Building and Zoning
ATTENTION!!!! Due to Budget cuts, our Building & Zoning Department will only be open from 7:30 am -11:00 am to drop off plans, or for personal service.
Whether business, housing, or industry, the City of London encourages growth and welcomes new development. The Building & Zoning office personnel are prepared to assist both new and established business, as well as the residents of London as the city grows. Located at 102 ½ S. Main Street, The Building and Zoning office will provide all necessary applications for zoning and construction permits. The staff will work to help you understand the review process and get your applications to the appropriate part of the review process.
Building regulation and zoning regulation serve two different functions. However, these two functions work closely together.
Zoning districts are drawn with the goal of keeping neighboring uses compatible. The restaurant surrounded by houses is not the best idea, while a restaurant in a shopping center usually works out fairly well. In London, zoning district designations fall into the following.
Once the appropriate location is found, the requirements of The Building Code must be considered. With a new building, your design professional will endeavor to comply with the most current edition of the code right from the start. If an existing structure is being considered, it can be more complicated. A paint store and an attorney’s office are both permitted uses in all of the B districts. The attorney is generally seeing clients by appointment. The office has low traffic and houses office furniture and files. Typical wood frame construction may be suitable. Paint, lacquers, paint thinner, other solvents are flammable materials, non combustible construction is more appropriate. If stored in large enough quantities, an automatic sprinkler system and fire alarm are also required. As you can see the switch from Business no. 1 to Business no.2 is not always a straight up trade.
When the occupancy and use of an existing building is changed a walk-thru is required to determine if the building is suitable for the new use. If no alterations are planned, the standard is “is there an increase in risk to the occupants?” The building inspector will evaluate change in number of occupants, lighting and ventilation, means of egress, adequate toilet facilities and other considerations. If any alterations are planned, the altered portions of the building must meet the current code. Your design professional will assist in this process.
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