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Business Licenses & Registration
Municipal Business Licenses
A general business license is not required from the City of St. Thomas, although the regulations listed below apply to a select few business operations. Please check with the Licensing Department at 519-631-1680, extension 4105 to verify licensing regulations for your business. The following business licenses are required in order to operate in the City of St. Thomas
Governs the sale of goods by persons going from place to place or a particular place with goods or merchandise for sale on a retail basis. Fees are $340.00 for each event, which includes up to six 6) continuous days within a calendar year or $1275 for any and all such events within a calendar year.
Old gold, old jewellery and other precious metal buying events are included in this by-law.
Sale of Goods License - Application Form
Governs the sale of perishable goods by persons going from place to place or a particular place with perishable goods for sale on a retail basis. Fees are $340 for each event, which includes up to six (6) continuous days within a calendar year or $1275 for any and all such events within a calendar year.
Sale of Perishable Goods License - Application Form
Governs the operation of Pawnbroker businesses located in the City. Every Pawnbroker shall give to the Corporation a security deposit in the sum of two thousand dollars ($2000.00), which is held for the duration of the Pawn Brokers business. Fees are $100.00 per year.
Pawnbrokers Application Form
Governs Photographers who go from place to place or to a particular place within the limits of the City who are not residents of the City of St. Thomas. This by-law does not apply to persons who take photographs for use in newspapers, magazines and periodicals or in television broadcasts or photographers on a specific assignment to local industries. Fees are $150.00 per year.
Governs the operation of mobile food carts, trucks and wagons. The 2017 license fees are noted below.
Mobile Refreshment License - Application Form
HOT DOG CARTS - $408 per year. Three (3) hot dog carts are allowed to operate within the City. If openings exist, applications are available from the Licensing Office.
CHIP WAGONS - $408 per year. Two (2) chip wagons are allowed to operate within the City.
If openings exist, application forms are available from the Licensing Office.
ICE CREAM WAGONS - $72 per year. Six (6) ice cream bicycles are allowed to operate within the City. If openings exist, application forms are available from the Licensing Office.
MOBILE LUNCH TRUCK - $204 per year. The By-law does not restrict the number of lunch trucks. However, there are restrictions regarding location of operation.
MOTORIZED MOBILE ICE CREAM TRUCK - $204 per year. The By-law does not restrict the number of ice cream trucks. However, there are restrictions regarding vehicle safety features for vehicle, location, etc.
Governs the operation of lodging houses and the keepers of lodging houses. (Boarding Houses included)
Governs the operation of adult entertainment parlors.
We are excited to announce that construction of the Gateway Roundabout at the Sunset Drive and Wellington Road intersection will be starting the week of March 27th with completion by the end of June.
Effective March 21, 2017 the Community Recycling Centre will be returning to its full time operating hours. The site will be open Tuesday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m to 3 p.m. Household hazardous waste is accepted on Saturdays only.
For more information on accepted waste types and associated costs, please visit the Community Recycling Centre page.
The First Avenue Widening project between Talbot Street and Steele Street will start the week of March 13 and be completed in June.
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