Check of 684 Potential Unlicensed Businesses Finds Only 27 Requiring Licenses

A year after an internal audit review found 684 potentially unlicensed businesses, it turns out there was only 27 not licensed according to bylaws. The City’s internal audit review office stated the City was potentially losing upwards of $130,000 per year, and City Council passed putting a full-time staff member onto
Of the 684, 277 obtained licenses after the snapshot data used from May 2013. Most of these businesses were listed as unlicensed because they were in the process of obtaining licenses. Contact with Public Health and Fire is common as part of the licensing process – creating the impression for internal audit these businesses were operating without licenses. 152 were businesses not requiring license, 191 are no longer operating, 27 were known to staff who and are in the courts for enforcement, and there were 4 duplicate address.

Wrap-up: Hamilton Planning Committee for December 9, 2014

The first Planning Committee of this term of Council saw Partridge named chair, Councillor table a controversial secondary use banquet centre in rural Flamborough, debate student housing parking on Main West, and the General Manager of Economic Development and Planning announce changes to his department.
Councillors deferred a decision on a sign variance at the request of the applicant, and referred a special joint bylaw and police noise enforcement proposal to the 2015 Budget debates.