You don't need a Municipal business license to open a retail, home or other business in the Municipality of Meaford. The only businesses that require a licence are taxis, refreshment vehicles, and transient traders. 

Taxis

If you operate a taxicab, you are required to get a licence to operate in the Municipality of Meaford. The application includes questions about whether you have ever had your licence suspended, or been convicted of impaired driving, dangerous driving, or other traffic act or criminal offences.

You will also be required to submit criminal record and vulnerable sector checks.

How to Apply

Please complete the Taxicab Driver Licence Application, have it commissioned, and submit it to the Administrative Office at 21 Trowbridge Street West or to clerk@meaford.ca.

Fees

  • Taxi Broker – Owner (new): $500.00
  • Taxi Broker – Owner (renewal): $125.00
  • Taxi Driver (new): $100.00
  • Taxi Driver (renewal): $75.00
  • Vehicle Inspection (new): $125.00
  • Vehicle Inspection (renewal): $100.00
  • Vehicle Inspection (transfer of licence): $50.00
 Refreshment Vehicles

If you operate a refreshment vehicle like a food truck or ice cream truck, you must must apply for a licence to operate in the Municipality of Meaford. The application includes questions about the make and model of the vehicle, the location of operation, and any prior federal or provincial convictions. You will also need to provide:

  1. Proof of zoning compliance and a sketch indicating the location of the refreshment vehicle
  2. Building Department – permit or approval (if applicable)
  3. Inspection report from the Fire Department (if applicable)
  4. Copy of Ministry of Transportation (MTO) Entrance Permit/Operations Department approval
  5. Inspection report (compliance) from Health Unit
  6. Copy of Propane Fitter’s Certificate (TSSA) - (if applicable)
  7. Copy of Commercial General Liability Insurance, minimum of $2 million and vehicle insurance
  8. Criminal Reference Check for each operator, owner, partner and/or shareholder of the corporation
  9. Proof of property ownership or letter of permission to operate business on owner’s property
  10. Copy of Ontario Master Business Licence/Business Registration

How to Apply 

Please complete the Refreshment Vehicle Application, and submit it to the Administrative Office at 21 Trowbridge Street West or to clerk@meaford.ca

Fees

  • Refreshment Vehicle Class A (Chip Truck): $500.00
  • Refreshment Vehicle Class B (Catering Truck): $500.00
  • Refreshment Vehicle Class C (Hot Dog Cart): $500.00
  • Refreshment Vehicle Class D (Ice Cream): $250.00
  • Refreshment Vehicle Class E (Operates less than one month per year): $250.00
  • Relocation fee: $75.00
  • One-time, special event fee: $50.00
 Transient Traders

If you are a transient trader, or Hawker and Peddler, you must apply for a licence to operate in the Municipality of Meaford. The application includes information about your business, the location you will be operating, and proof of permission to operate on private or municipal property.

How to Apply

Please complete a Hawkers and Peddlers Licence Application, have it commissioned, and submit it to the Administrative Office at 21 Trowbridge Street West or to clerk@meaford.ca.

Fees

Hawker and Peddler (resident): $275.00
Hawker and Peddler (non-resident): $500.00
Hawker and Peddler (short-term, up to 5 consecutive days per year): $300.00

Personal Service Settings 

Personal service settings (PSS) are facilities that provide tattooing, body piercing/modification, and aesthetic services like hairdressing, electrolysis, waxing and hair removal, manicure/pedicure, etc.

Public Health Units in Ontario are required to inspect these facilities each year to ensure that they comply with standards to protect clients from communicable diseases and infections. 

Anyone who intends to operate a Personal Service Setting (PSS) is required to notify Public Health as per the Ontario Regulation 136/18. Every owner/operator of a PSS must provide notice to the Medical Officer of Health (MOH) of the Health Unit at least 14 days before:

  • Opening a new operation
  • Providing additional/new services
  • Reconstruction
  • Renovation
  • Moving physical locations (either permanently or temporarily)

Notification of Intention can be completed online on the Notification of Intention page of the health unit website, or by contacting the Grey Bruce Health Unit at 519-376-9420 ext. 6.

 Food Service

Food Premises owners and operators are required by law to notify the Grey Bruce Health Unit of your intent to operate a food premises.

Food Premises include, but are not limited to:

  • Restaurants, cafeterias, and take-outs
  • Daycare, long-term care, retirement homes, homes for special care
  • Mobile premises
  • Catering companies
  • Retail butcher shops
  • Convenience stores
  • Recreational camps
  • Some farmers’ markets

In order to establich a business that provides food services, please complete an Application to Establish a Food Premise through the Health Unit website, or by contacting the Grey Bruce Health Unit at 519-376-9420 ext. 4.

The Health Unit also offers Food Safety Certificate Training.

BizPal

If you have questions about other types of non-municipal permits your business may need, visit BizPaL.

BizPaL is an online service with information from federal and provincial governments. It will help you to figure out what permits, licenses and other requirements you need to start your business.

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