Business licensing and permits

Do you need a business licence or permit?

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


Options to apply​

For stationary businesses, you can now apply for and renew your licence online on the Licensing Portal; you will also be able to apply for and renew other types of individual and mobile business licences and permits later this year. Visit the specific business pages below for more information.



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.  If you have any concerns related to business registration, please visit the Vaughan Business Enterprise Centre.​​​ For a list of all City of Vaughan licences and permits, and other services, visit the Service Vaughan web page


Learn what Canadian identification is needed to apply for a business licence or permit.