How do I apply for a business licence?

Prior to submitting a New Application contact planning@sarnia.ca 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 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
**Food Truck – City Parks
Please contact purchasing@sarnia.ca
for agreement information.
$382.50
**Food Truck – Non-Motorized$265.75
**Food Truck – Other (Private Property)$488.75
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


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

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