The Business Licensing Bylaw regulates the types of businesses that require a licence to operate in Kingston. To obtain a licence, contact the City's licensing department at or 613-546-4291 ext. 3150 or in person at 1211 John Counter Blvd. to ensure you receive the information and application that applies to the specific type of business you are proposing.

Depending on the type of business you want to operate, the licensing process will involve approvals from outside agencies such as those listed in the diagram below.

Most importantly, you will want to start by considering zoning, as the property where your business is to be located must be in compliance with the City's zoning bylaws. Zoning rules apply to ALL businesses, including home businesses. Contact the planning department at 1211 John Counter Blvd. or 613-546-4291, ext. 3180 for more information on zoning.

Business Licensing Process

Licensing Process Flowchart

Before You Start

Contact the following agencies to register for:

Vendor Permit:

  • Call the Ministry of Revenue at 1-866-ONT-TAXS (1-866-668-8297)
  • Register on-line at
  • Register at a ServiceOntario Centre

Harmonized Sales Tax:

Registration Department
Revenue Canada Excise
31 Hyperion Court
Postal Box 2600
Kingston, Ontario, K7L 5P3

Business Name:

Service Ontario
1201 Division Street
Kingston, Ontario  K7K 6X4