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Fort Erie Town Council Waives 2023 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 2023 to assist businesses during COVID-19. However, new businesses and businesses that require an annual licence renewal are still required to apply for a 2023 business licence from the Town of Fort Erie as in the past.


Short-Term Rental Licencing

Short-Term Rental licences are non-transferrable.

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. This work is expected to be completed in Spring of 2023. For more information on the Land Use Study, please click here.

The number of Short-Term Rental licences issued shall be limited to 250 in any given year with 2022 licence holders being provided the first opportunity to renew a licence by March 31, 2023, provided the licence holder has complied with all rules (meaning 5 demerit points or less) during the previous year. 

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

To renew your Short-Term Rental licence online, please click here:

Business Licencing

A business licence 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.

To apply for a new, or renew an existing, Business License online please click here:

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