Business Licensing - Town of Gravenhurst

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Business Licensing

In accordance with the Municipal Act, the Town of Gravenhurst licenses various businesses to ensure public health and safety and consumer protection. The information contained in the individual pages is a brief outline of the requirements of the individual license type.Please refer to the Business License By-law (PDF) for complete information.

Applicants of any type of business licence must be at least eighteen (18) years of age.

Businesses are not permitted to be operated from municipal property (parks, road allowance, sidewalks etc.) without permission from the municipality and the appropriate licence.

The following types of businesses require municipal business licenses:


Business Licence Fees and Application (PDF)

Business licenses may be obtained Monday to Friday during regular business hours. Upon submission of a complete application, please allow 48 hours for processing.

Amusement Place

The purpose of licensing this type of business is to ensure the health and safety of the people who might frequent the business, to ensure that the business is not a nuisance to surrounding landowners and to ensure the protection of the consumer for goods and/or services provided.
 “Amusement Place” means a place, building or structure or part thereof to which the public has access where coin operated games, pinball machines, or pool, billiard and/or snooker tables are located but this shall not apply to those premises licensed under the Liquor Licence Act of Ontario or those with less than six (6) games, machines and/or tables.

A licence may be issued to the owner or operator of an Amusement Place if:

  • the applicant is at least twenty-one (21) years of age;
  • all of the necessary approvals have been submitted (eg. Medical Officer of Health, the Fire Chief, or designate, etc.);
  • proper liability insurance is in place;
  • and a favourable police background check has been supplied.


A number of operational conditions apply including hours of operation.  For a complete list, please refer to By-law No. 2005-30 (PDF).

Auctioneers

“Auctioneer” is a person selling, or putting up for sale, goods, wares, merchandise or effects or livestock by public auction.

Auctioneers are licensed for the purpose of consumer protection to ensure fair business practices, to protect the safety of the public attending and to ensure that the business is not a nuisance to the surrounding properties and neighbourhood. 

A licence may be issued if:

  • the applicant is at least eighteen years of age; and
  • the premises from which it is proposed to carry on business of an auction house complies with the zoning, building and property standards requirements of the town if situated within the town.

Proper books of accounts are required to be kept and shall be available for the inspection of the Issuer of Licences if requested.

Caleche

“Caleche” means a horse drawn carriage used for hire and for the conveyance of persons.

The purpose of licensing this operation is for the health and safety of the public, to ensure that the carriage is in good mechanical condition and to ensure the horse operations are performed in a sanitary and safe manner. .

A licence may be issued to an owner of a caleche if:

  • the applicant is eighteen years of age; and
  • the applicant provides proof of commercial general liability insurance with a minimum coverage of $2,000,000.00 inclusive per occurrence for bodily injury, death and damage to property.

For more information regarding the approval process of routes, certificate requirements from a qualified veterianarian or devices required for the horses, please visit the comprehensive By-law. Note that this by-law does not apply to seasonal hay or sleigh rides.


Hawker-Pedlar

“Hawker – Pedlar” means any person who goes from place to place, or to a particular place, with goods, wares or merchandise for sale, or who carries and displays samples, patterns or specimens of any goods, wares or merchandise for which orders are taken and that are to be delivered in the Town afterwards.

The purpose of licensing this type of vendor is to ensure the health and safety of the consumer, that the business is not a nuisance by hindering vehicles or pedestrian traffic and/or causing a hazard in any way and/or having a negative aesthetic impact on the municipality. A licence is not required for wholesale or retail dealers in similar goods, wares or merchandise:

  • if the goods are grown, produced or manufactured in Gravenhurst and are sold by the grower, producer or manufacturer;
  • if the goods are sold by a person who operates a business from a commercially zoned property in Gravenhurst;
  • in connection with a Gravenhurst Business Improvement Area or a Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce promotional event;
  • by any registered charitable organization; or
  • by a special event organization held in conjunction with the Town when vendors are ancillary to the event.


The applicant must be at least eighteen years of age. Note that municipal property such as a Town park or Town highway, may not be used to conduct any business unless written permission has been received by the delegated authority. Please visit the by-law for a thorough review of all requirements.

Limousines

“Limousine” means a motor vehicle other than a Taxi Cab that is used for hire and for the conveyance of passengers, having a seating capacity with seatbelts for at least six (6) passengers exclusive of the driver.

The purpose of licensing Limousines is to ensure the health and safety of all persons using the services, to ensure the vehicle is in good mechanical condition and provide biannually a Ministry of Transportation Safety Standards Certificate.

Motor vehicles being used as a limousine must have an encased automobile body having at least four doors, seating capacity for six passengers exclusive of the driver, and must meet the standards outlined in the by-law. Each limousine must be licensed.

Refreshment Vehicle

“Refreshment Vehicle” shall mean any vehicle from which refreshments are offered for sale, or sold for consumption by the public and includes, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, carts, wagons, trailers and trucks, irrespective of the type of motive power employed to move the refreshment vehicle from one point to another.

Refreshment Vehicles are licensed for the purpose of health and safety and ensuring that the vendor is following all required health regulations, to ensure that the consumer does not become ill, and to ensure that the vendors are not hindering vehicle or pedestrian traffic and/or causing a hazard in any way and/or having a negative aesthetic impact on the municipality.

A licence may be issued to the owner of a Refreshment Vehicle if:

  • the applicant is at least eighteen years of age;
  • all of the necessary approvals have been submitted (eg. Medical Officer of Health, the Fire Chief, or designate, Technical Standards and Safety Authority, etc.); and
  • proper liability insurance is in place.


Waste or litter resulting from such vending activity is required to be collected and removed.

Taxicab Owner

The purpose of issuing licenses for taxis is for public health and safety to ensure that taxis are in good mechanical condition and to protect the consumer from unfair or potentially unfair business practices and by instituting meter rates.

 

Taxicab Driver

“Taxicab” means a motor vehicle, other than a limousine, that has a seating capacity with seatbelts for no more than five passengers exclusive of the driver.

Drivers are licensed for the purpose of health and safety, ensure drivers are licensed to drive by the province and to protect consumers.

A licence may be issued if the applicant is at least eighteen years of age, holds a valid licence and has filed all required documentation including insurance and provides a favourable police background check.