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Driveway Widening


The City of London permits home owners to widen their residential driveway to accomadate more vehicles or allow for greater maneuverability.

However, it is the responsibility of the home owner to ensure all permits have been applied for and the driveway widening complies with all City regulations.

 

See Below for Application Information and Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Applying for a Driveway Widening and/or Curb Cutting

    After you've planned your project, you can apply for a permit by printing and submitting this form.  The application will be circulated to various departments for review and approval.  The completed form can be emailed to streetpermit@london.ca or dropped off on the 7th floor of City Hall.

    Once approved, you will need to contact a contractor to do the actual work for you, as has been approved through the application.  The contractor will inform you as to how much your curb cut will cost.  You can get multiple quotes if you wish, based on the approved permit.

    You will be responsible to ensure that no other utilities or municipal functions are impacted by the widening of your driveway. Confirm that none of these "obstacles" are in proximity to your project, as it is very costly to have any of these items (re)moved:

    - Trees, bus shelters, street signs;

    - Hydro poles, telephone poles, cable or phone boxes, or other utilities;

    - Storm drains, fire hydrants, mailboxes, or other municipal infrastructure.

    Where you are uncertain about underground utilities, you should call Ontario One Call (ON1Call)

    Note: Where mistakes are made, or work undertaken without a permit, you will be held responsible for the cost of replacing the infrastructure, grass, curbs, etc. If you have any questions about any steps in the process, please contact Development and Compliance Services at the number to the right.

     

  • Maximum Driveway Widths

    The maximum width of any residential driveway in the City of London is 50% of the lot frontage, to a maximum of 8.0m (26.3 feet), whichever is less. The driveway width shall be measured parallel to the street at the street line. No lot shall have more than two driveways for the first 30.0 metres. (98.7 feet) of street line. The minimum driveway width is 2.7m (8.8 feet).

    Lot Frontage Maximum Width Permitted
    Sample Driveway Widths
    6.0m (approx. 20 feet) 3.0m (approx. 10 feet)
    8.0m (approx. 26 feet) 4.0m (approx. 13 feet)
    12.0m (approx. 40 feet) 6.0m (approx. 20 feet)
    16.0m (approx. 52 feet) 8.0m (approx. 26 feet)
    Greater than 16.0m 8.0m (approx. 26 feet)
  • What are the dimensions of a parking space?

    A parking space must have minimum dimensions of 2.7 metres (8.85 feet) by 5.5 metres (18.04 feet).

  • Where can I park?

    Parking for residential purposes is permitted in the interior side yard and rear yard, provided that no part of any parking area is located closer than 1.0 metres (3.3 feet) to any required road allowance and provided that no part of any rear yard parking area is located closer than 3.0 metres (9.8 feet) from the rear lot line and 3.0 metres (9.8 feet) from any one side lot line in the rear yard. See Section 4.19[4] of the Zoning by-law for more details.  Always contact the zoning department @519-930-3510 should you have any questions about where you are permitted to park.

  • Can my driveway go right up to my property line?

    Technically speaking, yes, your driveway may be right up to the property line, so long as it does not exceed the maximum width permitted for your property.  Notwithstanding, you cannot direct water off of your driveway onto your neighbours property.  Make sure you grade your driveway so as to direct water away from nieghbouring properties.

  • Can I park in my front yard?

    No; The City of London prohibits parking in your front yard.  The existing (and widened) driveway must lead to a garage, or to a legal parking spot at the side/rear of your home.  However, driveways and/or walkways connected to and parallel to a driveway may project up to a maximum of 2.0 metres (6 feet) into the front yard of a single detached, semi-detached, duplex or converted two unit dwelling. That part of the required front yard not used for a driveway or walkway shall be used exclusively for landscaped open space.

  • Can I have more than one driveway?

    Yes, but "where more than one driveway leading to a parking area/private garage for a single detached, semi-detached, duplex, or converted two-unit
    dwelling is provided, the combined total of all driveways shall not exceed the provision of 4.19 6) (h) (I). of the Z.-1 Zoning By-law.  That provision sets out the maximum driveway widths.  You may not have more than two driveways in the first 30m (98 feet) of street line.  Please note: you are not permitted to drive across your lawn to access your driveway or to park.  Driveways must lead to legal parking areas.

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