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Business Registration and Licencing

Business Registration - Province of Ontario

If you are ready, you can register your business name and obtain a Master Business Licence (MBL) online through the business registration portal.

For more information regarding business name registrations, please call toll-free 1-800-565-1921 or TTY toll-free 1-800-268-7095. Your Master Business Licence (MBL) will show your registration and expiry dates as well as your Business Identification Number (BIN). Your MBL can be used as one of the proofs of business name registration at financial institutions.

The Government of Ontario has webpage resources to help you navigate the Ontario Business Registry.

Business Registration - Town of Petawawa 

The business registration process is a simple form that potential businesses are required to complete and provide to the Town, under By-Law 650/10, prior to opening their business; "No person shall commence or carry on a business unless they have completed and submitted a Business Registration Form".
The purpose of the registry is to ensure we have communication with the business owner at the outset of the business development process and can verify site location for conformity with the Official Plan and other regulations such as adherence to the Building and Fire Codes.  There are also programs and supports that may be available to businesses that municipal staff are able to share with a business owner.
Contravention of any provision in By-Law 650/10 does constitute an offense and upon conviction is liable to a fine pursuant to the provisions of the Provincial Offenses Act.
There is no fee to register your business with the Town of Petawawa.

Transient Traders Licence - Town of Petawawa

The Council of the Town of Petawawa implemented a Transient Trader licence in order to ensure that out-of-town businesses are registered businesses and had communicated with town staff. In order to ensure this, they enacted a Transient Trader By-Law.  All non-Petawawa businesses that operate in this manner are required to complete the Transient Trader documentation and provide all additional information as requested in the by-law.
This process allows staff to review the business and product to ensure that they are permitted to operate and conduct business in this manner.  It also allows staff the opportunity to make a posting on our website and social channels that advises residents that the business has in fact registered with the Town and will be in the community for a specified length of time.
Any business that fails to undergo this process is in violation and will be reported to the Ontario Provincial Police and/or ticketed by our By-law Enforcement Contractor.
If you wish to obtain a Transient Traders Licence, you may do so through the Clerk's office.