City of Kitchener

Business Licensing

If you are opening or running a business in Kitchener, you must obtain a business license from the city. Doing so will help ensure the safety of our citizens - and your customers.

Applicants must ensure building, zoning and fire-department regulations are complied with prior to being issued a business license.

Other specialized businesses such as hair salons and aesthetician salons or businesses where food products are prepared or sold must also obtain approval from the Waterloo Regional Health Unit.

If you wish to operate a business, please contact us (prior to operating) at 519-741-2275 between 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. We will be pleased to assist you with the application process.

Available street vendor locations

The licensing staff is currently advertising the available street vendor locations for the 2017 licensing year. Get your application in the the licensing office by May 31, 2017 to be considered for the available spots.

2016 Business Licence Review

The City of Kitchener licensing staff is conducting a comprehensive review of the city's business licensing program. The review process includes consultation with licensing inspection agencies, business operators and current licensees, as well as City of Kitchener staff and members of council. 

Business licence renewal notices

Business license renewals are effective January 2, 2017. If you're scheduled for a renewal, watch for a courtesy notice in the mail. Public hall renewals have a new process, which is outlined in the courtesy notice. Some renewals require inspections or additional forms. Late fees apply as of March 17, 2017.

Payment can be made by mailing a cheque and your remittance slip to: City of Kitchener, 200 King Street West, Kitchener, ON N2G 4G7. Renewals will also be accepted in the city clerk's office, on the second floor of city hall, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., or contact 519-741-2275. We accept cash, cheque and debit card.

BizPaL online business permits and licences

BizPaL helps you find the permits and licences you may require when starting or operating your business. This innovative online service provides entrepreneurs with simplified access to information about business permits, licences and other requirements needed to start, operate and grow their business from the federal, provincial/territorial and participating municipal governments.

Benefits of BizPaL

Finding out which government requirements apply to a certain business type can be time consuming and frustrating. BizPaL was created to help identify what you may require, quickly and easily. The information you need is available from a single source; entrepreneurs spend less time dealing with red tape - saving effort and money in the process - and more time building their business. The service is the result of strong collaboration between the federal, provincial/territorial and participating municipal governments and is designed with the following benefits in mind:

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  • It's free to use
  • It saves time
  • It's available 24/7
  • NOTE:  the BizPal service application is currently under reconstruction/review and is currently not available.