The City of Port Colborne requires municipal business licenses for the following businesses:

Garages

All garages in the City of Port Colborne must be licensed annually in accordance with By-Law No. 4322/158/02. If you own any of the following, you must apply for a Garage Business Licence from the City of Port Colborne.

  • Motor vehicle repair shop, including a building or place where motor vehicles may be oiled, greased or washed, have their ignition adjusted, tires inflated or batteries charged, or where only minor or running repairs essential to the actual operation of motor vehicles are executed or performed
  • Parking station, parking lot/building, or place where motor vehicles are hired or kept or used for hire
  • Place where vehicles are stored or kept for sale
  • Used/unfit motor vehicles on property (Bylaw Section 22 re: Uncertified vehicles; parts)
  • Motor vehicle inspection station (MVIS)

Please Note: A garage licence is not required for businesses that only sell gasoline.

Online Application Form Now Available

To submit your business licence application, complete our online form at https://forms.portcolborne.ca/Legislative-Services/Business-Licence-Garage or scan the QR Code.

 

Hawkers and Peddlers (including food trucks and vending carts)

All Hawkers and Peddlers in the City of Port Colborne must be licensed annually in accordance with By-Law No. 4324/160/02.

If you are Hawker or Peddler, or intend to run a refreshment vehicle, chip stand, vending cart or food truck in the City of Port Colborne, you must apply for a business licence.

Please submit your application and payment to City Hall. 

Hawker or Peddlers /Refreshment Vehicle Licence Application

Hawker Peddlers Application Checklist

Sample Site Plan 

Inspections

Once you have submitted your application, you must arrange the following inspections with:

Port Colborne Fire Department: 

Niagara Region Public Health Department:

  • By Phone: 905-688-8248 ext. 7590 or
  • Email: inspect@niagararegion.ca

Kennels

Kennels housing 3 or more dogs in the City of Port Colborne must be licensed annually in accordance with By-Law No. 4930/155/06

Please submit your application and payment to City Hall. 

  • New Kennel Licence Application
  • Kennel Licence Renewal Application

Once your application has been submitted, the SPCA will contact you to schedule an inspection.

Lodging Houses

All Lodging Houses in City of Port Colborne must be licensed annually in accordance with By-Law No. 4323/159/02.

Please submit your application and payment to City Hall.

Inspections

Once you have submitted your application, you must arrange the following inspections with:

Port Colborne Fire Department: 

Niagara Region Public Health Department:

  • By Phone: 905-688-8248 ext. 7590 or
  • Email: inspect@niagararegion.ca 

Trailer Camps

All trailer camps in the City of Port Colborne must be licensed annually in accordance with By-Law No. 4321/157/02.

Please submit your application and payment to City Hall. 

Trailer Camp Licence Application  

Note: The City's business licensing by-laws are currently under review. The City will continue to licence businesses according to the existing by-laws.

The Niagara Region licenses various types of businesses. Visit Niagara Region Business Licensing for more information.

Sign permits

Are you thinking of installing a new sign for your business? If so, visit our sign permit page for more information.

Building permits

Do you require a building permit? If so, visit our building permit page for more information.

Starting a Business?

Starting a home business

If you are inquiring about a home business, please call our Planning Department for more information. 

Steps to starting a business

Please visit the City's Starting a Business page for a guide to business regulations, licences and other considerations

Small Business Enterprise Centre Business Contacts


Contacts

 

 

Municipal Business Licences

City Of Port Colborne

Clerks Department, City Hall

 

905-835-2900 x121

Zoning/Planning Information

City of Port Colborne

Planning Department, City Hall

905-835-2900 x205

Building Permits

City of Port Colborne

Building Department, City Hall

905-835-2900 x129

Fire Department

City of Port Colborne

Port Colborne Fire & Emergency Services, 3 Killaly Street W

905-834-4512

Property Taxes

City of Port Colborne

Finance Department, City Hall

905-835-2900

Public Health Department

Niagara Region

Inspection Department

5710 Kitchener Street, N.F.

905-356-1538

Niagara Region Business Licensing Department

Licensing Department

5853 Peer Street, 2nd floor, N.F.

905-980-6000

x6380

Business Name Registration

Service Ontario

Ministry of Government and Consumer Services

Register Online at:

Service Ontario

Helpline:

1-800-565-1921

Employer Health Tax (EHT)

Ministry of Revenue

Ministry of Finance

1-866-668-8297

Workplace Safety & Insurance Board

(Formerly known as Worker’s Compensation)

301 St. Paul Street, 8th floor

St. Catharines, ON

WSIB

905-687-8622

1-800-387-0750

Provincial Incorporation

Ministry of Government and Consumer Services

Land Registry Office

59 Church Street, St. Catharines

Service Ontario

905-684-6351

 

1-800-268-1142

Liquor Licence/Gaming Supplier Licensing

Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario

90 Sheppard Avenue E., Suite 200

Toronto, ON, M2N 0A4

AGCO

416-326-8700

 

1-800-522-2876

Harmonized Sales Tax (HST), Payroll Deductions, Import/Export Account Canada Revenue Agency

32 Church Street, P.O. Box 3038

St. Catharines ON L2R 3B9

Canada Revenue Agency

 

1-800-959-5525

Federal Incorporation

Corporations Canada

151 Younge Street

Toronto, ON M5C 2W7

Federal Incorporation

 

416-954-2714

1-866-333-5556

Intellectual Property -

Copyrights, Patents, Trademarks.

Canadian Intellectual Property Office

CIPO

1-866-997-1936

Business Assistance & Guidance

Niagara Falls Small Business Enterprise Centre

Niagara Falls City Hall

Small Business Consultant

Business Information Officer

905-356-7521

x 5004

x 5005                   

Business Information

Canada Ontario Business Service Centre

Canada Business

1-800-567-2345

 

BizPaL

Visit BizPaL if you have questions about other types of non-municipal permits your business may need.

BizPaL is an online service with information from federal and provincial governments. It will help you to figure out what permits, licences and other requirements you need to start your business.