Legal Services

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Legal Services

Legal Services is responsible for providing timely and practical strategic advice to Members of Council and internal departments on a broad range of legal matters. Legal Services advises internal stakeholders on matters related to litigation, planning, real estate and development, procurement, labour and employment, by-law, construction, prosecution, corporate risk management and municipal law.

While Legal Services only provides legal advice and support internally to Council and municipal departments, there are select services available to the general public. Please see below for a description of the services available and the applicable online forms.

Greenhouse Light Abatement 

At the Council meeting on December 8, 2020, Leamington Council received the results of the public consultation on Greenhouse Lights and passed a Greenhouse Light Abatement By-law.

The By-law includes an option to turn Lights off rather than install and close Curtains, as well as the following provisions:

1. In connection with the Requirements for Greenhouse Curtains, an owner of a Greenhouse shall ensure that:

 (a)   effective April 1, 2021, Curtains are closed completely on Greenhouse sidewalls and endwalls from one hour before sunset until one hour after sunrise;

 (b)   effective October 1, 2021, Curtains are closed completely on a Greenhouse ceiling from one hour before sunset until one hour after sunrise; except between the hours of 2:00 AM and 6:00 AM during which time ceiling curtains must be at least ninety percent (90%) closed, sunrise and sunset being determined by the National Research Council Canada’s sunrise/sunset calculator.

Effective January 1, 2021, as an interim measure pending the coming into force of the requirements for sidewall, endwall and ceiling Curtains to be installed and closed, an owner of a Greenhouse shall ensure that Lights are turned off between the hours of 8:00 PM and 2:00 AM unless the owner can comply and does comply with the Requirements for Greenhouse Curtains as set out in the By-law.   

The full By-law can be viewed here: Greenhouse Light Abatement By-law PDF


Short Term Rental Accommodations 

On November 17, 2020, Council considered Report LLS-55-20 regarding Short Term Rental Accommodations (STR).

An STR is generally understood to be a residential dwelling or part of a residential dwelling that is rented to guests on an intermittent or short term basis (usually considered to be less than 30 days) where breakfast is not provided. The STR is usually advertised through an on-line platform such as AirBnb, VRBO and HomeAway. [Note: In Leamington, a Bed and Breakfast Establishment may differ from an STR. A Bed and Breakfast is described as a residential dwelling in which no more than 3 guest suites within the owner's own dwelling are rented on a temporary basis and in which breakfast is provided. A Bed and Breakfast Establishment is permitted in the R1, R2, R3, A1, A2 and A3 zones in accordance with the regulations in section 4.4 of the Municipality's Zoning By-law. Zoning By-law 890-09 is available below.

Zoning By-law 890-09


We encourage you to review a copy of Report LLS-55-20 which is available below.

Report LLS-55-20


Following its consideration of Report LLS-55-20, Council directed Administration to seek public comment in connection with the regulation of STRs. Public comments were received until January 21, 2021 and will be summarized and provided to Council for consideration in a forthcoming report.

Property Information Reports 

A Property Information Report is often a requirement before a property transfer can take place and is typically requested by law firms as a result of a possible sale or refinancing of a building or property. The Property Information Report offers information regarding building permits, the status of inspections and any outstanding orders as they relate to the Ontario Building Code, Zoning By-law and/or Property Standards By-law. The Drainage, Engineering and Finance Departments also provide information on the Report.


Please be advised that as of January 1, 2022, Property Information Reports (PIRs) will be amended to include information previously obtained from Fire Services via a File Search.  As such, the fees for PIRs will be updated as follows:

  •      Ten Business Day Service - $300.00
  •      Three Business Day Rush Service - $500.00



Purchase a Property Information Report

Inquiries Respecting the Purchase of Municipal Lands 
Individuals may express interest in writing if they wish to purchase a piece of municipally owned property or are seeking an easement over municipal property. Various municipal departments review the request and determine whether it would be in the interest of the Municipality to sell the land or grant an easement.

Submit an Inquiry


Claims Against the Municipality

If you believe that the Municipality has been negligent in in its maintenance of municipal facilities, roads, trees and sewers, which has caused bodily injury or damage to your property, you can submit a claim to the Municipality.

Submit a Claim 


Request for Accommodation

If you require an accommodation to access a municipal service or facility, you may submit a request for accommodation pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code.


If you are requesting a medical exemption to the COVID-19 Vaccination, please note that the required supporting documentation to be included within the request must be completed by a physician or registered nurse in the extended class using this form.


Submit a Request 





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Phone: 519-326-5761
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