Many businesses in Oakville require a licence. We licence trades such as building renovators, HVAC installers and plumbing contracting companies, personal service establishments (which include hair salons, tattoo parlours, and spas), motor vehicle service related facilities, and food shops.
The Regional Municipality of Halton requires certain businesses to be inspected for health reasons including, but not limited to personal services and food shops. Find out more information on obtaining a certificate of compliance with the Health Protection and Promotion Act by visiting the Halton Region website, contact them directly at 905-825-6000, or dial 311.
Do you run your own business? Big or small, with workers or without, you may require a licence and will need to be informed about WSIB coverage. Find out what it means for you by visiting the WSIB Ontario website.
The Town of Oakville is currently undertaking a comprehensive review of the Business Licensing By-law 2015-075 (consolidated version).
Join us at Town Hall, 1225 Trafalgar Road for one of these drop-in sessions to provide your input:
Tuesday, February 18, 6-8 p.m., Oakville and Trafalgar Rooms
Wednesday, February 19, 9-11 a.m., Oakville and Bronte Rooms
Thursday, February 20, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Oakville and Trafalgar Rooms
NOTE: The by-laws available on this website are provided as a convenience only. User should verify all information before acting on it. Some versions of by-laws may be consolidated. A consolidated by-law is one that includes some or all changes ("amendments") that have been made to it.
If you are an arborist or own a tree or arboricultural company you will be required to obtain a licence for 2018 for any work in Oakville. For more information please visit the Arborist Licensing By-law page.
Do you rent out a room in your home? All short term accommodations (STA) offering rentals less than 28 days will require a licence to operate.Visit the short term accommodation licensing page to find out more information on the licensing requirements for short term rentals in Oakville.
Starting January 1, 2020, tow truck owners and storage yards will require a licence to operate in Oakville. Please visit our Tow Truck licensing by-law page to find out more details.
Licensing By-law 2015-075 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.