Apply for a licence

If you are interested in applying for or renewing a licence or if you would like more information about the different types of licences, please follow the links below to download an application form and to view a sample licence. Follow the instructions in the applications regarding what information to provide and how many copies of the information to provide. Also follow the instructions in the application regarding payment of the application fee (which must be sent in at the same time as the application).

If you require an amendment to your licence, please use the following link for more information about applications for licence amendments.

How your licence application is processed 

The Vice President, Industry Operations & Performance and the Manager, Licensing and Performance Reporting have been delegated the powers and duties to decide certain licence-related applications, pursuant to section 6 of the Ontario Energy Board Act, 1998.  Each of them is referred to as a “Delegated Authority”.

Most licence-related applications made to the OEB are decided by a Delegated Authority through an efficient administrative process, without holding a hearing.  These applications are typically decided within 60-90 days from the date of their completeness.  In some instances (for example, where the Delegated Authority intends to modify the relief sought in the application), the applicant will be given an opportunity to provide final comments for the Delegated Authority’s further consideration, prior to the issuance of a Decision and Order.

In the case of some licence-related applications, the Delegated Authority may choose to hold a hearing and invite others to participate in the hearing.  Typically, unless one of the parties can satisfy the Board that an oral hearing is necessary, the hearing will be held in writing.  In such instances where the Delegated Authority chooses to hold a hearing of the application, the OEB will issue a Notice of Application and Hearing, and may issue Procedural Orders, each of which will provide information relating to the application, participation in the hearing, and other procedural steps. 

Finally, in a minority of cases, the OEB’s Management Committee may transfer an application that was initially before a Delegated Authority to a panel of one or more Board members for determination.  These are usually applications that raise significant factual, legal or policy issues; or, in the sake of efficiency, applications that are directly related to other matters currently before a Board panel.

To see timelines associated with licence-related applications decided through a hearing process, visit our Performance Standards for Processing Applications webpage.

Have a Question?

If you have any questions related to this process, you can submit them using our Industry Relations Enquiry form.