Business Licensing

Some businesses in Caledon require a licence. We licence adult entertainment facilities, tow trucks, pound facilities, taxi and limousine services, food & refreshment vehicles, temporary restaurant patios and donation boxes. 

Not sure if you need a licence? Read more below.

Tow Trucks

There are a variety of different licences that you need to own and operate a tow truck company in Caledon. Tow truck vehicle licences and company licences expire one year after being issued. Applications and required supplementary documents may be submitted via email to enforcement@caledon.ca or in person. To submit an application in person, you will need to book an appointment. Call us to set up an appointment.

Company Operator Licence

To operate a tow truck company, you need to:

Vehicle Licence

You need to submit an application for each tow truck vehicle. To get a tow truck vehicle licence, you need to:

  • Complete and submit a Tow Truck Vehicle application
  • Provide a Certificate of Insurance
  • Pay a licensing fee of $425.00 for the first truck for a new company and $400.00 for additional trucks.
  • A fee of $60 will also apply for a missed or additional vehicle inspection.

Driver's Licence

To drive a tow truck, you need a tow truck driver's licence:

  • Complete and submit a Tow Truck Driver application
  • Pay a licensing fee of $150.00 for a one year licence or $300.00 for a two year licence.

Pound Facilities

If you own and operate a pound facility in Caledon, you are required to obtain an operator licence. Every pound facility must be in compliance with the Zoning By-law and is subject to an inspection as part of the licensing process. 

Company Operator Licence

To operate a pound facility, you need an operator licence:

Taxis and limousines

There are a variety of different taxi and limousine licences required to own and operate these services in Caledon. All taxi and limousine licences expire annually on October 31. Review the different licence requirements.

Broker Licence

To run a taxi or limousine business in Caledon, you need to get a broker licence. You need to:

Vehicle Licence

You need to licence every vehicle that you plan to use as a taxi or limousine.

For each vehicle, you need to:

Fees

The following taxi and limousine licensing fees apply:

  • Original taxi licence costs $425.00
  • Taxi licence renewal costs $325.00
  • Original limousine licence costs $400.00
  • Limousine licence renewal costs $325.00

Driver's Licence

In order to get a licence to drive a taxi or limousine in Caledon, you need to:

Food & Refreshment Vehicles

Do you own a food truck, ice-cream truck or other food or refreshment vehicle? You need to get a licence in order to own and operate the vehicle. Before applying for the licence, you need to get an inspection from the Region of Peel Health Department. Applications and required supplementary documents may be submitted via email to enforcement@caledon.ca or in person. To submit an application in person, you will need to book an appointment. Call us to set up an appointment.

Company Operator Licence

To operate a food & refreshment vehicle company, you need to:

Vehicle Licence

You need to submit an application for each vehicle. To get a vehicle licence, you need to:

Attendant Licence

To work in a food & refreshment vehicle, each attendant requires a licence. To get a licence, you need to:

  • Complete a Food & Refreshment Vehicle Attendant application
  • Pay a $150.00 licensing fee. If the Operator is also an Attendant, this fee will be waived.

Special Event Food & Refreshment Vehicle Licence

This licence is for individuals who have a food & refreshment vehicle and are only intending on operating at special events in Caledon. In this case, the Special Event Food & Refreshment Vehicle Licence can be used for up to 3 special events in the calendar year. If the vehicle will be operated at more than 3 special events, then an Operator, Vehicle and Attendant Licence will be required.

To get a Special Event Food & Refreshment Vehicle Licence, you need to:

Donation boxes

If you would like to set up a donation box, you need to get a licence. Donation box licences expire annually on February 28.

Set up a donation box

To set up a donation box you need to:

Restaurant Patios

If you would like to set up a temporary patio adjacent to your restaurant business, you need to get a licence. The patios are permitted during the patio season of May 1 to October 31 and can be placed on either private property or on a sidewalk in Downtown Bolton. To apply for a licence, click here.

Private Transportation Companies (PTCs)

All Private Transportation Companies (PTCs) are required to be licensed if their drivers are accepting trip requests in the Town. PTC Licences are valid for one year and expire 12 months after the date of issuance.

To get a PTC Licence, you need to:

A licensed PTC is also required to provide on a quarterly basis, payment of $0.20 per trip.

PTC Driver

Drivers accepting trip requests on the PTC's platform (app) are NOT required to apply for a licence with the Town. During the registration process with the PTC, PTCs are required to ensure each driver:

  • is at least 18 years of age;
  • submits a Criminal Record Check dated with 365 days that satisfies the Threshold Policy of the Business Licensing By-law;
  • submits a Drivers Abstract dated with 365 days that satisfies the Threshold Policy of the Business Licensing By-law;
  • submits a vehicle permit that shows the PTC vehicle is no more than 10 years old; and
  • submits a valid Safety Standards Certificate or Annual Inspection Certificate.

PTC Vehicle Inspections

Although inspections of PTC vehicles are not required as part of the licensing process, Municipal Law Enforcement Officers can perform random inspections of these vehicles. These Officers are identified by their uniforms and Town of Caledon vehicles, and will provide their name and badge IDs. These inspections are used to ensure a safe and transparent driving experience for passengers and driver.

The vehicle must:

  • be registered on the PTC app;
  • be no more than 10 years old;
  • have a PTC Identifier (logo provided by PTC) clearly displayed on the rear passenger side window; and
  • not have any roof light or markings that have the effect of making the vehicle look like a taxicab.

Drivers must:

  • be registered on the PTC app;
  • only provide services through the PTC app (no street hails);
  • produce valid insurance that meets the requirements of the By-law; and
  • submit the vehicle for inspection when directed to do so by an Officer.

Kennels

Any business where more than 3 dogs are kept for breeding or boarding services is considered a kennel business. 

Before you register

Applicants seeking to establish the use defined as Animal Kennel, (Animal Kennel, means a building, structure or premises used for the raising, boarding, grooming and sale of dogs, cats or other household pets in accordance with the Town’s Animal Control By-law.), shall be subject to the planning process, which may include an Official Plan Amendment (OPA), Zoning By-law Rezone (ZBL) or a Minor Variance (MV) through the Committee of Adjustment.

Applicants are advised to review the processes and procedures required to seek relief from the Zoning By-law, 2006-50, as amended, Town of Caledon here Zoning - Town of Caledon and apply for an inquiry meeting here Development Applications - Town of Caledon.

Inquiry meetings are free of charge, held virtually and allow staff to identify the required approvals/applications to facilitate your request. This is also an opportunity for staff to explain the Town’s planning policies which apply to the lands. From the date of submission to the date of the meeting, it is typically a 3-week timeframe.

Please note that you will require a site plan and cover letter to request this meeting. Once the approval has been granted you can now apply for a Kennel Licence.

To obtain a Kennel Licence, you need to:

  • Complete the Kennel License Application
  • Master Business license
  • Commercial General Liability Insurance
  • Pay a $250.00 Licensing fee

Company Operator Licence

To operate a kennel facility, you need an operator licence:

Kennel Facility Inspection

Once an Operator licence has been issued, an inspection of the kennel facility will be required to be completed by a Municipal Law Enforcement Officer to ensure the facility meets the requirements of the By-law (see page 22 of the By-law).