FAQ for Business Licensing
As the COVID-19 situation in Hamilton continues to evolve, these FAQ will be regularly updated as circumstances change to provide residents and business owners with current information.
City of Hamilton COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
(Updated April 19, 2022)
Are licensing services still available?
Business Licensing, Trades and Taxi services along with Lottery Licensing, Liquor Licensing and Sign Permits are available Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm by phone or email.
Licensing counters are also open at 330 Wentworth St N. for in-person visit on Monday and Wednesday each week from 8:30am to 4:30pm. This is in addition to the phone and email hours.
How do I apply for a new business licence?
To apply for a licence, schedule a trade exam or for general licensing inquiries, please contact by email at:
Do I require a licence to operate? What type of licence do I need?
The Business Reference Guide (PDF, 1 MB) also provides a checklist by licence type along with the applicable fee.
Who do I contact if I have a licensing question?
General inquiries can be sent by email to: [email protected]
If you’d like to speak with a Licensing Administrator, please call 905-546-2782 Option 3
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