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Become legally licensed in the Municipality of West Nipissing, in accordance with legislation.

Dogs and Cats Licenses

Dog and cat owners must register their pets with the Municipality. Each registered animal will receive a tag that allows Animal Control to identify your pet in the event that they are picked up while running at large.

Pet licensing should be reviewed yearly. Any person who owns and operate a kennel should also register yearly, using the Application for Kennel License.

Licensing Fees

$20 Per Dog or Cat
$10 Surcharge if Dog or Cat tag is purchased on or after March 1 of every year
$10 For each Dog or Cat that has been microchipped (must show certificate)
$10 For each Dog or Cat that has been spayed or neutered (must show certificate)
$4 Replacement of lost tag
$50 Private Kennel fee
$50 Pure bred Kennel License fee
$50 Boarding Kennel
$10 Transfer of Kennel License

See the Animal Control by-law for details and number of permitted pet(s) per household.

Lottery License

A lottery has the following components: a prize, a chance to win the prize, and a consideration or fee. Eligible applicants must be licensed to conduct a lottery event. The Municipality of West Nipissing can help you obtain a license for:

  • Bingo events with prize boards up to $5,500
  • Raffles with prizes up to $50,000
  • Break Open Ticket events that are not conducted in conjunction with another licensed gaming event

How to apply for a Lottery License

Lottery License applications must be made at least 7 days prior to the proposed start of the lottery, and at least 4 days prior to ticket sales for raffles or break-open ticket lotteries.

A first-time lottery license application must be completed with the following documents:

  • Lottery License Application Form
  • The Letters of Incorporation, Constitution, By-Laws, Registration with Canada Customs and Revenue Agency as a Charity, programs outlining the organization’s charitable activities. These documents must clearly set forth the charitable objects and purposes of the organization and must include a dissolution clause outlining how funds will be distributed in the event of the organization is dissolved
  • A list of the current Board members, verified by board members (with signatures)
  • A copy of the Charity’s most recent financial statements, verified by signatures of at least 3 board members; or an audited financial statement if the Charity’s financial records are audited
  • A copy of the Charity’s budget for the current year, verified by signatures of at least 3 board members.

License Fees

The following fees apply at the time of issuance of the license:

Raffle Lottery License

Bingo Lottery License

50/50 Lottery License held outside of pooling hall

$10.00 – prize board up to $350.00
Raffle Lottery License

Bazaar Lottery License

Bingo Lottery License

3% – prize board from $351.00 – $5,500.00
50/50 Lottery License 3% of maximum possible value of the prizes
Break Open Ticket Lottery License $24.00 per box of tickets
Marriages and Marriage License

Congratulations on planning to get married!

Marriage Licences are issued by the Municipality by appointment. Please call 705-753-2250 to book yours now. Refer to the following Procedure and Requirements for step-by-step instructions.

Requirements

  • Any person 18 years of age or older may marry in Ontario. Any person who is 16 or 17 years of age may marry with written consent from his/her parents or legal guardians.
  • Marriage Licences can only be issued to the applicant or joint applicant.
  • Both parties must complete and sign the Marriage License Application
  • Each applicant is required to provide two original pieces of identification.
  • The marriage licence fee is $150 (cash, cheque or debit).

Documents and Links

Marriage Licensing By-Law 2015/83
Procedure and Requirements
Notice to Applicants
Requirements Respecting Marriage in Ontario
Marriage License Application (Marriage Act – Form 3)
Request for Marriage Certificate (for marriages which took place in Ontario only)
Assuming or unassuming a married name

Getting Married in Ontario

For people who were divorced outside of Canada, learn how to Authenticate a document for use outside Canada through the Ontario Ministry of Government and Consumer Services

Marriage Ceremonies

The Municipality of West Nipissing offers the service of performing marriage ceremonies, at the Municipal Office or at another venue, as arranged.

