been prepared and consolidated for the purpose of convenience only and are not certified true copies. For accurate reference, consult copies of the official Business Licence By-law (2009)-18855 and related amendments in the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall.643 kBBusiness Licence By-law (August 2015) Business Licence By-law Schedule A – Directory of Schedules 19 kBBusiness Licence By-law Schedule B – Required Inspections 17 kBBusiness Licence By-law Schedule C – Fees
Step 1 – Application for Inspection155 kBAdult Entertainment Application for Inspection 127 kBAmusement Establishment Application for Inspection 127 kBBed and Breakfast Application for Inspection 128 kBCatering Company Application for Inspection 128 kBFood Premise Application for Inspection 161 kBFood Vehicle Business Application – Annual Licence 103 kBFood Vehicle Business Licence Application – Short-term Licence 154 kBHolistic Services Application for Inspections 127 kBHotel Application for Inspections 127 kBPawnbroker Application for Inspections 154 kBPersonal Service Establishment Application for Inspections
See Step 2128 kBPublic Assembly Hall Application for Inspections 128 kBStreet Vendor Application for Inspections Map of regulated streets
See Step 2131 kBDonation Bin Business Licence Application 126 kBPublication Dispensing Box Business Licence Application
Sample Floor PlanSample Floor Plan Business Licence Application 101 kBHolistic Services Operator/Practitioner Business Licence Application Private Parking Agent Business Licence Application Driving School Instructor Business Licence Application
The submission of a business licence application does not entitle the applicant to carry on business pursuant to the by-law. The applicant is only entitled to do so once a current and valid licence has been issued.
New Business Licence By-law Background
Proposed New Business Licence Update
October 2, 2009
Notice of New Business Licence By-law Passing in Guelph Tribune
September 28, 2009
New Business Licence approved by Council
July 13, 2009
Finance, Administration and Corporate Services Committee MeetingSpreadsheet of current and proposed fees with 20% cost recovery
June 9, 2009
Finance, Administration and Corporate Services Committee Meeting – The FACS Committee deferred the June 9 Report to the Finance, Administration and Corporate Services Committee meeting on July 13, requesting that City of Guelph staff report back with overhead recoveries information.
June 26, 2009 – Notice of Council’s intention to pass a new Business Licence By-law Advertisement in the Guelph TribuneProposed New Business Licence Bylaw Fees and Categories Finance, Administration and Corporate Services Committee Report – June 9, 2009
May 22, 2009 – Notice of Council’s intention to pass a new Business Licensing By-law advertisement in the Guelph Tribune.
The current City of Guelph Business Licence bylaw, passed in 2004, has undergone a review process. As a result, a number of proposed changes have been developed by City staff which may result in a new by-law.
The City of Guelph is now looking to interested stakeholders to provide comments and feedback on the proposed changes, presented at an open house on May 7. The proposed changes are outlined in the Open House Information Posters and Open House Presentation links available at the bottom of this page. If you would like to provide comments, please e-mail them by May 14 to either email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 7, 2009 – Open House
Business owners and interested stakeholders were invited to attend an open house on May 7, to learn about the proposed changes to the current Business Licence By-law and provide feedback.
At the open house, City staff discussed the following:
- Changing the number of business categories to be licensed in future
- Introducing new conditions and deleting some conditions for the proposed remaining categories
- Introducing a two-step application process
- Introducing a new fee structure and options for future fee schedule implementation
Recommendations for a new Business Licence By-law will be brought forward to the Finance Administration Community Services Committee on June 9 and is tentatively planned to go to Council on June 22 for approval. The new Business Licence By-law is proposed to be in effect September 2009.
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In 2004 Council passed the current business licensing bylaw (2004)-17551.
On January 1, 2007, Bill 130, the Municipal Statute Law Amendment Act, came into force and effect which gave more discretion regarding the provisions pertaining to business licensing.
The amended act gave municipalities broader licensing and enforcement powers. Specifically, municipalities were no longer limited regarding the reasons for licensing which were as follows:
- health & safety
- consumer protection
- nuisance control.
As a result, Council approved a recommendation On October 15, 2007 to reflect that the purpose for licensing businesses is primarily for the health, safety and well-being of the public, where there is a municipal interest that is not otherwise legislated. Examples of businesses meeting these purposes are establishments where food is prepared or sold, or where large assemblies are inherent in the business. These are cases where there is a greater interest in health, sanitation, and safety where a higher degree of inspections is warranted.
Staff initiated a review of the business license bylaw, accordingly, to conform to the new reasons for licensing. Concurrently, a service review was conducted which resulted in a consolidation of bylaw enforcement including the enforcement of the business licensing bylaw.
Supporting documentsBusiness Licence Bylaw (2004) – 17551 Finance, Administration and Corporate Services Committee Report Oct 3, 2007 – Bill 130 Amendments to Municipal Act affecting business licensing Finance, Administration and Corporate Services Committee Report April 14, 2009 – Business Licence By-law Review Process New Business Licensing By-law Open House Advertisement in Guelph Tribune April 27 and June 1, 2009 Letter to Business Licensees about Open House for new Business Licence By-law dated April 24, 2009 Business License By-law Open House Poster Business License By-law Open House Presentation Business License By-law Open House Comment Sheet Proposed New Business Licence Bylaw Fees and Categories Notice of Council intention to amend Business Licence By-law (2009) -18855
Other Government Agencies
Citizens wishing to operate establishments where alcoholic beverages are sold and/or consumed must contact the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario for approval.
Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario
20 Dundas Street West, Seventh Floor
Toronto, Ontario, M5G 2N6
416-326-8700 or toll free at 1-800-522-2876
For provincial requirements
1 Stone Rd. W., Guelph
Importing And Exporting
Information regarding importing and exporting products is available by contacting:
Canada Border Services Agency
Guelph-Wellington Business Enterprise Centre
For information regarding starting your own small business contact:
401-42 Wyndham Street North
Guelph, Ontario, N1H 4E6