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Business Licences


A Business Licence is required for certain types of businesses in the City of St. Catharines. All Business Licences are renewable on an annual basis.

The related fees are provided. By-law No. 2005-318 regulates the issuing of business licences.


Business Licences are subject to a number of conditions such as fire inspection, health inspection, and zoning approval. Additional information may be obtained through the Office of the City Clerk regarding application procedures.

Complete the applicable form and submit it to the Office of the City Clerk:

 General Business Information  

The Government of Canada Business Network provides business services for entrepreneurs, including Ontario Retail Tax information.

Do I Have to charge GST / HST?

Canada Customs and Revenue Agency is a federal agency established to administer tax, customs and trade services for the Government of Canada. Inquiries may be made in person at 32 Church St., Main Floor, P.O. Box 3038, St. Catharines, ON, L2R 3B9. Business hours are Monday through Friday 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For GST inquiries, call 1.800.959.1953.

For business inquiries, call 1.800.959.5525.

For general inquiries, call 1.800.959.8281.

For services requiring payment, such as registering or renewing a business name, you may pay online at ServiceOntario.

For information on zoning or other regulations that may affect new businesses, visit the Invest In section of this site.


Businesses that require licencing in the City of St. Catharines.

Type of Business

 Licence Fee

Amusement Arcade

 $0.50 per square feet gross usable floor space



 Bill Poster


Hawkers & Peddlers

City Resident, per year, per location $200 PLUS $15 per location per square feet if sidewalk or road allowance used minimum fee $500

Hawkers & Peddlers

Non-resident, per year, per location $615 PLUS $15 per location per square feet if sidewalk or road allowance used minimum $500

Master Plumbers & Plumbing Contractors

Renewal $55
*must provide a copy of a Certificate of Qualification issued pursuant to the Trades Qualification and Apprenticeship Act R.S.O. along with a letter of employment, if applicable.

 Public Hall


Public Hall (Non-profit     or Charitable)


Refreshment Stand, Booth, Place, Restaurant


Second level Lodging House


Theatre & Drive-In Theatres


Business Licence Refund Fee


Business Licence Renewal Late Fee

Renewal Late Fee (Except Master Plumber & Auctioneers): $50
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