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Kingston is home to a wide variety of businesses. Understanding the types of businesses and where they are located may help you make better business and investment decisions. In order to manage growth, the municipality issues business licences to confirm and ensure lawful operation in the municipality. If required, a business licence helps to regulate taxes, protect consumers and ensure public safety. This tool will help you answer three important questions.

What types of businesses are there and where are they located?

Use the interactive Business Directory map below to learn more about our businesses and gain insights into the land use zones within which they operate. More information on land use regulations can be found here.

Do I need a business licence to conduct my business?

The City of Kingston requires that certain businesses be licensed so their operations can be reviewed by all necessary departments to ensure the health, safety and well-being of the public. The Business Licensing Bylaw regulates the types of businesses that require a licence to operate in Kingston. Depending on the type of business you want to operate, the licensing process will involve approvals from outside agencies.

Click here for more information and resources on Licenses & Registration.

Source: City of Kingston

How do I get a business licence?

To get a business licence and ensure you receive the information and application that applies to the type of business you are proposing, contact the City's licensing department at:

1211 John Counter Blvd
Kingston, ON K7K 6C7
613-546-4291 ext. 3150

The City requires you to make contact ahead of receiving the application. As an important step in the filing of business licence applications, you need to speak directly to an agent prior to obtaining the application

Source: City of Kingston

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