Zoning By-law Overview
The City of London’s Zoning By-law establishes and regulates the use of land by
implementing the policies of a City's Official Plan. It provides the
municipality with a legally enforceable means of regulating land use and scale
and intensity of development. Zoning also serves to protect areas by preventing
incompatible uses, and establishing appropriate standards for development.
Zoning by-laws contain specific, legal regulations - for example, what uses are
permitted, how high buildings can be constructed, the maximum number of
residential units allowed and the amount of off-street parking required.
How does zoning work?
The City is divided into "zones", where different land uses are permitted. There
are zones, for example, which permit single detached dwellings, while others
permit apartment buildings, and still others permit shopping centres or
industrial uses. In the older or developed areas of London, most of the lands
are zoned for specific uses or ranges of uses commonly found in an urban
municipality. In undeveloped parts of the City, land is often in a zone which
does not allow urban development, unless an amendment to the Zoning By-law is
What is the process for applying to change the Zoning
The Planning Act allows municipalities 120 days to process an application for
Zoning By-law amendment – from the time that a complete application is submitted
to the municipal council decision.
Z.-1 Zoning By-law
Zoning By-law amendment application forms
Zoning By-law amendment application fees
How are Zoning By-law amendment applications
How do individuals, neighbourhoods and others
participate in the Zoning amendment process?
A Primer on Land Use Planning
in the City of London