Town of Innisfil Business Licenses

Background on Business Licenses

 

The By-laws establish procedures for the Town of Innisfil to license and regulate various businesses in the Town.

The basic principle of the by-laws is to protect the public and to set up procedures to follow in order to assist in the enforcement of other important by-laws.

You will generally want to start by considering the property where your business is to be located. It must be in compliance with current zoning by-laws applicable to your particular type of business. This applies to all businesses, including home occupations. If you have questions regarding the Town’s zoning information please contact the Planning Department at [email protected].

You must obtain the required approvals and purchase the appropriate license before commencing business. Please discuss license information with our Customer Service Department at 705-436-3710.

For assistance from the Economic Development team, call 705-220-0380, or click here to visit their website.

Please use the link below to proceed directly to the Town of Innisfil’s business license by-law:

THE CORPORATION OF THE TOWN OF INNISFIL BUSINESS BY-LAW (BY-LAW NO. 093-02)

Steps to Obtaining a Business License

Innisfil’s Business By-law sets out provisions to license, regulate, and govern certain types of businesses operating within the Town of Innisfil. The requirements vary based on the type of business. The requirements for each type of business are listed in the by-law schedules. Please read and clearly understand all the necessary requirements in the By-Law, and then complete the steps below:

  1. Determine which business licenses and permits your business requires:
    • Not all businesses require a license or permit with the Town of Innisfil.
    • However, many types of businesses are licensed provincially by Service Ontario, or federally by Revenue Canada.
    • Visit BizPal (an online source for federal and provincial permits and licenses) to determine which business permits and licenses your business requires.

 

  1. Submit your application:

 

  1. Payment of Applicable Fees:
    • Payment can be made in person at Innisfil Town Hall via debit or cheque.
    • Fees can be found in Appendix “B”, Schedule of Fees within the Business By-Law.

 

  1. Obtain Required Documentation:
    • Applicants are required to obtain the required documentation based on the requirements set out in the appendices for each type of business (such as insurance documentation).
    • This is mandatory for ensuring a complete application.

 

  1. The next step is to receive your completed Business License. However, the next steps will depend on the type of Business License you are applying for. Please contact Customer Service to verify the details via telephone at 705-436-3710, or by emailing [email protected].

Holding a valid business license is vital to ensure businesses follow By-law regulations and limitations, providing consumer protection. No person shall carry on within the Town of Innisfil any of the trades, callings, businesses, or occupations listed and forming part of these By-laws, unless he/she has obtained from the Corporation a license authorizing him/her to carry on the trade, calling, business or occupation.

Every person who holds a license shall, in carrying on or engaging in the trade, calling, business, or occupation, for which the license is issued, comply with these By-laws and the regulations herein these By-laws which relate to the person or the persons trade, calling, business or occupation.

Not all businesses require a license or permit with the Town of Innisfil (please see list of examples below).

Many other types of businesses are licensed provincially by Service Ontario, or federally by Revenue Canada. Visit BizPal, a source for federal and provincial permits and licenses, for more information.

  • accounting offices
  • catering services (not to the public)
  • cheque-cashing business
  • clothing stores
  • consulting business or firms
  • dance studios
  • daycare
  • dental offices
  • flower shops
  • fortune tellers/tarot readers
  • gyms, fitness centres and personal trainers – that do not sell food
  • import/export businesses
  • law offices
  • medical clinics
  • medical supplies stores
  • registered massage therapist (RMT)
  • retail and products stores – that do not sell food (new items only)
  • seniors’/retirement homes
  • tutoring
  • wholesale businesses.
  • Your license application may require an inspection and approval by staff of Zoning, Building, Police, Health or Fire. You along with the department will coordinate this process.
  • In most cases, licenses can be issued within 1-2 weeks of receiving the complete application. However, you may experience a delay if you did not submit enough information or if you failed to meet some of the licensing requirements or failed the inspections.
  • All licenses have an annual expiry date. You will be notified by mail of your approaching expiry date. Upon notification, you should promptly renew your license to avoid a late fee.

