Starting a new business takes motivation, dedication and talent as well as research and planning. Town of The Blue Mountains recognizes that small businesses are significant drivers of the local economy and there are a number of local services and programs that are focused on working with new businesses to help them succeed.
You can register or renew your business, search for business names, or obtain a Master Business Licence online, at a self-service kiosk at a Service Ontario location or by mail. When searching for the Town location, enter “The Blue Mountains” or “Blue Mountains” which is what the federal government calls our Town.
Before paying for a formal business name, search to make sure your name is available. You may wish to search online (i.e. Google or Bing) for some of the names you are considering. Once you have narrowed down business names that appear to be free, you can then do a formal paid search ($8/search) before you register.
There is only one location where you can drop off hard-copy forms for a sole-proprietorship/partnership or corporation.
The Town does not require you to obtain a municipal business permit or licence.
Certain business types (e.g. restaurant, daycare) do require additional permits and licenses. BizPaL is a free, interactive tool that identifies the permits, licenses and inspections that your business may require from the provincial and federal government.
There are also municipal by-laws that govern new businesses in our Town and it is highly recommended you to meet with the Building Department or Planning and Development Services before you begin if you are planning to:
These departments can also help you determine any fees that may be required and discuss timelines for any building, development, or renovation work approvals that might be required, which you can then include in your business plan up front.
Visit Town Hall at 32 Mill Street, Thornbury, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. from Monday to Friday to meet with someone who can assist you.
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Under the law, you are required to notify the Grey Bruce Health Unit of your intent to operate a food premises [Health Protection and Promotion Act, S. 16 (2) and Ontario Regulation 493/17, S].
Contact a Public Health Inspector at 519-376-9420 or 1800-263-3456 and press option 4 or email email@example.com
Under the law, you are required to notify the Health Unit of your intention to operate a Personal Service Settings (PSS) at least 14 days before commencing the operation, providing new services, and reconstruction or renovation. You must include your name, contact information, location, and a list of services that will be provided at the PSS in the notice [Ontario Regulation 136/18: Personal Service Settings, section. 3].
PSS operators can notify the Health Unit electronically online here or by phone at 519-376-9420 ext. 6 to speak with a Public Health Inspector.
Personal Service Settings are premises at which personal services are offered where there is a risk of exposure to blood or body fluids and includes, but are not limited to:
For additional information and resources, including Infection Prevention and Control recommendations, please click here.
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