By-laws A - Z

Not all by-laws are available in both official languages. At this time, only the most frequently requested by-laws have been translated. According to the City of Ottawa's Bilingualism Policy, municipal by-laws of significant interest and high demand will be made available to the public in both French and English, in whole or in part, depending on the length and nature of the by-law.

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Disclaimer

By-laws contained in this section have been prepared for reference purposes only. Every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of this information; however it is not to be used in place of actual by-laws.

Actual by-laws can be obtained at the following locations:
City Archives
James Bartleman Centre
100 Tallwood Dr. (Corner of Woodroffe)
Ottawa, Ontario
tel.: 613-580-2857
fax :613-580-2614
e-mail: archives@ottawa.ca

Ottawa Public Library
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613-580-2945

 

A

All-Terrain Vehicles & Other Vehicles

 

By-law no. 2013-199

 

A by-law of the City of Ottawa to temporarily regulate the operation of All-Terrain Vehicles and Motorized Snow Vehicles on certain designated highways and unopened road allowances within Osgoode Ward (Ward 20) in the City of Ottawa.

 

Animal Care and Control

By-law No. 2003-77 [ PDF416KB]
Respecting animal care and control including: dog leashing, keeping of, dogs in parks, number of pets per household, registration and fees, etc.

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B

Backing and Excavations

By-law 66-78
A by-law of the former City of Ottawa providing the City with the authority to order a property owner to fill in an excavation where the construction project has been abandoned and the excavation poses a safety hazard to the public.

Bilingualism

By-law No. 2001-170
A by-law of the City of Ottawa relating to bilingualism.

Board of Health

By-law 2011-1 [ PDF80KB ]
A by-law to govern the proceedings of the Board of Health for the City of Ottawa Health Unit, also known as the Ottawa Board of Health.
By-law 2011-2 [ PDF38KB ]
A by-law of the Board of Health for the City of Ottawa Health Unit respecting delegation of authority to various officers.
By-law 2011-3 [ PDF18KB ]
A by-law of the Board of Health for the City of Ottawa Health Unit to designate a head of the Ottawa Board of Health for the purposes of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
By-law 2011-4 [ PDF9KB ]
A by-law of the Board of Health for the City of Ottawa Health Unit to appoint a person for the purposes of administering requests pursuant to the Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004.
By-law 2011-5 [ PDF10KB ]
A by-law of the Board of Health for the City of Ottawa Health Unit to establish fees for the purposes of administering requests for disclosure of personal health information pursuant to the Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004.

Boarding Up

By-law No. 2010 - 211
Various by-laws providing the City with the authority to order the boarding up/securing of buildings, to undertake the work and to recover the cost of the work should the property owner fail to undertake the work, are in effect.

Bridge Posting

By-law No. 350-2001
Respecting load restrictions and height restrictions on or under certain bridges

Building

By-law No. 2005-303 [ PDF287KB ]
Respecting the administration and enforcement of the Ontario Building Code Act respecting the construction, renovation or any change of use of buildings and designated structures.

See Building Code for more information.
View a detailed list of permits issued or a summary of permits issued by building type.

Business Licensing

Several business categories require a municipal business licence — if Council deems that there are concerns with respect to nuisance, consumer protection and/or health and safety. If you require such a licence, or are interested in the business licensing process, please read the general provisions, in addition to the applicable Schedule, which is part of the by-law and provides specific regulations. The fees have been listed separately; please see the sidebar.

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C

Cash in lieu of Parkland

Various by-laws respecting the payment of cash in lieu of providing lands for recreational use are in effect.

Clothing Donation Box By-law

By-law No. 2013 - 98 [ PDF - 50 KB ]
A by-law of the City of Ottawa to regulate the location and use of clothing donation boxes on private property.

Compliance Report

By-law No. 2003-69
Respecting applications for compliance reports and associated fees.
[ PDF 86 KB ]

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D

Demolition Control

Various by-laws respecting preservation of dwelling units by requiring the applicant of a demolition permit to first obtain a building permit for the replacement-building permit are in effect.
View a detailed list of permits issued or a summary of permits issued by building type.

Development Charges

By-law No. 2009-216
Various by-laws respecting the collection of funds on new development to support growth-related infrastructure costs are in effect.

Discharge of Firearms

By-law No. 2002-344
Although the City of Ottawa does not regulate hunting, the Discharge of Firearms By-law No. 2002-344 regulates the discharge of firearms within the boundaries of the City of Ottawa for public safety.
For information about hunting specifically (e.g., open seasons), contact the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources at www.mnr.gov.on.ca or call 1-800-667-1940.

Drainage

By-law No. 2007-398
A by-law of the City of Ottawa to prohibit the obstruction or alteration of drains, private drains and the grade of land, and regulating the maintenance and repair of drains, private drains, and the grade of land.

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E

Emergency Planning and Responses

By-law No. 2002-264 [ PDF323KB ]

Encroachment

By-law No. 2013-398
A by-law of the City of Ottawa to amend By-law No. 2003-446 respecting fees for encroachments.

