To get a business license and ensure you receive the information and application that applies to the type of business you are proposing, contact the City’s licensing, enforcement or Clerk’s office.

Zoning bylaws – Most importantly, you will want to start by considering zoning, as the property where your business will be located must be in compliance with the City’s zoning bylaw. Zoning rules apply to ALL businesses, including home businesses. See our contact sheet for zoning in Durham Region

Building permits – A building permit may be required for alterations to your property or for a change in use, even if you are not planning any construction. For more information contact Building departments at the various Towns and Cities.