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Welcome to Essa Township

Township of Essa Administration Centre

5786 County Road 21 | Utopia, ON L0M 1T0

Phone: 705-424-9917 Fax: 705-424-2367

Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

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​Doing Business in the Township of Essa


BizPaL is a central, online service that allows business owners and entrepreneurs to find all of the potential permits and licensing information needed to either start or grow their local business.  After answering a few simple questions about what activities you would like to do to start your business, BizPaL will generate a list of municipal, provincial and federal permits/licenses that you are required to obtain.

Visit our BizPaL page to get started.

Do I need to Apply for a Business License with the Township of Essa? 

Yes.  Always contact the Township of Essa before starting up your business.  The Township of Essa does have a Business Licensing By-law (2011-20) which requires the following business categories to obtain a license with the Township of Essa:

General Business License Application  - Every business must hand in this application form.

Kennel and Breeding Business Application Form

Exotic Animal Business License Application

Adult Entertainment Business Application Form

Campground Business Application Form

Catering Truck Business License Application - only for Construction Industry

Taxi Cab Application Form. - Taxi Driver Application Form

Salvage Yard Business License Application Form

Recreation Facility and Public Amusement Business Application Form (Indoor and Outdoor Entertainment, Play Place, or Tournament, Petting Zoo, Paintball Facility, Archery/Shooting Range, Bingo Hall, Driving Range, Flea Market or Trade Show, Travelling Midway, Go-Kart Facility, Golf Course, Motor Vehicle Racing, Private Arena or Recreational Facility)

Tow Truck Application - Tow Truck Driver Application

If your business does not fall within the categories listed above that are covered in the Township's Business Licensing By-Law, it is required that you consult with the Planning and Development Department to confirm that the property being used for the business is zoned properly for that purpose.

If you are unsure of your requirements, please read over the Business Licensing By-law 2011-20