Business licences

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
306 KBBusiness Licence Checklist

Application forms

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.

689 KBBusiness Licence By-Law Business Licence By-law Schedule A – Directory of Schedules 19 kBBusiness Licence By-law Schedule B – Required Inspections
18 KBBusiness Licence Bylaw Schedule C – Fees – Effective September 1, 2019

Step 1 – Application for Inspection

Adult Entertainment Establishment

68 KBSchedule 1: Adult Entertainment Establishment 469 KBAdult Entertainment Application for Inspection

Amusement Establishment

59 KBSchedule 2 – Amusement Establishment 164 KBAmusement Establishment Application for Inspection[

Bed and Breakfast

58 KBSchedule 3 – Bed and Breakfast 386 KBBed and Breakfast Application for Inspection

Catering company

57 KBSchedule 4 – Catering Company 160 KBCatering Company Application for Inspection

Food premise

60 KBSchedule 5 – Food Premises 387 KBFood Premise Application for Inspection


Food vehicle

423 kBSchedule 6: Food Vehicle 543 KBFood Vehicle Business Application – Annual Licence 305 KBFood Vehicle Business Licence Application – Short-term Licence

Holistic Services

115 kBSchedule 7: Holistic 535 KBHolistic Services Application for Inspections

Hotel establishments

56 KBSchedule 8 – Hotel Establishments 385 KBHotel Application for Inspections


60 KBSchedule 9 – Pawnbrokers 386 KBPawnbroker Application for Inspections

Personal Service Establishment

87 KBSchedule 10 – Personal Service Establishment 525 KBPersonal Service Establishment Application for Inspections 284 KBNotice of Personal Service Setting Operation

Private Parking Agent

70 kBSchedule 11: Private Parking Agent

See Step 2

Public Assembly Hall

65 KBSchedule 12: Public Assembly Hall 389 KBPublic Assembly Hall Application for Inspections

Driving Instructor

74 kBSchedule 14: Driving Instructor

More information on the new Driving instructor category

Map of regulated streets

See Step 2

Donation Bins and Publication Dispensing Boxes

79 kBSchedule 15 – Donation Bins and Public Dispensing Boxes 131 kBDonation Bin Business Licence Application 126 kBPublication Dispensing Box Business Licence Application

Taxi Cab

118 KBSchedule 16 – Taxi Cab 432 KBApplication for Taxi Business Licence

Second-hand Good and Salvage Dealer

123 KBSchedule 18: Second-Hand Goods Salvage Dealer 355 KBSecond-Hand Goods Salvage Dealer

Sample Floor Plan

Sample Floor Plan

Step 2 – Business Licence Application

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.

Guelph Fire Department – Business Licence Self-Inspection Checklist

Other Government Agencies

Liquor Licences

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[break]

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