Restaurant or retail food business licensing

Restaurants and retail food businesses must have an eatery licence to operate in Mississauga. Restaurants sell food to be eaten on-site, like cafés, bars and pubs. Retail food businesses sell food that’s normally consumed off-site. Examples include takeout restaurants, butcher shops and bakeries.

Licence requirements

You must be 18 years of age or older to apply. You also must provide the following documents and approvals:

  • Business name registration, articles of incorporation or corporate profile report
  • Government-issued identification card, driver’s licence or Canadian passport
  • Zoning Certificate of Occupancy or building permit
  • Health clearance from the Region of Peel
  • Letter of authorization signed by the director, owner or business partner

You may also need a minor variance to operate your business.

Licence fees

A new licence costs $212.71.

A licence renewal costs $207.41.

No HST is charged on business licence fees.

How to apply

Renew or apply for an eatery licence online, in person or by mail.

Apply online

If you are applying for a new licence, you can apply online by choosing the link that is associated with how your business is registered:

To renew your licence, update your information or check your application status online, log in to your account and manage your licence.

Apply in person

You can schedule an appointment to apply or renew your licence in person using our online reservation system.

  1. Complete the Business Licence Application and gather the required documents and approvals.
  2. Book an appointment to visit the Compliance and Licensing Enforcement office, located on the ground floor at 3235 Mavis Road.
  3. Bring your application and supporting documents to your appointment.
  4. Pay the licence fees.

Licences may not be issued on the same day, if additional items are required.

Apply by mail

New applications and renewals require a completed Business Licence Application. Mail your application, the supporting documents and a cheque payable to the City of Mississauga in the amount of the licence fee to:

Compliance and Licensing Enforcement
3235 Mavis Road, ground floor
Mississauga, ON L5C 1T7

Contact us

If you have any questions about licensing your business, call 311 (905-615-4311 outside City limits) or email