Business Licenses and 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

SALE OF GOODS BY-LAW No. 23-2002


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 $346.45 for each event, which includes up to six 6) continuous days within a calendar year or $1299.20 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


SALE OF PERISHABLE GOODS BY-LAW No. 10-2003


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 $346.45 for each event, which includes up to six (6) continuous days within a calendar year or $1299.20 for any and all such events within a calendar year.
Sale of Perishable Goods License - Application Form


PAWNBROKERS BY-LAW No. 66-94


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


NON-RESIDENT PHOTOGRAPHERS BY-LAW No. 35-63


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.


MOBILE REFRESHMENT BY-LAW No. 9-92


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 - $415.75 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 - $415.75 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 CARTS - $73.35 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 - $207.85 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 - $207.85 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.


LODGING HOUSE BY-LAW No. 123-88


Governs the operation of lodging houses and the keepers of lodging houses. (Boarding Houses included)


ADULT ENTERTAINMENT BY-LAW No. 7-2001


Governs the operation of adult entertainment parlors.

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