Business owners operating in the City of Clarence-Rockland must obtain a licence from the municipality authorizing them to operate the business.

The purpose of municipal business licensing is to protect the health and safety of the public who use the service or products. It also helps ensure consistency for business owners and customers.

Complete and submit the Business Licence Application Form.

Pay my Business Licence invoice

Business Licence Application Costs

New Application

$54.00

Change of Ownership

$28.00

Change of Address

$28.00

Change of Business Name

$28.00

Business Licence Categories and Annual Costs

Category Definition Annual Licensing Cost

Adult Entertainment Establishment

A business that is designed to appeal to erotic or sexual appetites or inclinations.

N/A

Business type not permitted

Amusement Services

A business where the renting or temporary use of equipment, items or other equipment designated for the entertainment of the public is provided.

$324

Auctioneer

A person selling, renting or putting up for sale, goods, wares, merchandise or effects or livestock by public auction.

$216/year; or

$87/day

Automotive Services

A business that offers automobile services, including an automobile body shop, sales garage, gas bar, service station, storage, wrecking yard and car washes whether automatic or not.

$108

Chip Wagon

A vehicle from which food, refreshments or confections are sold, either temporarily mounted on blocks or supported by conventional wheel, tire or axle system.

$500/year; or

$50/day

Fee to transfer licence: $25

Entertainment Services

A business that provides or offers leisure activities in which the customer or customer acts as an observer and does not actively participate.

$541

Food/Beverage Service

A business that offers food or beverages intended for human consumption.

$108

General

Any trade, occupation and sale or hire of goods and services for profit wholly or partly carried on within the municipality. A business that engages in business activities within the City of Clarence-Rockland's jurisdiction.

$108

Home Occupation

A business that operates in any dwelling unit, second unit, attached garage or accessory building.

See the Zoning By-Law for details.

$65

Itinerant Vendor

A person who goes from place to place or to a particular place with goods for sale by retail, or who carries and displays samples, patterns or specimens of any goods for the purpose of sale or hire that are delivered in the City afterwards, but does not include a person who sells to wholesale or retail dealers in similar goods.

$324

Mobile Canteen

 

Licence A:

A vendor selling ice-cream, frozen milk products and beverages only from the streets or on private property in the City, from a pedal-powered vehicle.

$300/vehicle

Licence B:

A person selling food products that are prepared and cooked elsewhere than in the motor vehicle, from a motor vehicle on private property.

$500/vehicle

Licence C:

A person selling ice cream and frozen milk products, from a motor vehicle on private property in the City.

$500/vehicle

Licence D:

A person selling food products from a refreshment vehicle as set out in the licence categories who vends for or at a specific event.

$500/vehicle

Mobile Sales/Service

A business which does not operate from a permanent location but goes from place to place to sell or to provide services to customers.

$108

Recreational Services

A business that provides or offers sport or leisure activities in which the customer actively participates.

$108

Seasonal

A business that operates less than 6 consecutive months during a specific time of the year.

$65

Seasonal Produce Vendor

A business that operates less than 6 consecutive months during a specific time of the year and sells locally grown produce.

$65

Taxicab

 

A business that provides the transportation of passengers and/or goods, for hire or reward as specified in the Taxicab By-Law.

 

Taxicab Driver – New: $100

Taxicab Driver – Renewal: $50

Taxicab Owner – New/Plate: $200

Taxicab Owner – Renewal/Plate: $150

Taxicab Broker – New: $400

Taxicab Broker – Renewal: $300

Trades & Contractors

A person who makes an agreement with another to do a piece of work, retaining in himself control of the means, method and manner of producing the result to be accomplished.

$108

Transient Trader

A business, who on a temporary basis, sells or offers for sale, goods, wares, merchandise, items or service at an indoor or outdoor location or premises.

$162

Transient Trader - Special Event

A business event organized by a sponsoring organization within the City, where one or more transient traders are engaged in business activity, who on a temporary basis, sells or offers for sale, goods, wares, merchandise, items or service at an indoor or outdoor location or premises.

$162/year; or

$65/day

Benefits of having a Business Licence

  • Business may advertise their services on the Clarence-Rockland Business Directory.
  • Helps ensure consistency for business owners and customers.
  • Makes a favorable impression as it gives customers confidence in the credibility, professionalism and thoroughness of the business.
  • Reduces risk as it protects the health and safety of the public who use the service or products.
  • May create new business opportunities.

Applicable By-Law

The Business Licences By-law sets out the rules that govern municipal business licensing in Clarence-Rockland.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact the Client Service Centre at 613-446-6022 or by email.