Business Licences

On Feb. 1, 2021, St. Catharines City Council passed a motion to waive 2021 business licence fees for the following businesses to support COVID-19 recovery:

  • Amusement arcades
  • Auctioneers
  • Hawker / peddlers (e.g. food trucks)
  • Public halls
  • Refreshment stands
  • Restaurants
  • Theatres

Due to COVID-19 there may be some delays in approving applications for new business licences and business license renewals.

At this time New Business License applications can be placed in the dropbox at the James St. entrance to City Hall or submitted via mail along with a cheque.

Business License Renewals can be placed in the dropbox at the James St. entrance to City Hall or submitted via mail. 

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.

Most business are covered by our general business licence. Types of business not covered by the general business licence are listed individually below:

For definitions of each business licence type, please refer to the chart below.

 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.

Fees

PLEASE NOTE: Some Business Licence fees have been waived for 2021

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

Type of Business

 Definition

 Annual Licence Fee

Amusement Arcade

 "Amusement arcade" means any premises, part thereof, or separate part of a premises, in which are located four or more amusement machines but does not include any premises, part thereof or separate part thereof that is licensed under the Liquor License Act R.S.O. 1990 c. L. 19, as amended.

$0.00 per square feet gross usable floor space

Auctioneer

 "Auctioneer" means any person selling or putting up for sale goods, wares, merchandise or effects by public auction, except a sheriff or bailiff offering for sale goods or chattels seized under a writ of execution or distrained for rent.

$0.00

Bill Poster

 "Bills" means a poster or notice of any description and shall include bulletin boards and sign posters.

"Bill poster" means a person who affixes bills on public property.

"Bill distributor" means a person who delivers unsolicited gratuitous bills to an place or from door to door.

$118.25

 Event Promoter

 "Event Promoter" means the person or an organization promoting an event within the City of St. Catharines that has hawkers and peddlers in attendance. The purpose is to licence the promoter therefore the onus is on the promoter to obtain the proper approvals as outlined in the by-law.

 $0.00

Hawkers & Peddlers (Resident)

 "Hawker and Peddler" means a person who goes from place to place or to a particular place with goods, wares or merchandise for sale, or who carries and exposes samples, patterns or specimens of any goods, wares or merchandise that are to be delivered in the City of St. Catharines afterwards.

$0.00 per location

Use of municipal sidewalk or road allowance - $16.10 per square foot. Minimum fee $537.50

Hawkers & Peddlers (Non-resident)

 "Non-Resident" means any person who is not a resident of the City of St. Catharines.

 "Hawker and Peddler" means a person who goes from place to place or to a particular place with goods, wares or merchandise for sale, or who carries and exposes samples, patterns or specimens of any goods, wares or merchandise that are to be delivered in the City of St. Catharines afterwards.

$0.00 per location

Use of municipal sidewalk or road allowance - $16.10 per square foot. Minimum fee $537.50

Master Plumbers & Plumbing Contractors

 "Master Plumber" shall mean a person who is skilled in the planning, superintending and installing of plumbing, is familiar with the laws, rules and regulations governing the same and who himself, or by Journeyman Plumbers under his supervision, performs plumbing work.

"Plumbing Contractor" shall mean a person engaged in the business of contracting for the making of repairs of plumbing installations, and includes any person who solicits for plumbing work, or who in any way advertises to, or holds himself out to the public as being a Plumbing Contractor; and has a regular lawful place of business in the Province of Ontario

$82.75 (Renewal $59.15)

Public Hall

 "Public Hall" means a building or structure or any part thereof used or offered for use as a place of public assembly for any purpose, but does not include a theatre within the meaning of the Film Classification Act, S.O. 2005, c.17.

$0.00

Public Hall (Non-profit or Charitable)

 "Public Hall" means a building or structure or any part thereof used or offered for use as a place of public assembly for any purpose, but does not include a theatre within the meaning of the Film Classification Act, S.O. 2005, c.17.

$0.00

Refreshment Stand/Restaurant

"Refreshment Stand" means a building or place, or part thereof, containing two or less tables from which food and/or drinks are sold for immediate consumption by the public, whiles seated in the building or place, or taken away for consumption elsewhere. 

"Restaurant" means a building or place, or part thereof, containing three or more tables from which meals are prepared and sold for the immediate consumption of the public generally while they are seated in the building or place.

$0.00

Second level Lodging House

 "Second Level Lodging House" (hereinafter referred to as a "house") means a nursing home and any house or other building or portion thereof:

(i) in which persons are harboured, received or lodged for hire, but does not include a hospital, nursing home, home for the young or aged or institution if it is licensed, approved or supervised under any other general or special act; and,

(ii) which accommodates four or more residents who are over the age of 65, or physically or mentally infirm or who require guidance in the activities of daily living and where 24 hours a day operator or adult supervision is provided within the house to furnish such guidance.

$215.00

Theatre

 "Theatre" means premises licensed pursuant to Film Classification ACt, S.O. 2005, c.17., for the purpose of the exhibition of film, but shall not include an adult entertainment parlour, as defined by this by-law.

"Drive-in theatre" means premises from which film is used to exhibit moving pictures and viewed by the public vehicles.

$0.00 (per screen)

Other Fees

  • Business Licence Refund Fee - $32.25
  • Business Licence Renewal Late Fee - $52.75 (Except Master Plumber & Auctioneers)

 

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