From time to time people may want to widen their residential driveway to accommodate more parking, or to facilitate maneuverability. It is important to remember that all private driveways are the responsibility for the homeowner to properly maintain.
'Driveway', as per the City of London Zoning By-law, "means a vehicle access provided between a street or lane and a parking area or a loading space, or between two parking areas, but does not include a parking aisle." An 'access driveway' "means the area between the travelled portion of a road and a parking area used by motor vehicles for access to and from the parking area."
Making a Decision:
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)
Maximum Driveway Width(s):
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|
|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)|
Note: For lots with a curved frontage, please contact zoning (see Zoning in Contact Us) for assistance in calculating frontage and maximum driveway width.
Application for Driveway Widening and 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 email@example.com 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.
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.