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City of London Accessible Design Standards (CADS)

The City of London is dedicated to fostering an inclusive and accessible community for all. On this page you will links to all accessible design guidelines used by the City of London. From accessible book shelves to accessible parks, we have compiled the links to legislative and legal guidelines as well as the City of London's own best practice guidelines below.

For more information about these guides or to access a City of London design guideline in an accessible or alternate format, please contact


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  • Facilities Accessible Design Standard
    • The City of London has been a leader in accessibility since the implementation of the first FADS document in 2001. Originally introduced in 2001, our standards reflect extensive research on accessible, barrier-free environments that included consultation with organizations such as Canadian Hearing Society, Canadian National Institute for the Blind, Community Living London, Learning Disabilities Association, Ontario March of Dimes and Thames Valley Children's Centre.
    • Going beyond existing accessibility regulations, standards and guidelines, FADS incorporates the principles of "universal design" that benefit people of all ages and abilities. This approach continues to earn London praise as being on the leading edge in building an accessible community.
    • Implementation of the City of London's Facility Accessibility Design Standards will make newly constructed and/or renovated facilities accessible to people of all ranges of physical and sensory ability.
    • Here is a link to the most recent version of the FADS document.
    • For information about FADS and about design standards for City of London facilities, please find more information here, or contact
      519-661-2500 Ext. 5797

  • Indoor and Outdoor Event Design Standards
  • Accessible Parks, Playgrounds & Community Gardens

          For more information please contact:

          City of London Recreation
          Customer Service
          Phone: 519-661-5575

  • Accessible Parking Guidelines and Enforcement
    • The City of London's Accessible Parking regulations are linked here.
    • The City of London is distributing official accessible parking signs with guidelines to businesses and residential properties for the Accessibility Signage and Awareness Campaign. Find more information here.

      For more information, please contact:
      City of London Parking
      Phone: 519-661-4537
      Fax: 519-661-2413
  • Illustrated Technical Guide to the Accessibility Standard of Public Spaces
    • The City of London uses the Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies & Environments Guide located here. This guide offers detailed descriptions of accessible design for public spaces and includes standards for public queuing, Accessible pedestrian signals, exterior paths of travel, recreational trails and more.
    • For more information, please contact:

            Planning Division
            Phone: 519-661-4980
            Fax: 519-963-1483

  • Legislative Requirements
    • The City of London adheres to the Ontario Building Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act  which detail accessible standards required by law. Both the OBC and the AODA detail specific accessibility requirements which are legislatively required. Links to both provincial laws can be found below:
    • The Ontario Building Code
    • The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.
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