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About Business Licencing

How do I apply?

  • Business Licenses are issued by the Customer Service Department, 1st Floor, City Hall
  • If you are applying for a new, or renewing a Business Licence, please email a request to customerservice@sarnia.ca.
  • Prior to making application, please contact the Planning Department at 519-332-0330 Ext. 3344 or visit their office at City Hall, 3rd Floor, to ensure that your proposed business complies with the City of Sarnia Zoning By-Law Regulations.

 

New

  • All new Business Licence Applications require the signature of the City of Sarnia Planning and Building Departments, Sarnia Fire Services, and the County of Lambton Community Health Services Department.

  • Sarnia Fire Services is required to inspect your premises prior to obtaining your City of Sarnia Business Licence.  Please contact a Fire Inspector at 519-332-0330 Ext. 4304.  

  • The County of Lambton Community Health Services Department may be required to inspect your premises prior to obtaining your licence.  Please contact them at 519-383-8331.

  • Upon receipt of all necessary approvals, the Business Licence will be issued to you.

 

Renewal

  • Please refer to the relevant Business Licence to determine the signature requirements necessary for the following, City of Sarnia Planning and Building Departments, Sarnia Fire Services, and the County of Lambton Community Health Services Department.

  • Upon receipt of all necessary approvals, the Business Licence will be issued to you.

Business Licence

New Application

Renewal

Transfer

 

Business Licence Categories and Fees

Adult Live Entertainment Parlour *   $305  
Adult Video Store $230 $165 $25
Auctioneer $255 $185 $25
Bed and Breakfast $155 $110 $25
Body Piercing/Scarring/Tattoo Parlour $205 $135 $25
Body-Rub Parlour - Owner/Operator * $500    
Body-Rub Parlour - Attendant * $150    
Circus or Midway $460    
Dog Kennel/Commercial Cattery $400 $150 $25
Eating Establishment $195 $130 $25
Master Plumber $97 $57  
Pawn Broker $195   $25
Pet Shops $205 $135 $25
Public Hall $225 $160 $25
Refreshment Vehicle - City Parks $360    
Refreshment Vehicle - Non-Motorized $250    
Refreshment Vehicle - Other (Private Property) $460    
Rooming and Boarding House $235 $170 $25
Salesperson Resident      
  Yearly $510    
  Seasonal - 3 Months $310    
  Daily - 3 Consecutive Days $160    
Salesperson Non-Resident      
  Yearly $1,210    
  Seasonal - 2 Months $550    
  Seasonal - 3 Months $810    
  Daily - 3 Consecutive Days $510    

* To request a copy of the Adult Live Entertainment Parlour or Body-Rub Parlour Applications please contact the Customer Service Department at 519-332-0330 Ext. 3350 or email customerservice@sarnia.ca.  For additional information on the licencing and regulations for a Body-Rub Parlour, please refer to the Body-Rub Parlour By-Law or contact Customer Service at 519-332-0330 Ext. 3350 or email customerservice@sarnia.ca.

 

How can I pay?

  • Cash, cheque, credit card, and debit are accepted.

 

Late Fees

  • Renewals received after March 31st - $35.00
  • Renewals received after July 1st - $100.00

 

Link to Renew an Eating Establishment Licence

 

Still have questions?

For additional information on the licencing and regulations of the above noted business, please refer to the Business Licencing By-Law or contact Customer Service at 519-332-0330 Ext. 3350 or e-mail customerservice@sarnia.ca.

This page was reviewed or revised on Monday, April 8, 2019 1:20 PM

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