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Legal Services

The Legal Services Branch is the City's in-house "Law Firm".

The "Law Firm" is responsible for:

  • The provision of legal representation to the City of Oshawa, its Council, staff and certain related boards and agencies, on matters relating to the City's business and operations.

Please note that we cannot advise on personal legal matters.

For more information, please choose one of the following options:

By-laws, Contracts

  • Prepare or review drafts of City by-laws for other operating departments of the City and prepare by-laws for Council.
  • Prepare or review all types of contracts (development agreements, contracts for the purchase of goods and services, etc.).

By-law Prosecution

Handle court actions against individuals accused of violating the City's regulatory by-laws (e.g., littering, noise, operating businesses without being properly licensed, improper use of property, etc.).


Take action (including court action) to collect overdue debts owed to the City (except property taxes).

Court Representation

Represent the City's interest in cases before various levels of courts and administrative tribunals (such as the Ontario Municipal Board).

Frequently Requested Information

  • Durham Community Legal Clinic, 111 Simcoe Street North, Oshawa, Ontario: 905-728-7321
  • Landlord & Tenant Inquiries - Ontario: 1-888-332-3234
  • Legal Aid Office, 111 Simcoe Street North, Oshawa, Ontario: 905-576-2334 or 1-800-668-8258

Real Estate Closings

Handle the legal aspects of the City's real estate transactions (purchases, sales, leases, encroachments and expropriations).

Research, Legal Opinions

Respond to inquiries from our customers regarding the City's rights, powers and obligations under the many pieces of provincial legislation that govern and control the City's day-to-day operations, including performing legal research and providing written legal opinions.

Branch Head: David Potts, City Solicitor
Location: 5th Floor, Rundle Tower, City Hall
50 Centre Street South
Oshawa, Ontario L1H 3Z7
Phone: 905-436-3856
Toll Free: 1-800-667-4292
Fax: 905-436-5689
TTY: 905-436-5627