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Licencing & Bylaw Enforcement Unit


Niagara Regional Police Service - Report an Incident

68 Church Street
St. Catharines, ON
L2R 3C6
68 Church St. St.Catharines

T. 905-688-4111
Email Niagara Regional Police Service

Our current hours of operation are weekdays 8:30am – noon, 1:15pm to 3:45pm.

In preparation for transitioning our services, the By-Law Enforcement and Licencing Unit will be open for business during the same hours with one EXCEPTION on WEDNESDAY's ONLY. Starting the week of April 1, 2019 until May 31, 2019, our hours of operation will be the following:

Monday 8:30 am – noon, 1:15 pm – 3:45 pm

Tuesday  8:30 am – noon, 1:15 pm – 3:45 pm

Wednesday 8:30 am – noon, CLOSED

Thursday 8:30 am – noon, 1:15 pm – 3:45 pm

Friday 8:30 am – noon, 1:15 pm – 3:45 pm

 We apologize in advance for any inconvenience.  

The provincial Municipal Act gives Ontario municipalities the authority to pass By-Laws that regulate and govern various trades, callings businesses and occupations. Local municipalities have passed that authority to the Region who has requested that the Regional Municipality of Niagara Police Services Board manage that licencing responsibility. The Police Services Board has therefore enacted a licencing By-Law #381-2018. 

The Licencing Unit investigates violations of the bylaw as it pertains to the regulated businesses and illegal taxicab industry.

By-Law #381-2018 is administered and enforced by members of the Niagara Regional Police Service and their Licencing Unit. This By-Law regulates business operators and drivers of various vehicles for hire such as; Taxicabs, Tow Trucks, Limousines, Sightseeing and Shuttle vehicles as well as horse drawn Caleche. In addition this By-Law further regulates Salvage Yards, Scrap Dealers, Auto Wrecking Yards, Second Hand Stores and Second Hand Goods Dealers.

In keeping with a uniform approach to licencing many local municipalities have entered into a contractual arrangement with the Board to have the Licencing Unit of the Police Service administer and enforce portions of their Adult Entertainment By-Law as they pertain to the Adult Entertainment Industry.


The Licencing Unit is located in the main lobby of our Headquarters at 5700 Valley Way in Niagara Falls.

For detailed directions to 5700 Valley Way, Niagara Falls visit our Headquarters page.

Business Hours

Monday - Friday

8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
1:15 PM - 3:45 PM

Contact Information

For further information, you can reach our Unit at:

Phone: 905-688-4111, ext. 5070

Email: Licencing & Bylaw Enforcement Unit

Licencing Forms

To access the Forms of the Licencing & Bylaw Enforcement Unit, visit the Licencing Forms page.