Business Licensing

Image of vegetable grocerWe licence trades such as building renovators, HVAC installers and plumbing contracting companies. 

Check out the full list of licensed contractors in Oakville.

If you work in construction, the rules for mandatory WSIB coverage have changed. Do you run your own construction business? Big or small, with workers or without, you still need to know what's changed. Find out what it means for you by visiting the WSIB Ontario website.

Licences are also issued to stationary businesses such as barber shops and beauty salons, motor vehicle service related facilities, food shops and public halls. Mobile business licences are issued for refreshment vehicles, taxicabs and limousines. Check out the full list of business licence applications.

Liquor Licensing

A liquor licence for a business must be obtained through the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario. Visit the Liquor Licence Application Requirements page

Lottery Licensing

Lottery and gaming licences may be obtained by eligible charitable or not-for-profit organizations through the Town of Oakville on behalf of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario and the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Commission. Access more information on obtaining a lottery or gaming licence.

Licensing By-law 2008-093

Licensing By-law 2008-093 is the by-law that allows us to license and regulate various businesses in the Town of Oakville. Holding a valid business licence is vital to ensure businesses follow by-law regulations and limitations, providing consumer protection.

Since the current Licensing By-law 2008-093 was passed, a number of amendments and new schedules have been added. As a result, there is a need for clarity and consistency. A comprehensive Licensing By-law is currently being drafted and will be presented to the Administrative Services Committee (ASC) on Monday, November 9, 2015 at 7 p.m. The decision of the ASC will be forwarded to Council for consideration on Monday, November 16, 2015. Questions or concerns with regard to the proposed Licensing By-law may be directed to the Town Clerk, Clerk's department (

Access the search results for the licensing by-law.

All business licences are issued annually through the Licensing and By-law Services section of the Clerk's department, which is located in the Town Hall at 1225 Trafalgar Road.