How do I apply for a business licence?

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 LicenseNew Application/ Payment
Adult Live Entertainment Parlour *See By-Law
Adult Video Store$230
Body Piercing/Scarring/Tattoo Parlour$205 Payment
Body-Rub Parlour – Owner/Operator *$500
Body-Rub Parlour – Attendant *$150
Circus or Midway$460
Dog Kennel/Commercial Cattery$400 Payment
Eating Establishment$195 Payment
Master Plumber$100 Payment
Pawn Broker$195
Payday Loan$245 Payment
Pet Shops$205
Public Hall$245 Payment
Refreshment Vehicle – City Parks$360
Refreshment Vehicle – Non-Motorized$250
Refreshment Vehicle – Other (Private Property)$460
Rooming and Boarding House$235
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
$245 Payment

Late Fees

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

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

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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