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Business Licences

Short-term Rental Licensing

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 new initiative is part of a one-year pilot that includes required licensing and enhanced by-law enforcement for regulatory items (i.e. health and safety, outdoor sleeping accommodations and local contact person). Staff will monitor the program and report back to Council at the end of 2020. 

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. 

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