Licenses and Permits

Many small businesses require licenses to operate or regular inspections, including restaurants, hair salons, and automotive repair shops. Below are lists of common business types that require permits and inspections by the City of Port Colborne, Niagara Region Public Health, and Niagara Regional Police Service. If your small business will be operating in any of these fields, or conducting activities very similar, use the contact information below to ensure that your business has the required licenses and permits prior to opening. 

 
 

City of Port Colborne

The City of Port Colborne's Clerks Division issues licenses for different business types, including the following. If you are unsure if your business will require a license from the City of Port Colborne, it is advisable to contact the Clerk's Division.

Garage businesses to repair vehicles
Used car lot
Gasoline sales
Lodging houses
Hawker and peddler licence (including food trucks)
Refreshment vehicles
Trailer camp licences
Kennel licences to those properties who house more than 3 dogs.

Contact:
City of Port Colborne, Clerks Division 
66 Charlotte Street
Port Colborne ON  L3K 3C8
Tel: 905-835-2900 ext. 121
Email Licensing Clerk

 
 

Niagara Region Public Health

The Niagara Region Public Health department inspects different business types and home occupations, including the following. If you are unsure if your business will require inspection from the Niagara Region Public Health department, it is advisable to contact the department.

All food premises (including restaurants, caterers, banquet halls, mobile premises)
Special events where food is served
Farmers markets
Personal services settings (including hair salons, barber shops, nail and pedicure salons, tattoo parlours)
Second level lodging homes
Group homes
Licensed day nurseries including before and after school programs. (Day nurseries are licensed by the Ministry of Education)
Retirement homes (licensed by the Retirement Homes Regulatory Agency)   

Contact:
Niagara Region Public Health
200 Division Street
Welland ON  L3B 4A2
Tel: 905-735-5697

 
 

Niagara Regional Police Service

The Niagara Regional Police Service Licensing Unit issues licenses different business types and occupations, including the following. If you are unsure if your business will require a license from the Niagara Regional Police, it is advisable to contact the Licensing Unit

Taxicabs
Tow trucks
Limousines
Sightseeing and shuttle vehicles (including horse drawn carriages)
Salvage yards
Scrap dealers
Auto wrecking yards
Second hand stores
Second hand goods dealers
Adult exotic entertainment parlours and dancers

Contact:
Niagara Regional Police Service Licensing Unit
110 James Street
St Catharines ON  L2R 7E8
Tel: 905-688-4111 ext. 5070
Email Licensing Unit