By-law No. 2003-446
Respecting encroachments on City highways.

Exotic Animal Entertainment Event

Schedule No. 8 of Licensing By-law No. 2002-189

Governs the conditions for being granted a permit for an exotic animal event.

Exotic Animal Rescue and Education Establishments

Schedule No. 9 of Licensing By-law No. 2002-189
Governs the conditions for being granted a permit for an animal rescue and education establishment.

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F

Fence

By-law No. 2003-462 - In effect as of January 1, 2004
The Fence By-law sets a maximum height for fences on residential properties at 2.13 metres (7 feet), and on industrial or commercial properties at 3 metres (9 feet, 10 inches). The By-law sets minimum standards for the maintenance and repair of fences. It institutes a "good neighbour policy" where the more attractive side of the fence must face toward the neighbouring property and street. Fences on agricultural lands are exempt from the height restrictions and maintenance standards contained in the by-law.
Hedges, bushes and trees that serve as natural screening are not defined as a fence and therefore the height and/or trimming of such is not regulated.
The by-law does not regulate where on or near your property line you should put the fence. It does not regulate how costs for the fence are determined by neighbouring property owners.

Fire Routes

By-law No. 2003-499
Respecting the designation and enforcement of fire routes.

Fireworks

By-law No. 2003-237

Regarding the sale and the setting off of fireworks within the City of Ottawa.

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G

Guns (Discharge of Firearms)

By-law No. 2002-344
Although the City of Ottawa does not regulate hunting, the Discharge of Firearms By-law No. 2002-344 regulates the discharge of firearms within the boundaries of the City of Ottawa for public safety.
For information about hunting specifically (e.g. open seasons), contact the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources at www.mnr.gov.on.ca or call 1-800-667-1940.

Graffiti Management

By-law No. 2008-01
A by-law of the City of Ottawa to prohibit the placement of graffiti on property and to require property be kept free of graffiti.

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I

Idling Control By-law

By-law No. 2007 - 266

Controls the idling of vehicles.

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J

Junk Mail (Voluntary Admail Reduction Program - No Junk Mail)

By-law No. 2003-493

Regulates the distribution of unaddressed advertising material.

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K

Kennels

Various by-laws respecting the licensing, regulating and governing of kennels are in effect.

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M

Marijuana Grow Operation Remediation

By-law No. 2012 – 402
A by-law of the City of Ottawa respecting the prohibition, inspection and remediation of buildings used for marijuana grow operations.

Municipal Addressing

By-law No. 2005-322
A by-law of the City of Ottawa respecting the naming of highways and the numbering of buildings and lots. Various by-laws regulating the placement and maintenance of civic numbers and/or 911 blades are in effect.
See Municipal Addressing for more information.

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N

Noise

By-law No. 2004-253

Regulates noise levels in the City.

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O

Official Plan Adoption

By-law No. 2003-203
A by-law to adopt a New Official Plan for the City of Ottawa.

Open Air Fire

By-law No. 2004-163 [PDF 3 MB]

Regulates conditions under which fires may be set in the open air.

Over Dimensional Vehicle

By-law No. 2003-497
Regulates the movement of over-dimensional vehicles on City highways.

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P

Parking

 

By-law No. 2003-530
Regulating traffic and parking on City highways.

 

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Parkland Dedication

By-law No. 2009- 385

A by-law of the City of Ottawa to amend By-law No. 2009-95 [ PDF426KB ] regarding parkland dedication.

Parks and Facilities

By-law No. 2004-276

Permanent Signs on Private Property

Permanent Signs of Private Property By-law 2005-439
A by-law of the City of Ottawa regulating permanent signs on private property.

See Permanent Signs on Private Property for more information.

Pet Shops

Various by-laws respecting the licensing, regulating and governing of pet shops are in effect.

Pool Enclosure

By-law No. 2013-39 [ PDF117KB ]
A by-law of the City of Ottawa to regulate enclosures for privately-owned outdoor pools, and to repeal By-law No. 2001-259.

See Pool Enclosure for more information.
View a detailed list of permits issued or a summary of permits issued by building type.

Private Approach

By-law No. 2003-447
Regulating private approaches including sightline issues, entrances, permit and installation fee, culvert installation, etc.

By-law No. 2013-396
A by-law of the City of Ottawa to amend By-law No. 2003-447 respecting fees for private approaches.

Private Roadways

By-law No. 2002-521
A by-law of the City of Ottawa respecting the naming of private roadways.

Property Maintenance

By-law No. 2005-208
A by-law respecting refuse or debris cleaning and cleaning of land and snow and ice removal.

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Property Standards

By-law No. 2005-207
A by-law of the City of Ottawa to provide for standards under which properties are maintained.

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Purchasing

By-law No. 50 of 2000
Being a by-law respecting the purchasing of goods, services and construction for the City of Ottawa.

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R

Residential Protective Plumbing Program for Sewer Backup Protection

By-law 2005-209

Regulates grants for the installation of protective plumbing to reduce the risk of basement or cellar flooding from City sewer backup for residential units.

