Licencing

The Legislative Services Department carries out the responsibilities of licensing various businesses, liquor and lottery gaming governed municipally and provincially.

Business Licence

The Town's Licensing Officers issue licenses for a variety of businesses in Gravenhurst to ensure public health and safety:

If you are looking to apply for a license for:

  • Amusement Place 
  • Auctioneer
  • Caleche
  • Hawker Peddler
  • Limousine
  • Refreshment Vehicle

You can fill out our Business Licence Application Form

If you are looking to apply for a license to become a Taxi Cab Owner or Taxi Car Driver, please fill out the Taxicab Driver Licence Application or the Taxicab Owner's Licence Application

The fee for these types of licenses is identified within the User Fees & Charges By-law and is due payable when you submit your application for processing.

View the Business Licensing By-law  for more information.

Notes:

  • Appointments are preferred. Town Staff can issue Business Licenses Monday to Friday during regular business hours. 
  • Upon submission of a complete application and fee, please allow 48 hours for processing.
  • If you operate your business in other communities, you may need a separate license.

Lottery Licence

The Legislative Services Department issues lottery licenses to eligible organizations as authorized through the Order in Council 1413/08 and is enforced under the Criminal Code of Canada

Is your organization holding a raffle or hosting a Bingo event?

 A lottery licence is required if all of the following exist:The word Winner with fireworks around it
  • a prize
  • a chance to win a prize
  • a consideration or a fee

Types of lotteries that may be licensed are:

  • Raffle (prize up to $50,000.00)
  • Regular or Media Bingo (events with prizes up to $5,500)
  • Break Open Tickets (“Nevada Tickets” or “pull tabs')

Eligibility

Only charitable organizations can obtain a lottery licence according to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) 

Your organization must fall within one of these four classifications to be eligible:

  • Relief of poverty
  • Advancement of education
  • Advancement of religion
  • Any purpose considered beneficial to the community

Some examples include:

  • Minor/youth sports leagues
  • Service clubs
  • Religious organizations

Some examples of organizations which are NOT eligible for a lottery licence include:

  • Adult sports teams
  • Social clubs
  • Professional associations, unions, employee groups
  • Elected representative groups including municipal, regional, provincial and federal governments
  • Political lobby groups
  • Political parties
  • Adult hobby groups
  • Private sports clubs (e.g. golf/curling)
  • Individual youth sports teams
  • A group promoting a private interest (e.g. stag and doe, individual youth sports team)

Lottery eligibility packages can be obtained by contacting the Administrative Assistant for Records and Licensing 

Making Application

  • Review the AGCO's Terms and Conditions prior to filling out your application.
  • View and print any of the Application Forms or Guides on the AGCO's Website for the various Lottery types.
  • Complete the application and submit it and the licence fee of 3% of the prize value to the Legislative Services Department at the Municipal Office – 3-5 Pineridge Gate, Gravenhurst, ON during regular office hours.

Reporting

Final Reports are due at the Municipal Office within 30 days after the completed event. Report forms are available by contacting the Administrative Assistant for Records and Licensing or from the AGCO's Website.

Liquor Licence and Special Occasions Permits

Liquor Licences and Special Occasions Permits are issued by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO).

Liquor Licences

Liquor Licensing in Ontario is monitored by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO).

In order to receive a liquor licence for your establishment, the Municipal Information Form included in the application package provided by the AGCO must be filled out and provided to the Director of Legislative Services for review and signature.

Other departments are advised of the application and inspections may be required through the local our Fire Department and/or Building Division.

For more information or forms, visit the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario

Special Occasion Permits

Special Occasion Permits are for the sale and service of alcohol at special occasions, such as:

  • weddings
  • charity fundraisers
  • receptions

Special Occasion Permits are issued through select Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) stores.

In certain circumstances, the Director of Legislative Services/Clerk and other town departments are advised of the application and details of the event. Please review the application requirements carefully by visiting the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario.

Other Types of Business Licences & Permits

For any other types of business licenses or permits including a Provincial Master Business License or Business Name registration, we encourage you to contact our Economic Development Team  or visit our Business Resource Page or our Economic Development Page for more information on starting a business in Gravenhurst.

 

 

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