How do I apply for a business licence?

Prior to submitting a New Application contact regarding compliance with the Zoning By-law. 

Online: Download and complete the relevant Business Licence Application Form found in the chart below.

In person: Drop off or email completed form to

By mail: Mail the completed form, along with all required documentation and payment 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 License & Fees

Business LicenceNew Application/ Payment
Adult Live Entertainment Parlour *See By-Law
Adult Video Store$377.84
Body Piercing/Scarring/Tattoo Parlour$351.09 Online Application & Payment
Body-Rub Parlour – Owner/Operator *$664.59
Body-Rub Parlour – Attendant *$159.50
Circus or Midway$622.09
Dog Kennel/Commercial Cattery$585.43 Online Application & Payment
Eating Establishment$340.59 Online Application & Payment
Master Plumber$106.25 Online Application & Payment
Pawn Broker$207.25
Payday Loan$393.59 Online Application & Payment
Pet Shops$330.43
Public Hall$372.34 Online Application & Payment
**Food Truck – City Parks
Please contact
for agreement information.
**Food Truck – Non-Motorized$265.75
**Food Truck – Other (Private Property)$488.75
Rooming and Boarding House$383.09
Salesperson Resident 
  Seasonal – 3 Months$329.50
  Daily – 3 Consecutive Days$170
Salesperson Non-Resident 
  Seasonal – 2 Months$584.50
  Seasonal – 3 Months$860.75
  Daily – 3 Consecutive Days$542.00
Salvage Yard/Second Hand Shop$345.84 Online Application & Payment
Short-Term Accommodations**
*STA Information
$298.09 Online Application & Payment
Vehicle for Hire (Taxi): Owner’s Licence
*Taxi By-Law 
$159.50 Application Form
Vehicle for Hire (Taxi): Driver’s Licence
*Taxi By-Law 
$32.00 Application Form

** The Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) regulates Mobile Food Service Equipment (MFSE).
Learn more: Mobile Food Service Equipment (
Visit the TSSA website for information regarding Ontario Regulation 211/01 Propane Storage and Handling: Propane Risk Safety Management Plans (RSMPs) (

Fire Inspections

Proof of compliance with the Fire Code, as determined by the Sarnia Fire Chief, is required for all new Business Licence Applications as per By-law#128 of 2017. 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