London is now in Step 3 of the Provincial Roadmap to Reopen. In alignment with Step 3, the City of London has expanded additional in-person City services in accordance with the new regulations.
Due to COVID-19, new rental licence applications are being accepted only by email to email@example.com. Applications will be reviewed for zoning compliance, but by-law and fire inspections are suspended so the application will be placed on hold until restrictions are lifted. The residential rental unit license (RRUL) by-law regulates all standards regarding rental units, including AirBNBs. The goal is to protect the amenity, character, and stability of residential areas.
Review the RRUL by-law prior to applying for your licence.
Visit the Property Inquiry System to determine if a property has an active rental licence.
To apply for a residential rental unit licence, email firstname.lastname@example.org and include the following details:
2. A floor plan that identifies the location of all rooms, windows, and entrances/exits
3. A self certification checklist for each unit
4. Fire inspection report (If a City of London Fire Prevention Inspection has occurred within the last two (2) years)
Please submit a completed application form.
Note: Online application submission is not yet available. Incomplete packages will not be processed. All required documents and payment(s) are required to be submitted as one package.
Zoning by-law compliance: Prior to a new rental licence application being accepted by our office, a Zoning Officer will review your application to ensure it complies with the Zoning By-law. If it does not, the Zoning Officer will provide you with information and method(s) you can take to bring your property into compliance with the By-laws. If the application was mailed in, the application and cheque will be mailed back to you with further instructions.
Sometimes you may be required to get a building permit, go through a Minor Variance or Zoning By-law Amendment, or in some cases remove units altogether. Contact Zoning at 519-930-3510 or email@example.com for more information.
If the property is a duplex, the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) may have additional fees. This is done in partnership with the Fire Prevention Office. We accept cash, MasterCard, Visa, cheque, money order, or debit.
A rental unit that meets the following conditions:
Property standards and fire are mandatory inspection for all new residential rental unit licences. These inspections are to ensure the rental unit is in compliance with all applicable laws to maintain safety for the tenants.
The zoning by-law amendment (Z.-1-172595) allows home owners to convert their single family homes into two (2) units. However, the home owner must comply with the regulations set out in the Zoning by-law Z.-1, Section 4 - General Provisions, Subsection 4.37 - Secondary Dwelling Units.
Zoning by-law Z.-1, Section 4 - General Provisions
For zoning information contact Zoning at 519-930-3510
For building permit information contact the Building Division at 519-661-4555.
Airbnb units must comply with all RRUL by-law regulations.
There are two types of group homes:
A fire inspection is required at the time of each new application. If a fire inspection report dated within the last two years is available, we will waive this inspection requirement. A fire inspection is not required upon licence renewal.
Please address all mail to: Development & Compliance Services Property Standards 300 Dufferin Avenue, 7th floor London, ON N6B 1Z2