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 business@sarnia.ca.

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@sarnia.ca.

Business License & Fees

Business LicenceNew Application/ Payment
Adult Live Entertainment Parlour *See By-Law
Adult Video Store$377.84
Auctioneer$271.00
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
Refreshment Vehicle – City Parks$515.93
Refreshment Vehicle – Non-Motorized$339.09
Refreshment Vehicle – Other (Private Property)$622.09
Rooming and Boarding House$383.09
Salesperson Resident 
  Yearly$542
  Seasonal – 3 Months$329.50
  Daily – 3 Consecutive Days$170
Salesperson Non-Resident 
  Yearly$1,285.75
  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

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