Business licences

Business Licence Bylaw 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 Corporate and Community Safety Division and are designed to protect the citizens of the community.

Submit your completed application and all supporting documentation online to [email protected]. If you have questions or would like to discuss your application email [email protected] or call 519-822-1260 extension 2551 to speak with a Licensing representative.

Applicants must ensure that Building, Fire and Bylaw 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 after the submission of their application.

Please allow a minimum of four weeks for your Business Licence to be processed and issued. Once your Business Licence has been issued, your business may begin to operate.

Application forms

Business Licence Bylaw (2009) – 18855 (Consolidated)

Please note: The individual sections of the Business Licence Bylaw 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 Bylaw (2009)-18855 and related amendments in the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall.

Step 1 – Application for Inspection

Adult Entertainment Establishment

Amusement Establishment

Bed and Breakfast

Catering company

Food premise

Food vehicle

Holistic Services

Hotel establishments


Personal service establishment

Private Parking Agent

See Step 2

Public Assembly Hall

Driving Instructor

More information on the new Driving instructor category

See Step 2

Donation Bins and Publication Dispensing Boxes

Taxi Cab

Second-hand Good and Salvage Dealer

Sample floor plan

Step 2 – Business Licence Application

The submission of a business licence application does not entitle the applicant to carry on business pursuant to the bylaw. 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

For provincial requirements

1 Stone Road West, Guelph

Importing and exporting

Information regarding importing and exporting products is available by contacting:

Canada Border Services Agency

Business Centre Guelph Wellington

For information regarding starting your own small business contact:

8 Macdonell Street Unit 100
Guelph, Ontario, N1H 2Z3