Establishment & Mobile Licence
Business Licence Reference Guide
Breakdown of fees, checklist and inspection requirements for Establishment, Mobile & Trade Licences.
Many businesses in Hamilton must be licensed to operate legally for public health and safety, consumer protection and/or nuisance prevention. A business licence protects the health and safety of the public who use their service or products and also helps ensure consistency for business owners and customers.
Hamilton’s Licensing By-law No. 07-170 provides the rules and regulations for each type of business.
What Businesses Require a Licence
There are two categories of business licenses:
- Establishment licence
- Mobile licence
For a complete list of businesses that require a license, refer to the Business Licence Reference Guide.
A business licence application must be submitted by:
- an individual owner
- a partner in a partnership
- the president or a signing officer of the corporation
- or written authorization by the president and/or signing officer of the corporation
Apply for a Business Licence
If your business licence requires a photo ID or in person service, you will need to visit our office location:
Licensing and By-law Services
330 Wentworth St N
Hamilton, ON L8L 5W3
Dependent on the type of licence, one or more of these applications may also be required:
Documentation required varies depending on the type of business licence. In addition to the business registration or corporate profile some licences require a:
- Zoning Verification certificate
- Premises plan or floor plan
- Police criminal check
- Ministry of Transportation driver abstract
Refer to the Business Licence Reference Guide for more information on application requirements by licence type.
To make an online payment you must have:
- your licence number if paying for a renewal i.e: 18-XXXXXX (first 2 digits represent the year)
- your application number if paying for a new licence i.e: 18-XXXXX (first 2 digits represent the year)
Business Licence Expiry
Most business licenses are valid for one year from the date issued. You must renew the licence every year. As a courtesy, the City may send out renewal notices by mail. However, it is the licence holder’s responsibility to ensure the licence is current.