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Business Licensing By-law Enforcement

The City of London is reminding business owners of requirements under the Business Licensing By-Law as Municipal Law Enforcement Officers begin an enforcement blitz.

Following public and industry consultation, the updated Business Licensing By-law came into effect April 2018. Changes to the by-law included new licence categories, consolidated or renamed categories, new application and renewal fee, and a new license expiration date of January 31. The purpose of the new by-law is focused on public health and safety and consumer protection.

Up to this point, by-law enforcement efforts have focused on educating business owners on the updates. “Municipal law enforcement officers have been busy visiting locations throughout the city speaking with owners and ensuring they are aware if their business falls within the new by-law and what the changes mean for their business,” says Orest Katolyk, Chief Municipal Law Enforcement Officer. “We’re now moving out of the education phase and into enforcement, ensuring that businesses are in compliance.”

Business owners with questions about the Business License By-law can visit the Service London Business Hub in the main lobby of City Hall, attend the Licensing counter on the 7th floor, call the Licensing office at 519-930-3515, or email Staff are available to answer questions and guide owners through the licence application process.