Property Standards

Overview

Buildings are required to be structurally sound. All exterior walls, roofs and foundations are required to be maintained as reasonably safe and protected against deterioration. Property standards inspections ensure and enforce by-laws related to boarding up of vacant buildings, removal of waste and accident hazard conditions, as well as requirements for structural, heating, electrical, plumbing, cleanliness, storage, etc.

Process

When the Property Standards office receives a written, signed complaint, an inspector completes a site visit to ensure it is a valid complaint. Once this has been established, a letter is sent advising the specifics of the infraction and what is required for compliance of the bylaw, including how long the resident has to complete the modifications for compliance. In addition, anyone who is in violation of the City's by-law and does not comply with a notice that is issued by City By-law Enforcement may be subject to legal action.

Penalty

A person is guilty of an offence if the person:

  • fails to comply with any order, direction or other requirements made under this act; or
  • contravenes this act or the regulations or any by-law passed
    under this act.

A person who is convicted of an offence is liable for a fine of not more
than $50,000 for a first offence and not more than $100,000 for a subsequent offence.

If a corporation is convicted of an offence, the maximum penalty
that may be imposed upon the corporation is $100,000 for the first
offence and $200,000 for a subsequent offence.

By-law(s)

Please select the Property Standards By-law button to the right above and select By-law Number 76-320, to prescribe standards for the maintenance and occupancy of property in the City of St. Catharines. For further assistance, please contact the Enforcement Co-ordinator.

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