Proof of vaccination is required at indoor town facilities. The province has released a plan to safely reopen Ontario and manage COVID-19 for the long-term. Please continue to follow all current public health measures.
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.
Effective January 15, 2022, 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.
Looking to start a business in Oakville? Visit our Business Start-up page for more information.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Review the list of contractors that a licenced to operate in the Town of Oakville