All homes with a basement apartment (accessory apartment) need to be registered with the City of Pickering Fire Services Department. 

How do I Apply?

Fill out the registration application. Completed application forms may be submitted online, or at one of the City facilities noted below:

Building Services
Pickering City Hall
One The Esplanade
Pickering, ON L1V 6K7


Fire Services Headquarters
Fire Station #5
1616 Bayly Street
Pickering, ON L1W 3N2
(Payment by cheque only at this location)

Registration Fee

A one-time registration fee of $500 is required at the time of application. The payment can be made in person with your application, or online through (please retain the eStore receipt as proof of payment).

Why Register?

  • registration is mandatory under By-law 7579/17
  • it allows City staff to inspect the accessory apartment and confirm that it is safe for a tenant to occupy
  • knowledge of where two-unit houses exist will assist the City in providing emergency response and community services
  • it provides the property owner with a registration certificate, officially recognizing the property as a legal two-dwelling unit property, this will assist in future real estate transactions


Please see our information pamphlet for more information on registering.