Renewing a Licence?

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

2022 Renewal link: Click Here

Renew Business License Link

Covid-19 Business Licence Extension from Council:
On March 22, 2021 Sarnia City Council approved to support local businesses through the pandemic. Businesses licensed in 2021 will have the expiry extended from December 31, 2021 until December 31, 2022. The business license will remain conditional upon successful completion of application requirements.

For more information view the Minutes from the Council Meeting:
March 22, 2021 – Regular Meeting – Minutes

Business License & Fees

Business LicenseRenewal Application/ Payment
Adult Live Entertainment Parlour *$350
Adult Video Store$165
Body Piercing/Scarring/Tattoo Parlour$135 Payment
Body-Rub Parlour – Owner/Operator *$500  
Body-Rub Parlour – Attendant *$150
Circus or Midway$460
Dog Kennel/Commercial Cattery$150 Payment
Eating Establishment$130 Payment
Master Plumber$60 Payment
Pawn Broker$195
Payday Loan$195 Payment
Pet Shops$135
Public Hall$160 Payment
Refreshment Vehicle – City Parks$360
Refreshment Vehicle – Non-Motorized$250
Refreshment Vehicle – Other (Private Property)$460
Rooming and Boarding House$170
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 Payment
Short-Term Accommodations**
*STA By-Law
$195 Payment

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. Click here to download a PDF of the checklist.

Commercial Cooking Checklist

Late Fees

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

Business Licence Directory

To find out more about why we licence each category please view our Business Licence By-Law. Short-Term Accommodations 940 Cathcart […]

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More Information

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