Applications, Licences and Permits


The City of Peterborough oversees many activities such as businesses, lotteries and group homes though licences. We also organize things like Civic Award nominations and road closures through applications.

Common application forms, licences and permits

Business Licences - Business Licensing By-law 14-080

The City of Peterborough licenses businesses in accordance with our Business Licensing By-law 14-080. All applications will be subject to inspections for any building, zoning, health and fire regulations that pertain to the specific type of business. Please note this is not the Provincial registration licence, this is for a municipal licence to operate in the City of Peterborough. You may contact Service Ontario for provincial requirements. Any further questions, please contact the City Clerks Office 705-742-7777 ext.1819.

Please complete the Application for a Business Licence to apply for any of the following business types:

  • Adult Entertainment
  • Auctioneer
  • Auto Centre
  • Bake Shop, Caterer, Restaurant
  • Barber Shop, Esthetics Services, Hairdressing Establishment
  • Body Modification
  • Butcher Shop
  • Dry Cleaner, Laundromat
  • Pet Grooming Parlour
  • Salvage Yard 

The following applications are specific to the business types listed below:

Building Services and Permits

If you're doing any construction or renovations, you will need to check whether you need a building permit before you can start on the project. You can find information and forms on our Building Services and Permits page.

Civic Awards

Each year, Civic Awards are presented to residents of the City of Peterborough who have made a difference in the community through sports, arts, culture and volunteering. Applications are available in January each year and the awards are presented at a public event in June.

Lottery licences 

Please contact the Clerk's Office for information at 705-742-7777 ext. 1819.

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) authorizes the City of Peterborough to issue charitable gaming licences to charitable, not-for-profit organizations that demonstrate an eligible mandate, including:

  • relief of poverty
  • advancement of education
  • advancement of religion
  • other charitable purposes beneficial to the community

Organizations must submit an eligibility package to the City and receive approval prior to applying for a charitable gaming licence.

To apply for eligibility, please complete the Charitable Questionnaire and submit with all required documents to The City Clerks Office. Please allow 4-6 weeks for processing.

If you have questions please call 705-742-7777 extension 1819 or email Kelly Russelle

The City of Peterborough issues the following types of charitable gaming Licences:




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Marriage Licences
To apply for a marriage licence, visit our Marriage Licences and Ceremonies page.

Group homes

Group homes are licensed by the City of Peterborough. Please contact the City's Licensing Clerk for information about the Group Home application and licensing process.

Freedom of information request and request for correction to personal information

Please contact the Clerk's Office at 705-742-7777 ext. 1820 for information

You can make a request for information held by the City of Peterborough by completing Freedom of Information Request Form.

If you think that personal information the City of Peterborough has about you is wrong or some information is missing, you can request a correction by filling out the Access/Correction Request form, and submitting it with the $5.00 application fee to the City Clerk's Office.

Oversize Load Permit Application

To apply for a permit, complete the online Oversize Load Permit Application. If you have additional questions, please email Sadie Norrad at

Road closure, Special Event application forms & Filming

The festivals, concerts and other special events in Peterborough help make our community vibrant. If you are planning an event, please use our Special Events Planning Guide and Application, which will help you with all the required documentation including road closures. Other Road Closures for construction require our Temporary Road Occupancy Application.

If you are filming in Peterborough, please complete our Special Events Planning Guide and Application and refer to our Guide to Filming in Peterborough. Interested parties can also contact the City Clerk's Office for more details.

Tree Notice By-law - Application to remove a tree on private property

City Council approved a Tree Removal By-law on May 25, 2021. This By-law will replace the current Notification Bylaw (19-042) regarding the destruction of trees on private property. 

After Sunday, June 4, 2021 the Tree Removal Notification application form is no longer available.

Tree removals that have been reported to the City may proceed under the Notification By-law 19-042 on or before Thursday, July 8 provided the 72-hour notification period has elapsed.

On Friday, July 9, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., the new Tree Removal By-law will come into effect. As of that date, a permit must be issued to remove any trees on private property that measure 7.5 cm in diameter or greater measured at breast height. A new tree removal application form will be available starting Friday, July 9. A fee will be applied to permits to remove healthy trees with a diameter of 15 cm or greater measured at breast height. 

It is recommended that you consult with a Licensed Tree Service Provider before submitting an application.