Permits & Inspections

Holiday Closures
October 8, 2015 - 9:59am

Thanksgiving October 12, 2015 - What's Open and What's Closed?

All City of Hamilton administrative offices will be closed on Thanksgiving, Monday, October 12, 2015

For emergencies involving roads, water mains, sewer systems, public health and safety issues, please call 905-546-2489.

Green Cart, Recycling and Garbage Collection

  • There will be no green bin, blue box, bulk waste, yard waste, or garbage pick-up on Monday, October 12.
  • Pick up will be one day later than your regularly scheduled collection day.
  • Waste must be at the curb by 7 am.

To view your collection schedule, visit
Community Recycling Centres and Transfer Stations will be closed on Monday, October 12.

HSR Bus Schedules

  • The HSR will be operating on a Sunday/ Holiday Schedule on Monday, October 12.
  • Call HSR information at 905-527-4441 for more details.


  • DARTS will be operating holiday service hours on Monday, October 12. All subscription trips on DARTS, with the exception of dialysis, are cancelled for Monday, October 12. If passengers need to travel on this day, they must make an advance reservation to do so.
  • ATS customer service will be closed on Monday, October 12.


  • All recreation/ aquatic centres, arenas and seniors centres will be closed on Monday, October 12.

Hamilton Civic Museums

  • Dundurn National Historic Site, Whitehern Historic House & Garden, Battlefield House Museum & Park, Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology, The Hamilton Military Museum, Fieldcote Museum and Griffin House will be closed, Monday, October 12.
  • The Hamilton Children’s Museum reamins temporarily closed for renovations.

For more information about Civic Museums, please visit

Tourism Hamilton Visitor Information Centre

Tourism Hamilton Visitor Information Centre (Lister Building, 28 James St. N.) will be is open from 11 am to 3 pm on Monday, October 12.

Hamilton Farmer’s Market Hours

  • Sunday, October 11 - Closed
  • Monday, October 12 - Closed
  • Tuesday, October 13 - 8 am to 6 pm
  • Wednesday, October 14 - Closed
  • Thursday, October 15 - 8 am to 6 pm
  • Friday, October 16 - 8 am to 6 pm
  • Saturday, October 17 - 7 am to 5 pm

Hamilton Public Library

  • All branches of the Hamilton Public Library will be closed for Thanksgiving on Sunday, October 11 and Monday, October 12.
  • For more information on library hours, please visit:

Public Health Services

For Public Health matters concerning:

  • Reports of suspected reportable diseases and food poisoning, call 905-546-2063
  • Reports of environmental spills, fires or other events that may be a health hazard or safety issue, call 905-546-2489
  • Reports of rabies animal exposures, call 905-546-3500
  • Safe Water Program issues that may be a health hazard, call 905-546-2489 or visit

Ontario Works

  • All Ontario Works offices will be closed on Monday, October 12, and will reopen Tuesday, October 13 at 8:30 am.
  • The Employment Resource Centre located at 181 Main St. W (Career Development Centre) will be closed on Monday, October 12. It will be open to assist you with any employment service needs on Tuesday, October 13 at 8:30 am.

Animal Services

  • The Animal Services Shelter will be closed on Monday, October 12.
  • For 24-hour Animal Services emergency issues, please call: 905-574-3433.

Property Tax Payments

  • During the holiday, you may submit your property tax payment into a drop box at the rear doors of City Hall, 71 Main Street West or at one of our Municipal Service Centres.
  • All Municipal Service Centres will be closed on Monday, October 12, and will reopen on Tuesday, October 13.

The locations are:

  • Ancaster: 300 Wilson Street East (map)
  • Dundas: 60 Main St. (map)
  • Flamborough: 7 Innovation Drive, First floor (map) New - temporary location
  • Glanbrook: 4280 Binbrook Rd. (map)
  • Stoney Creek: 777 Hwy. 8 (map)

Payments may also be made anytime by mail to:

The City of Hamilton
c/o Tax Department
71 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, L8P 4Y5

Parking Violations

Online payments can be made at:

Payment of Parking Violations can be made by mail to the pre-printed address indicated on the parking tag or dropped off into the drop box at the nearest Municipal Service Centre (see addresses above) or Taxation Division (noted above). The Hamilton Municipal Parking System office at 80 Main St. West, at Summers Lane, also accepts payments for parking violations at its drop box.

Traffic Violations

Online payments can be made anytime at:

The Provincial Offences Administration Office at 45 Main St. East, 4th Floor, Suite 408 (John Sopinka) Court House will be closed on Monday, October 12.

Street shot of Hamilton businesses

Service at a Glance


BizPaL is an online service that provides entrepreneurs with information on business permits and licences.Finding out which government requirements apply to a certain business type can be time consuming and frustrating. BizPaL helps you identify what you may need quickly and easily. 

When do I need a building permit?

You will need a building permit if you make any changes to the structure of your building such as:

  • demolishing
  • altering the interior
  • changing or expanding the use of a building
Who's responsible for scheduling a construction inspection?

Building inspectors inspect at key stages of construction that are prescribed in the Ontario Building Code. It is the permit holder's responsibility to arrange for inspections at the required inspection stages. 

What businesses have health requirements?

These businesses require health requirements:

  • Beauty and body art
  • Child care centres
  • Food premises and restaurants
  • Group homes, lodging homes and funeral homes
  • Public places and workplaces
  • Stores that sell tobacco
  • Facilities with cooling towers
  • Businesses that use a small drinking water supply
  • Public swimming pools and hot tubs
Do I need a permit to haul and dispose of sewage?

The City of Hamilton offers a Hauled Sewage Program to ensure that hauled sewage is handled and disposed of in an appropriate and responsible manner in order to protect public health, property and the environment.

As part of this program, there are two types of permits issued to businesses:

  • Annual Carrier Permit
  • Generator Permit