“Providing protection to businesses and residents alike”

Following a comprehensive review of Norfolk County’s Harmonized Business Licensing By-Law, we are able to present our new Business Licensing By-Law 2020-17, which received full Council approval on April 7, 2020.

Three key improvements to the County’s Business Licensing program include:

  • Simplified fees for all businesses;
  • Removal of barriers where possible; and,
  • Clear and rational regulations where needed.

Click here to view the new Business Licensing By-law.

If you have any questions or need help, contact the Licensing Officer at 519-426-5870 ext. 1357, or the Deputy County Clerk at 519-426-5870 ext. 1237. We are happy to help you with the application process.


The fundamental principles for business licensing are to protect the community against infractions related to:

  • Nuisance control
  • Public health and safety
  • Consumer protection

By-Law 2020-17 outlines the regulations that must be met when you apply for a business licence. Click on the schedules below for more information on the areas in which Norfolk County requires businesses to be licensed.

Application Process and Licensing Fees




County Administration Building
50 Colborne Street South
Simcoe, ON N3Y 4H3
Phone: 519-426-5870

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*NOTE: Council Services Staff will be amending the application over the next few months to create a user-friendly and accessible fillable application form – details to come.

Processing times for licences are between 2-3 weeks to allow for circulation and approval from appropriate departments and agencies.

*NOTE: Staff are exploring options for multi-year business licensing – details to come.

Licensed Businesses in Norfolk County


In progress.

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