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


Adult Entertainment By-Law
Body Rub By-Law
Business Licensing By-Law
Payday Loan By-Law
Fine Structure
Short-Term Accommodations By-Law
For additional information on the licensing and regulations, please refer to the Business Licensing By-Law or Payday Loan By-Law.

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

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 or (519)332-0330 ext 3320.

The form is available online:

Additional forms required for a liquor licence are available on the AGCO’s website.
Special Occasion Permits (Short term liquor sales) are available at the LCBO, or by contacting AGCO.

All inquiries can be directed to AGCO 1-800-522-2876.

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Patio Extension

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New Business Information

Please visit the webpage New Business.

Business Renewal Information

Please visit the webpage Business Licensing Renewals.

Short-Term Accommodation Information

Please visit the webpage Short-Term Accommodations.

Busking Permits

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 3301.


Click here for more information about business permits, licences and other requirements needed to start, operate and grow your business from the federal, provincial/territorial and participating municipal governments.

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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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