Road Activity

By-law No. 2003-445
Regulates road activity including road cuts, emergency work, permits, reinstatement and backfill requirements, etc.

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S

Secondary Dwelling Units

By-law No. 2005-367
Effective September 2005, secondary dwelling units, also known as accessory apartments or "in-law suites" are now permitted in all areas of the City with the exception of the former Village of Rockliffe Park.

Sewer Connection

By-law No. 2003-513
Regulating sewer connection and sewage works.

Sewer Use

By-law No. 2003-514
A by-law of the City of Ottawa to regulate the control of discharges to sewers and sewage works

Shopping Cart By-law

By-law No. 2013-252 [ PDF - 253 KB ]
A by-law of the City of Ottawa respecting shopping carts on highways and City property.

Signs on City Roads

By-law No. 2003-520

Signs (Permanent Signs on Private Property)

Permanent Signs on Private Property By-law 2005-439
A by-law of the City of Ottawa regulating permanent signs on private property.

See Permanent Signs on Private Property for more information.

Signs (Temporary Signs on Private Property)

By-law No. 2004-239

Regulating the placement of temporary signs on private property.

Signs (Postering on Poster Collars)

By-law No. 2004-239

Poster collars are aluminium cylinders on lamp posts and utility poles in the downtown area that make it easy for you to display your posters.

Site Plan Control

By-law No. 2002-04
Designating the area within the limits of the City of Ottawa as an area of site plan control.

Smoke-free - Public Place

By-law No. 2001-148
Respecting smoking in public places.

Smoke-free - Workplace

By-law No. 2001-149

Respecting smoking in the workplace.

The City of Ottawa has enacted two smoke-free by-laws one regulating smoking in public places and the other smoking in workplaces pursuant to the provisions of the Smoke-Free Ontario Act. The by-laws prohibit smoking in indoor places and enclosed workplaces. The by-laws do not apply to highways but do apply to public transportation vehicles and taxicabs on the highway.

Federal and provincial government offices are regulated under the federal Non-Smokers' Health Act or the provincial Smoke Free Ontario Act, respectively, not by the municipal by-laws. The provincial Tobacco Control Act also prohibits smoking within 9 m of certain public institutions such as hospitals.

Any issues with respect to smoking outside of any building should be directed to building managers, not municipal by-law enforcement officers. Where possible, individuals who manage public buildings are encouraged to post signs near entryways requesting occupants and visitors to keep any smoking away from doorways and air intake.

Solid Waste

By-Law No. 2012-370 [ PDF - 309 KB ]
A by-law of the City of Ottawa to provide for solid waste management and to repeal By-law 2009-396.

Respecting the rules and regulations about the materials and setout of all waste categories.

Special Events

By-law No. 2001-260
Regulating special events on City highways.

Special Events on Public and Private Property

By-Law No. 2013-232 [ PDF - 115 KB ]
A by-law of the City of Ottawa respecting the permitting, regulating and governing of special events on public and private property.

Store Hours

Remembrance Day - By-law No. 2008-35
Respecting retail closure hours on November 11.

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Taxi By-law

By-law No. 2012 - 258 [ PDF - 376 KB ]

A by-law of the City of Ottawa to provide for the licensing, regulating and governing of taxicabs, taxicab drivers, taxi plate holders and taxicab brokers in the regulated area of the City of Ottawa, and to repeal By-law No. 2005-481.

Temporary Signs on Private Property

By-law No. 2004-239

Regulating the placement of temporary signs on private property.

Top Soil Preservation

Various by-laws of former municipalities regulating/prohibiting the removal of topsoil from lands in the municipality are in effect.

Traffic and Parking

By-law No. 2003-530
Regulating traffic and parking on City highways.

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Transit

By-Law No. 2007-268
A City by-law regulating public transit, including fares and transfers, proof of payment, transit passes, general prohibitions, Transitway guidelines, Park & Ride lots, permits, fees and enforcement

Tree Conservation – Urban

By-Law No. 2009-200
A by-law of the City of Ottawa to protect trees on private property in the urban area

Tree Protection

By-law No. 2006-279
Respecting the protection and maintenance of trees and natural areas on municipal property.

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Use and Care of Roads

By-law No. 2003-498
Regulate the use and care of roads including maintenance of boulevards, protection of roadways against oils or other substances, dumping of snow on roadways, etc.

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Voluntary Admail Reduction Program (No Junk Mail)

By-law No. 2003-493

A by-law to establish a program for the regulation of the distribution of unaddressed advertising material.

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Water

By-law No. 2013-360 [ PDF - 440 KB ]
Regulating the municipal water supply including use and analysis, permits, efficiency, connections, rates, wells, etc.

By-law No. 2013-374 [ PDF - 260 KB ]

To amend By-law No. 2013-360 regulating the municipal water supply. 

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Z

Zoning

Various by-laws regulating the use of land and the character and use of buildings and structures within the municipalities are in effect.

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