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.
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
Bed and Breakfast
Personal service establishment
Private Parking Agent
See Step 2
Public Assembly Hall
See Step 2
Donation Bins and Publication Dispensing Boxes
Second-hand Good and Salvage Dealer
Sample floor plan
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.
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 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