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Construction Map Public Notices

Business Licences

Overview

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.

Process

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. The nearest ServiceOntario location is 301 St. Paul St., St. Catharines, or call toll free 1.800.268.8758.

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

Fees

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

 Auctioneer

 $50

 Bill Poster

 $50

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

  $77
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

 $155

Non-profit or Charitable

 $116

Refreshment Stand, Booth, Place, Restaurant

 $140

Second level Lodging House

 $200

Theatre & Drive-In Theatres

 $175

Business Licence Refund Fee

 $30

Business Licence Renewal Late Fee

 50% of the licensing fee up to a maximum of $100

 

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