Ceremony Fees

Fee Location Time
$225 Municipal Office Between 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
$250 Other than the Municipal Office Between 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
$250 Other than the Municipal Office After 4:30 p.m. or on weekends

 

For any inquiries, please contact:
Melanie Ducharme
Municipal Clerk / Planner
705-753-6926
mducharme@westnipissing.ca

Short Term Rental License

By-law 2024/23 regulates the licensing and governing of short-term rental accommodations for the purpose of protecting long-term housing availability, the health and safety of the persons residing in rental premises and the natural environment in West Nipissing.

Documents and Links

Short Term Rental By-law 2024/23
Short Term Rental License – Application Package

License Applications and Renewals

Every application for a license or renewal shall be completed by an individual being at least 18 years of age. See the Short Term Rental By-law 2024/23 for application requirements and full details.

Fees

Initial Licensing Fee – Class A: $750
Initial Licensing Fee – Class B: $750
Annual Renewal Fee – Class A & B: $250
Inspection Fee: $200
Order Appeal Fee: $250

For any inquiries, please contact:
Melanie Ducharme
Municipal Clerk / Planner
705-753-6926
mducharme@westnipissing.ca

Vehicle for Hire License

By-law 2023/68 is provided for licensing, regulating and governing vehicles for hire, including taxis, accessible taxis, limousines, private vehicles for hire/accessible vehicles for hire, and private transportation company vehicles in the municipality of West Nipissing.

Documents and Links

Vehicle for Hire By-law 2023/68
VFH – Application Form – Owner
VFH – Application Form – Driver

License Applications and Renewals  

Every application for a licence or renewal shall be completed by an individual being at least 18 years of age. See the Vehicles for Hire By-law 2023/68 for application requirements and full details.

Fees 

Broker – Original Licence : $100
Broker – Renewal of Licence: $50
Vehicle for Hire Owner – Original Licence: $100
Vehicle for Hire Owner – Renewal of Licence: $50
Vehicle for Hire Owner – Change of Vehicle During Term of Licence: $50
Vehicle for Hire Owner – Transfer of Licence by Estate (per vehicle): $50
Vehicle for Hire Driver – Original Licence: $100
Vehicle for Hire Driver – Renewal of Licence: $53.27
Replacement of Vehicle for Hire Driver Licence (photo identification card): $15
Resealing of Taximeter During a Licence Year: $50
Private Transportation Company – Original Licence (1 – 10 Vehicles): $1000
Private Transportation Company – Renewal of Licence: $500

1. All fees include harmonized sales tax (HST)

2.The fee for a broker licence does not cover the fee for any vehicle for hire owned by the broker. If a broker is also an owner of vehicles for hire, they must also pay the vehicle for hire owner fee.

3. The fee for a vehicle for hire owner licence does not include the cost of any mechanical fitness inspection ordered by the West Nipissing By-Law Enforcement or otherwise incurred.

4. The fees for an original licence and renewal of licence for an accessible vehicle for hire that is in full compliance with this By-Law shall be waived by the Board, pursuant to section 7.2 of this By-Law.

5. The fee for a vehicle for hire driver licence includes the fee for the photo required for the driver licence.

For any inquiries, please contact:
Melanie Ducharme
Municipal Clerk / Planner
705-753-6926
mducharme@westnipissing.ca

Hawkers and Pedlars, Transient Traders, and Mobile Food License

This license applies to temporary sales businesses such as Hawkers and Pedlars, Transient Traders, and Mobile Food Service Equipment. It applies to companies who sell from a fixed location or on a door to door basis.

Fees

For Hawkers and Pedlars, Transient Trader Class 1, and Mobile food services, the fees are:

  • $250 for three days
  • $500 for the season
  • $1,000 for the year

For the Transient Traders Class 2 (youth/student license) any options involve a fee of $50.

Documents and Links

Application form
2016/40 By-law Hawkers and Pedlars, Transient Traders, and Mobile Food Service

Questions? 

Call 705-753-2250 or email support@westnipissing.ca.

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