IMPORTANT

If your business does not require a municipal business licence, adherence to the zoning by-law is still required. For more information, please contact planning@sarnia.ca

Home Occupation Business

Anyone looking to run a home occupation in a residential area should first view the zoning regulations and consult with City staff . For more information, please visit the Home Based Occupation page or contact planning@sarnia.ca

Home-Based Food Business During COVID-19 Pandemic

How do I apply for a business licence?

  • Download and complete the relevant Business Licence Application Form found below
  • Drop off or email completed form to business@sarnia.ca
  • Mail the completed form, along with all required documentation to

    City of Sarnia
    Attn:Business Licensing
    255 Christina St N
    Sarnia, ON N7T 7N7
  • For more details on business licensing call us at 519-332-0330 Ext 3350 or email business@sarnia.ca  

Renewing a Licence?

You can renew your licence online by clicking on the link below

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Fire Inspections

Fire Inspection Fee of $118.65* if applicable

Proof of compliance with the Fire Code, as determined by the Sarnia Fire Chief, is required to be on file within the previous twelve (12) months as per By-law#128 of 2017. Sarnia Fire will be in contact with you to complete an inspection during the year. To ensure your establishment is ready for your inspection, please review the following checklist

Business License & Fees

Business LicenseNew ApplicationRenewal
Adult Live Entertainment Parlour * $350
Adult Video Store$230$165
Auctioneer$255$185
Body Piercing/Scarring/Tattoo Parlour$205
New
$135
Renewal
Body-Rub Parlour – Owner/Operator *$500 
Body-Rub Parlour – Attendant *$150 
Circus or Midway$460 
Dog Kennel/Commercial Cattery$400
New
$150
Renewal
Eating Establishment$195
New
$130
Renewal
Master Plumber$100
New
$60
Renewal
Pawn Broker$195 
Payday Loan$245
New

$195
Renewal
Pet Shops$205$135
Public Hall$225
New
$160
Renewal
Refreshment Vehicle – City Parks$360 
Refreshment Vehicle – Non-Motorized$250 
Refreshment Vehicle – Other (Private Property)$460 
Rooming and Boarding House$235
New
$170
Renewal
Salesperson Resident  
  Yearly$510
New / Renewal
 
  Seasonal – 3 Months$310
New / Renewal
 
  Daily – 3 Consecutive Days$160
New / Renewal
 
Salesperson Non-Resident  
  Yearly$1,210
New / Renewal
 
  Seasonal – 2 Months$550
New / Renewal
 
  Seasonal – 3 Months$810
New / Renewal
 
  Daily – 3 Consecutive Days$510
New / Renewal
 
Salvage Yard/Second Hand Shop$200
New / Renewal
Short-Term Accommodations$245
New
$195
Renewal
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Late Fees

After March 31st$35.00
After July 1st$100.00

Fine Structure

* 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 Extension 3350 or email business@sarnia.ca.  For additional information on the licensing and regulations for a Body-Rub Parlour, please refer to the Body-Rub Parlour By-Law or contact Customer Service at 519-332-0330 Extension 3350 or email business@sarnia.ca

**Busking permits are required for any individual who wishes to perform along the waterfront (Centennial to Seaway Park) from April through October of each year. For additional information please contact the Parks and Recreation Department 519-332-0330 Extension 3209.


Still have questions?

For additional information on the licensing and regulations, please refer to the Business Licensing By-Law or Payday Loan By-Law. You may also contact Customer Service at 519-332-0330 Extension 3350 or e-mail business@sarnia.ca

Adult Entertainment By-Law
Body Rub By-Law
Business Licensing By-Law
Payday Loan By-Law
Fine Structure

Municipal Liquor Permit

A liquor sales licence may be issued to allow the sale and service of alcohol to the public. For more information and how to apply, please contact the Clerk’s department at clerks@sarnia.ca or (519)332-0330 ext 3320

Liquor sales licensees may extend their patios for the duration of 2020 once permitted to open, as per the AGCO Information Bulletin June 8th, 2020

Patio Spaces

Important Update for 2021: In an effort to support businesses as they work to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, the AGCO is authorizing eligible “By the Glass” licensees to temporarily extend or add a temporary physical extension of their licensed premises, until January 1, 2022 at 3:00 a.m.

More Information can be found through the following link: https://www.agco.ca/alcohol/changes-or-additions-existing-licensed-areas

Looking to add an outdoor space to your business? More information here: https://www.sarnia.ca/covid-19-response-framework/looking-to-add-an-outdoor-space-your-business/

See the Bulletin Here

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