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Fort Erie Town Council Waives 2022 Business Licence Fees (Excluding Short-Term Rental Fees)

Town Council approved recommendations from staff to temporarily waive all business licence fees, save and except Short-Term Rentals, for 2022 to assist businesses during COVID-19. However, new businesses and businesses that require an annual licence renewal are still required to apply for a 2022 business licence from the Town of Fort Erie as in the past.


Short-Term Rental Licensing

Short-Term Rental Licenses are non-transferable.

There is currently a moratorium on accepting new Short-Term Rental applications as a result of Town Council's review of land use controls pertaining to Short-Term Rentals. However, 2021 Short-Term Rental licence holders will be able to renew their licence for 2022 when the application portal opens on January 4, 2022.

Beginning January 1, 2020, property owners and/or businesses who operate Short-Term Rentals such as Airbnbs will be required to obtain a Short-Term Rental licence. This initiative includes required licensing and enhanced by-law enforcement for regulatory items (i.e. health and safety, outdoor sleeping accommodations and local contact person). 

Learn more about Short-Term Rentals

Business Licensing

A business license grants the owner the right to start and run a particular type of business in the Town of Fort Erie. It is a type of permit indicating the company has the Town's approval to operate. The Town's by-law enforcement can fine or shut down a business that operates without a license. 

If applying for a Restaurant/Fresh Food, Personal service (such as manicure, hair or barbering, tattoo), Public pool, Public spa/hot tub, please contact Niagara Region Public Health for an inspection at the time of submitting an application.

Applications and Information

You may register your business at the Land Registry office in St. Catharines – 905-684-6351.
GST/HST registration – Canada Revenue Agency – 1-800-959-5525
Workers Compensation – 1-800-263-2484