Below are the requirements in considering converting an existing space or constructing a new one:

  1. Zoning – permitted use and parking.
    • Check the zoning requirements of the lands being considered and verify that the use being proposed is permitted under section 5.1 of the Zoning Bylaw.
    • Ensure adequate parking in accordance with Section 3.34 of the Zoning Bylaw. (https://innisfil.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/080-13-Zoning-By-law.pdf)
    • Please reach out to Steven Montgomery at [email protected] for any zoning questions or concerns.
    • A zoning permit fee is charged at building permit for required zoning review on existing buildings.

Zoning Permit Fee: $129.90 per Schedule H of the Fees and Charges By-Law (https://innisfil.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/088-20-Fees-Charges-By-law-signed.pdf)

  1. Planning
  2. Change of Use – What was the last known use of the space you are looking into?
    • It may require a permit under the building code to change to the proposed use. (i.e., changing the use of any building or any part of a building to a retirement home).
    • Application and checklist are available: https://innisfil.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/UnitFinishInteriorAlterationApplicationPackage.pdf
    • Inquiries can be sent to [email protected].
    • This would be required to be completed by an Architect and Professional Engineer.
    • This may or may not require upgrades to existing construction.
    • This permit consists of an evaluation against code requirements for existing buildings to ensure the necessary life safety requirements are in place.
    • Fee:

Change of Use (no proposed construction) = $350 ;
Change of Use (with renovation) = $6.43/m2 minimum fee of $350.

For more information on fees please refer to Schedule H of the Fees and Charges By-Law (https://innisfil.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/088-20-Fees-Charges-By-law-signed.pdf)

4. Construction and Renovations

For more information on fees please refer to Schedule H of the Fees and Charges By-Law (https://innisfil.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/088-20-Fees-Charges-By-law-signed.pdf)

 

5. Signage

    • Signs require a separate building permit.

Sign Fee: $385.04
For more information on fees please refer to Schedule H of the Fees and Charges By-Law (https://innisfil.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/088-20-Fees-Charges-By-law-signed.pdf)

 

6. Fire Department

7. Health Unit

    • Please contact the Health Unit for any requirements they may have for your business and related fees.

https://www.simcoemuskokahealth.org/ or via phone at 1-705-721-7520

Below are the requirements in considering converting an existing space or constructing a new one:

  1. Zoning – permitted use and parking.
    1. Check the zoning requirements of the lands being considered and verify that the use being proposed is permitted under section 5.1 of the Zoning Bylaw.
    2. Ensure adequate parking in accordance with Section 3.34 of the Zoning Bylaw. (https://innisfil.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/080-13-Zoning-By-law.pdf)
    3. Please reach out to Steven Montgomery at [email protected] for any zoning questions or concerns.
    4. A zoning permit fee is charged at building permit for required zoning review on existing buildings.

Zoning Permit Fee: $129.90 per Schedule H of the Fees and Charges By-Law (https://innisfil.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/088-20-Fees-Charges-By-law-signed.pdf)

  1. Planning
    1. Any changes to the site such as new construction require a Site Plan Agreement or a Site Plan Amendment for existing buildings.
    2. Please reach out to Steven Montgomery at [email protected] for any zoning questions or concerns.
    3. Fees: Please refer to schedule “I” of the Fees and Charges Bylaw. (https://innisfil.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/088-20-Fees-Charges-By-law-signed.pdf)
  2. Change of Use – What was the last known use of the space you are looking into?
    1. It may require a permit under the building code to change to the proposed use. (i.e., changing the use of any building or any part of a building to a retirement home).
    2. Application and checklist are available: https://innisfil.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/UnitFinishInteriorAlterationApplicationPackage.pdf
    3. Inquiries can be sent to [email protected].
    4. This would be required to be completed by an Architect and Professional Engineer.
    5. This may or may not require upgrades to existing construction.
    6. This permit consists of an evaluation against code requirements for existing buildings to ensure the necessary life safety requirements are in place.
    7. Fee:

Change of Use (no proposed construction) = $350 ;
Change of Use (with renovation) = $6.43/m2 minimum fee of $350.

