By-law enforcement is responsible for the investigation and enforcement of municipal by-laws related to waste accumulation upon any premises. By-laws are created and enforced to maintain standards for the health and well-being of our residents and the beautification of our community.
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 the City By-law Enforcement office may be subject to legal action.
Failure to comply will result in this matter being submitted to Legal Services, recommending prosecution be commenced. In the Ontario Court of Justice, a conviction of this type of offence can result in a fine of $5,000. Pursuant to the provisions of By-law 2001-409, particularly Sections 7 and 8, the City Engineer is authorized, upon giving seven days' written notice, to cause the work required under the by-law to be done and recover the cost of doing so as municipal taxes.
View the bylaw regarding waste enforcement. For further assistance, please contact the Enforcement Co-ordinator.