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Clothing Donation Box (By-law No. 2013-98)


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Clothing Donation Box (By-law No. 2013-98)

The City's Clothing Donation Box By-law (By-law No. 2013-98) was enacted to respond to the increasing concerns about improperly maintained clothing donation boxes that often displayed misleading signage. For information on the mandatory signage requirements for clothing donation boxes, please refer to the by-law.


The Clothing Donation Box By-law provides that non-profit organizations and for-profit businesses can place clothing donation boxes on private property (non-residential) with the following requirements:

  • Permission of the property owner.
  • The donation box must be properly maintained.
  • The area surrounding the donation box must be maintained in accordance with property standards and maintenance regulations.
  • The boxes must display signage that clearly identifies that the operator is a charity, non-private organization or a for-profit business; and, the name and address of both the property owner and clothing box operator must also be identified.

View the entire by-law:

Clothing Donation Box By-law (By-law No. 2013-98)

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