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How do I apply?

  • Business Licenses are issued by the Customer Service Department, 1st Floor, City Hall
  • If you are applying for a Business Licence, please download and complete the relevant Business Licence Application Form
  • Prior to making application, please contact the Planning Department at 519-332-0330 Ext. 3344 or visit their office at City Hall, 3rd Floor, to ensure that your proposed business complies with the City of Sarnia Zoning By-Law Regulations.

New Licences

  • All new Business Licence Applications require the signature of the City of Sarnia Planning and Building Departments, Sarnia Fire Services, and the County of Lambton Community Health Services Department.
  • Prior to making application, please contact the Building and/or Planning Department at 519-332-0330 extension 3344 or visit their office at City Hall, 3rd Floor, to ensure that your proposed business complies with the City of Sarnia Zoning By-Law Regulations.
  • Sarnia Fire Services is required to inspect your premises prior to obtaining your City of Sarnia Business Licence.  Please contact a Fire Inspector at 519-332-0330 Ext. 4304.  
  • The County of Lambton Community Health Services Department may be required to inspect your premises prior to obtaining your licence.  Please contact them at 519-383-8331.
  • Upon receipt of all necessary approvals, the Business Licence will be issued to you.

Renewal Licences

  • Please refer to the relevant Business Licence to determine the signature requirements necessary for the City of Sarnia Planning and Building Departments, Sarnia Fire Services, and the County of Lambton Community Health Services Department.
  • Upon receipt of all necessary approvals, the Business Licence will be issued to you.

How can I pay?

Cash, cheque, credit card, and debit are accepted.

2019 Fire Inspection Fee of $115.83* if applicable
*Fire Inspection Fee payable if compliant with the Fire Code, within the last 12 months of the date of the application for renewal, as per Sarnia Fire Chief. By-Law #128 of 2017.


Late Fees

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

Business Licence Categories and Fees

Business LicenceNew RenewalApplications
Adult Live Entertainment Parlour *$305Please Contact
Adult Video Store$230$165NEW
RENEWAL
Auctioneer$255$185NEW /
RENEWAL
Bed and Breakfast$155$110NEW
RENEWAL
Body Piercing/Scarring/Tattoo Parlour$205$135NEW
RENEWAL
Body-Rub Parlour – Owner/Operator *$500Please Contact
Body-Rub Parlour – Attendant *$150Please Contact
Busker**FreeFree
Circus or Midway$460NEW
Dog Kennel/Commercial Cattery$400$150NEW
RENEWAL
Eating Establishment$195$130NEW
RENEWAL
Master Plumber$100$60NEW / RENEWAL
Pawn Broker$195NEW
Pet Shops$205$135
Public Hall$225$160NEW
RENEWAL
Refreshment Vehicle
– City Parks $360NEW
RENEWAL
– Non-Motorized$250NEW
RENEWAL
– Other (Private Property)$460NEW
RENEWAL
Rooming and Boarding House
– 3-6 Rooms$195 $130 NEW
RENEWAL
– 7 or More Rooms$235$170NEW
RENEWAL
Salesperson (Resident)
– Yearly$510NEW
– Seasonal – 3 Months$310NEW
– Daily – 3 Consecutive Days$160NEW
Salesperson (Non-Resident)
– Yearly$1,210NEW
– Seasonal – 2 Months$550NEW
– Seasonal – 3 Months$810NEW
– Daily – 3 Consecutive Days$510NEW
Link to Renew an Eating Establishment Licence

* To request a copy of the Adult Live Entertainment Parlour or Body-Rub Parlour Applications please contact the Customer Service Department at 519-332-0330 Extension 3350 or email customerservice@sarnia.ca.  For additional information on the licencing and regulations for a Body-Rub Parlour, please refer to the Body-Rub Parlour By-Law or contact Customer Service at 519-332-0330 Extension 3350 or email customerservice@sarnia.ca.

**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 3209.


Still have questions?

For additional information on the licencing and regulations, please refer to the Business Licencing By-Law or contact Customer Service at 519-332-0330 Extension 3350 or e-mail customerservice@sarnia.ca.