It's time to get your business licence applications in! Certain types of businesses in Newmarket require a licence to operate, including:
- Mobile businesses such as taxicab companies, ride-sharing companies, tow truck companies, driving school instructors, refreshment vehicles and limousine companies
- Pet stores
- Short-term rentals
- Outdoor patios
- Clothing donation bins & newspaper boxes
- Second hands good shops
- Adult entertainment establishments, video stores, and body rub parlours
Do you operate one of these businesses in Newmarket? We understand your business may be impacted by COVID-19 and we will work with you to process your licence without added financial stress. Any businesses experiencing financial hardship are encouraged to apply for a business licence and speak with a Licensing Officer to receive a 90 day deferral of payment for any fees associated with their licence.
Whether you can pay now, or want to tap into the payment deferral offer, all businesses are required to apply for and obtain a 2020 business licence in order to operate within the Town.
The Town will provide warnings to businesses operating without a license. Businesses who then fail to obtain a license or follow regulations will be subject to fines and enforcement action.
As Newmarket's Municipal Offices remain closed to the public to help stop the spread of COVID-19, business owners can go online to download an application form which can be submitted by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by placing a hardcopy into the drop box, located at 395 Mulock Drive, Newmarket, ON.
Business owners are encouraged to contact the Town's Licensing Division at 905-895-5193 ext. 2221 if they have any questions or concerns.
For more information regarding the Town's business licensing process, or to obtain a business licence application, please visit www.newmarket.ca/licensing.
On March 2, 2020 Council passed the Mobile Business Licence By-law, requiring a new set of businesses to obtain a licence to operate in Newmarket. This licence falls under the wider Business Licence By-law which was previously established and updated on June 29, 2020. Another major update to the by-law includes the requirement for short-term rentals to obtain a business license and follow strict regulations to ensure they can operate cohesively within the community.
Click for recaps on the March 2 and June 29 Council meetings.