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Property Maintenance (By-law No. 2005-208)


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Property Maintenance (By-law No. 2005-208)

The Property Maintenance By-law (By-law No. 2005-208) regulates the clearing and cleaning of refuse, debris or snow and ice. For other property standards issues, please refer to Property Standards By-law (By-law No. 2013-416).


  • The Property Maintenance By-law regulates keeping roofs and surrounding lands of a building free from accumulations of snow or ice that might create an accident hazard.
  • The by-law regulates properly graded properties for drainage.
  • The by-law regulates storage of materials in and around your property.
  • The by-law regulates garbage disposal.
  • The by-law regulates the deposit and removal of refuse and debris.
  • The owner or occupant must clear the lands of heavy undergrowth, long grass and/or weeds so that it is consistent with the surrounding environment.

View the entire by-law:

Property Maintenance By-law (By-law No. 2005-208)

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