Many businesses in Oakville require a licence. Holding a valid business licence ensures businesses follow by-law regulations and limitations, providing supporting documentation and security clearances which provide consumer protection.
Business licence applications can now be submitted using online services.
Visit our Business Start-up page for more information.
All business licence applications (new and renewal) must be submitted using the online services
Please note that operating a business in the Town of Oakville without a valid licence is a chargeable offence.
The town requires licences for many businesses such as building renovators, contractors, taxis and tow trucks, arborists, short term accomodations, HVAC installers, plumbing contracting companies, personal service establishments (which include hair salons, tattoo parlours, and spas), motor vehicle service-related facilities and food shops. For a complete list of businesses that require a licence please visit the What do I Need Before Applying for a Business Licence page.
Licensing By-law 2015-075, as amended, regulates various businesses in the Town of Oakville. Business licences are non-transferable, and licence fees are non-refundable and not pro-rated.
The Town of Oakville is currently undertaking a comprehensive review of Business Licensing By-law 2015-075 (consolidated version is offered as convenience only and includes some or all amendments made to it). The business licensing by-law provides for the licensing and regulation of various businesses that operate in Oakville including restaurants, nail salons, taxis and building renovators to name a few. The main goal of the licensing by-law is to provide consumer protections, health and safety of the public and nuisance control.
Included in the review are new regulations for the following businesses:
Send us your comments by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Businesses will receive a courtesy renewal notice via email or mail at least one month before their licence expiry date. The renewal letter will outline the documentation required for licence renewal. If your licence expires at the end of the month and you have not received your renewal letter, please email email@example.com.
Review the list of contractors that a licenced to operate in the Town of Oakville