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Business Licensing By-law Review Process

The City of London has updated its Business Licensing By-law.

The introduction of the new by-law was an ongoing process during 2017 with new and updated topics/categories introduced over the last several months, as listed below.  We received valuable feedback through industry consultation and from the eight public participation meetings that were held.

We are now able to present to you our new business licensing by-law which received full Council approval on December 12, 2017. It came in to force and effect on April 2, 2018.




WATCH RECORDINGS OF THE COMMITTEE MEETINGS: If you are interested in watching any of the meetings that took place regarding the business licensing review process, you can visit our YouTube channel and click on the CPSC videos.

Community and Protective Services Committee - Previous Meeting Dates and Subject Matter:

Meeting #1 - Completed January 24, 2017 

  • Pay Day Loan Lenders, Cheque Cashing, etc.;
  • Door to Door Sales.

Meeting #2: Completed February 22, 2017

  • Donation Bin Operators;
  • Contractor Licensing (including pool installers, driveway contractors, mobile sign installers).
  • Personal Service Establishments (hair, nails);
  • All Tobacco and Electronic Cigarette Sales (cigars, e-cigarettes, e-juice, etc.);

Meeting #3: Completed April 25, 2017

  • Commercial parking facilities.
  • Seasonal sales business.
  • Pet shops.
  • Public halls

Meeting #4: Completed May 24th, 2017

  • Food premises (eating establishments, restaurants, food shops, etc.)
  • Refreshment vehicles (food trucks, carts, etc.)
  • Public garages

Meeting #5: Completed June 20th, 2017

  • Adult Entertainment. See September 12 meeting date for draft regulations.

Meeting #6: Completed July 18th, 2017

  • Second hand shops/stores.
  • Lodging Houses (All types)

Meeting #7: Completed September 12th, 2017

  • Unauthorized towing and storage.
  • Adult Live Entertainment Parlour.
  • Adult Body Rub Parlour.

Meeting #8: Completed October 4th, 2017

Meeting #9: Completed December 5th, 2017

Meeting #10: Completed December 12th, 2017

  • Council meeting to review the full draft business licensing by-law
  • Received full Council approval


Contact Us:


Phone: 519-930-3515.

In Person: 7th floor, City Hall.  300 Dufferin Ave, London, Ontario.


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