Business Licensing and Permits

Planning to operate a business in the City of Vaughan? You may require a business licence or permit.

Dog walker, driving instructor, laundromat and person having their hair shampooed at a salon

Do you operate Wildlife Removal Company in Vaughan?

Effective April 22, 2024, all Wildlife Removal Companies operating in Vaughan are required to have a business licence.


Do you operate an Eating Establishment or Banquet Hall? You may be eligible to have a seasonal outdoor patio.

Applications are now available for a seasonal outdoor patio endorsement.


Are you looking to hire a contractor?

There are a few things to keep in mind when looking to hire a contractor.


Do you need a business licence or permit?

The City of Vaughan currently licenses/permits various types of businesses, special events, lotteries and other activities. Property permits and applications can be found under the property by-laws section.

Business licences and permits

Adult entertainment parlour, owner, operator and entertainer

Amusement: arcade, movie, bowling

Auction hall and auctioneer

Banquet hall

Billiard hall

Body rub parlour owner, operator and attendant 

Clothing donation drop box

Commercial dog walker

Driving school operator and instructor

Eating establishment (restaurant), lounge, nightclub and pub

Fence installer, landscaper, paver, pool installer, renovator, and snowplow contractor application


Hair and esthetics (personal services)

Laundromat or dry cleaning facility

Limousine company owner and driver

Liquor licence


Kennel or boarding

Marriage licence

Mobile signs company and mobile sign permit

Newspaper box


Pet grooming establishment

Pet shop

Private transportation company owner and driver

Refreshment vehicles

Seasonal outdoor patio endorsement

Second hand goods or pawn shop

Selling food or drink - foodstuff

Short-term rental brokerage or owner

Special events and/or film permit

Taxicab brokerage and driver

Tobacco vendor

Tow truck brokerage, owner or driver

Vehicle cleaning and repair - public garage

Video store

Wildlife removal 

Notice of collection statement
This forms on the application pages will be used to collect personal information as defined under the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. This information is collected under the legal authority of the Municipal Act, 2001, S.O. 2001 c.25, as amended, or its successor act. This information will be used by the City of Vaughan for the administration and enforcement of City of Vaughan by-laws. Questions regarding this collection may be directed to the By-law and Compliance, Licensing and Permit Services department, City of Vaughan, 2141 Major Mackenzie Drive, Vaughan, Ontario L6A 1T1, at or 905-832-2281.

Options to apply and other resources

  • Options to apply: For all business licences and permits, you can also apply in-person, by email, by mail or drop-box; see each business page for more information.  
  • Business registration: If you have any concerns related to business registration, please visit the Vaughan Business Enterprise Centre.​​​
  • Identification: Learn what Canadian identification is needed to apply for a business licence or permit.
  • Other licences and permits: For a list of all City of Vaughan licences and permits, and other services, visit the Service Vaughan web page


Contact Information

By-law and Compliance, Licensing and Permit Services

Vaughan City Hall
2141 Major Mackenzie Dr.
Vaughan, ON L6A 1T1

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