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Business Licensing

Police record checks can take five to eight weeks to complete. Apply for these checks well in advance of a licence expiring or before attending the office for a first time licence application.

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Learn about enforcement activity, including number of inspections and charges

Inspection and enforcement statistics

Niagara Region licences, regulates and governs various businesses and occupations.

All licence applications are processed online. If you have difficulty uploading documents or completing the online application, contact our office.

Licence categories

  • Taxi brokers, owners, drivers and vehicles
  • Transportation network companies (such as Rideshare), drivers and vehicles
  • Tow truck owners, drivers and vehicles
  • Second-hand shops and dealers
  • Salvage yards and shops
  • Vehicle for hire (shuttle, speciality, caleche, sightseeing)
  • Adult entertainment, including parlour owners, operators and entertainers in Fort Erie, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Niagara Falls, St. Catharines, Thorold and Welland
  • Body rub parlour owners, operators and attendants in St. Catharines and Niagara Falls

See business licensing fees and charges.

Apply for or renew a licence


To report an incident, file a complaint, make an enquiry or for general information, contact the Business Licensing department:

905-980-6000 ext. 6380
Email Business Licensing

Due to COVID-19, the business licensing office is closed to the public.

Services are available Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. by phone and email only.

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