Licence Categories and Fees
The Business Licensing by-law provides a list of the categories that the City of London licences, as well as a fee schedule. We accept cash, cheque, debit, Visa or Mastercard.
NOTE: The City of London is updating its Business Licensing By-law, and your input is requested. More information is available here.
Applying for a Licence
If you are applying for a Business Licence, complete the business licence application form. You can mail, fax, or drop it off at our office. Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
A Business Licence Application is valid for 90 days in accordance with Section 2.22 of the Business Licensing By-Law L-6. It is suggested that you complete your application no more than 90 days prior to the scheduled opening of your business. Please ensure that you can comply with all regulations and conditions imposed by any Civic Department or Agency within the 90 day period.
Prior to making application, please contact the Zoning Division (519 930-3510, City Hall 7th floor) to ensure that your proposed business complies with our zoning regulations.
The Building Division (519 661-4555, City Hall 7th floor) requires that you obtain a Building Permit for any new construction, renovations, plumbing or for a change of use of the property. Please check with the Building Division if you have any questions about building permits requirements. Please note that business licence applications will not be approved until all the requirements of the Building Division are met.
If an Inspection is required by the Fire Department for the type of business that you are planning to operate (consult with the Licensing Office first), please contact Fire Services located at Central Fire Hall, 400 Horton Street or call 519 661-2500 x 4565.
The Middlesex-London Health Unit may be required to inspect your premises prior to obtaining your City of London Business Licence. This agency also may require a signature of an operator on their "Notice of Intent to Operate a Food Premises" form. Please contact the Middlesex London Health Unit at 50 King Street or 519 663-5317.
Upon receipt of all the necessary approvals, the Business Licence will be mailed to you. In the event that an approval is not received from various departments or agencies, you will be advised accordingly.
Renewing a Business Licence
Renewal notices will be forwarded to the licensee at least 30 days prior to the expiry date. Business Licences issued in accordance with By-Law L-6 expire on December 31 each year. Licence renewal fees may be mailed in with a cheque, or in person using cash, cheque, debit, Visa or Mastercard.
If you require any additional information, please contact us.