For more information on fees please refer to Schedule H of the Fees and Charges By-Law (https://innisfil.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/088-20-Fees-Charges-By-law-signed.pdf)

  1. Construction and Renovations
    1. A building permit is required prior to beginning any construction.
    2. Application and checklist are available: https://innisfil.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/UnitFinishInteriorAlterationApplicationPackage.pdf
    3. Inquiries can be sent to [email protected].
    4. This would be required to be completed by an Architect and Professional Engineer.
    5. The applicant shall pay applicable building permit and zoning fees prior to permit issuance as well as all Development Charges.
    6. Renovation Fee: $6.43/m2 minimum fee of $300

For more information on fees please refer to Schedule H of the Fees and Charges By-Law (https://innisfil.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/088-20-Fees-Charges-By-law-signed.pdf)

 

  1. Signage
    1. Signs require a separate building permit.

Sign Fee: $385.04
For more information on fees please refer to Schedule H of the Fees and Charges By-Law (https://innisfil.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/088-20-Fees-Charges-By-law-signed.pdf)

 

  1. Fire Department
    1. If there is no construction and no change of use, the Fire Department may wish to inspect the premises to ensure there are no hazards.
    2. Please contact Mike Symes at [email protected] for more information.
    3. Fee: $110
      per Schedule D of the Fees and Charges By-Law (https://innisfil.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/088-20-Fees-Charges-By-law-signed.pdf)
  2. Health Unit
    1. Please contact the Health Unit for any requirements they may have for your business and related fees.

https://www.simcoemuskokahealth.org/ or via phone at 1-705-721-7520

The By-laws establish procedures for the Town of Innisfil to license and regulate various businesses in the Town.

The basic principle of the by-laws is to protect the public and to set up procedures to follow in order to assist in enforcement of other important by-laws.

You will generally want to start by considering the property where your business is to be located. It must be in compliance with current zoning by-laws applicable to your particular type of business. This applies to all businesses, including home occupations. If you have questions regarding the Town’s zoning information please contact the Planning Department at [email protected]

You must obtain the required approvals and purchase the appropriate license before commencing business. Please discuss license information with our Customer Service Department at 705-436-3710.

For assistance from the Economic Development team, call 705-220-0380, or click here to visit their website.

Holding a valid business license is vital to ensure businesses follow By-law regulations and limitations, providing consumer protection. No person shall carry on within the Town of Innisfil any of the trades, callings, businesses, or occupations listed and forming part of these By-laws, unless he/she has obtained from the Corporation a license authorizing him/her to carry on the trade, calling, business or occupation.

Every person who holds a license shall, in carrying on or engaging in the trade, calling, business, or occupation, for which the license is issued, comply with these By-laws and the regulations herein these By-laws which relate to the person or the persons trade, calling, business or occupation.

Not all businesses require a licence or permit with the Town of Innisfil. Examples include:

  • accounting offices
  • catering services (not to the public)
  • cheque-cashing business
  • clothing stores
  • consulting business or firms
  • dance studios
  • daycare
  • dental offices
  • flower shops
  • fortune tellers/tarot readers
  • gyms, fitness centres and personal trainers – that do not sell food
  • import/export businesses
  • law offices
  • medical clinics
  • medical supplies stores
  • registered massage therapist (RMT)
  • retail and products stores – that do not sell food (new items only)
  • seniors’/retirement homes
  • tutoring
  • wholesale businesses.

Many other types of businesses are licensed provincially by Service Ontario or federally by Revenue Canada. Visit BizPal, a source for federal and provincial permits and licences, for more information.

  • Your license application may require an inspection and approval by staff of Zoning, Building, Police, Health or Fire. You along with the department will coordinate this process.
  • In most cases, licenses can be issued within 1-2 weeks of receiving the complete application However, you may experience a delay if you did not submit enough information or if you failed to meet some of the licensing requirements or failed the inspections.
  • All licenses have an annual expiry date. You will be notified by mail of your approaching expiry date. Upon notification, you should promptly renew your license to avoid a late fee.

Below are the requirements in considering converting an existing space or constructing new:

  1. Zoning – permitted use and parking.

2. Planning

3. Change of Use – What was the last known use of the space you are looking into?

4. Construction and Renovations

5. Signage

6. Fire Department

7. Health Unit