Business Licences

For more information on business licences please visit

Lottery Licences

The types of lotteries licensed by the Town include bazaars, break open tickets, and raffles. Further information such as application forms, reports, and terms and conditions can be found below under each licence type heading.

Please note that an appointment may be required with the Office of the Town Clerk prior to submission of an eligibility review and/or an application for a lottery licence. Any questions or requests to book appointments may be sent by email to

Are you Eligible for a Charitable Gaming Licence? (Step 1)

Religious, charitable, and non-profit organizations may be licensed to conduct lotteries in the Town of Whitby. However, individuals and some charitable organizations are not eligible to conduct lottery events.

If you are not currently licensed by the Town or have not been licensed by the Town in the past two years to conduct a lottery, then you need to apply for eligibility. To determine eligibility, please complete and submit the Town's Lottery Licensing Eligibility Application Form.

Already Eligible? How to Apply for a Lottery Licence (Step 2)

Once your organization is eligible to be licensed by the Town you may apply for a lottery licence. For more detailed instructions on the lottery licensing process you may access the Town's Lottery Licensing Guidelines.


For more information including applications, reports, and terms and conditions please visit the AGCO's lottery and gaming webpage for bazaars.

Break Open Tickets

For more information including applications, reports, and terms and conditions please visit the AGCO's lottery and gaming webpage for break open tickets.


For more information including applications, reports, and terms and conditions please visit the AGCO's lottery and gaming webpage for raffles.

Marriage Licences

Marriage licences are being issued by appointment only. To schedule an appointment please contact the Office of the Town Clerk at 905-430-4315 or visit to schedule an appointment online. 

Please note that the Province of Ontario has extended the expiry date for marriage licence issued from December 1, 2019, until the end of the declaration of emergency due to COVID-19 is announced. These licences are still valid and can be used for up to two years after the end of the declaration of emergency. 

Couples wishing to be married in Ontario must complete an application form signed by both individuals getting married. The application along with the appropriate identification and other supporting documents must be submitted in person by one or both parties at Whitby Town Hall, 575 Rossland Rd. E., Whitby, ON. You are requested to wait while the licence is being processed.

In an effort to improve our customer service and efficiency in processing your marriage licence you may now complete your marriage licence application online prior to attending Town Hall. Once your application has been submitted you will receive an email notification with a verification code. Please print the PDF of the licence attached to the confirmation email and ensure both parties sign and date the printed application. You must bring the printed, signed application, verification code, and the appropriate identification for both parties to Whitby Town Hall for processing.

Alternatively, if you're not able to apply using the online submission form, you may attend Whitby Town Hall and complete the marriage licence application in person.

Marriage Licence Fee - $135.00 (cash or debit only)

Please visit the Civil Marriage Ceremonies page for more information on civil ceremonies held at the Town of Whitby.

Identification Requirements

To issue a marriage licence, we require two forms of original identification for both parties. The primary piece of identification must be either a valid passport or birth certificate. The secondary piece of identification may be one of the following:

  • Valid Driver's Licence
  • Canadian Citizenship
  • Record of Immigration Landing
  • Valid Passport (if this was not used as the primary piece)
  • Original Birth Certificate (if this was not used as the primary piece)

Note: If the primary piece of identification provided is a birth certificate the second piece of identification must contain a photo.

Canadian Divorce

If a previous marriage was dissolved or annulled within Canada, the original or court certified copy of the Decree Absolute or Certificate of Divorce must be submitted with the marriage licence application. A divorce judgment is not acceptable. Certified copies may be obtained from the Court that originally granted the divorce.

Foreign Divorce

If a previous marriage was dissolved or annulled outside Canada, authorization from the Minister of Government Services must be obtained before a marriage licence may be issued. Information and documentation can be obtained from the Office of the Town Clerk.

Expiry Date

A marriage licence is valid for use anywhere in Ontario for a period of 90 days from the date of issue.

Obtaining your Marriage Certificate after the Ceremony

Marriage Licence Issuing Hours

  • Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (excluding statutory holidays)