Debris By-law Information 219-85
The purpose of the Debris By-law is to prohibit the accumulation of litter and debris on all
City or private property as well as requiring that dangerous situations such as open pits and
wells be protected, filled or drained. It is an offence under the By-law for any
private property owner to allow litter and debris to accumulate on private property.
It is an offence to dump any debris on private property without the consent of the property
owner or to dump debris on any City property without the consent of the City.
Private property owners who are or have experienced problems with illegal dumping are
encouraged to take steps to protect their property from such occurrences. These steps may
include posting No Dumping signs or prohibiting access to the property (i.e. vacant properties
or properties that are closed overnight).
This By-law also requires that areas on private property with an accumulation of water
that is a health or safety hazard be filled or drained. This does not apply to natural ponds or
water courses. Further, any dangerous area on a property such as an open pit or well that could
constitute a hazard to any person shall be drained or filled in immediately.
In the event that a property owner fails to comply with the provisions of the Debris
By-law 219-85, as amended, City staff have the authority to take whatever action is required to
remove the debris or fill in or drain a dangerous area or accumulation of water. Any costs
associated with the City undertaking any work will be applied to the tax rolls for the
The maximum fine for non-compliance with the Debris By-law is $5, 000.00.
This information is for convenience and quick reference only. For information on how you or
your organization can volunteer to adopt a street or a park through the City's Litternot
program, for specific information or to register a complaint contact the Compliance and
Licensing Enforcement Section by dialling 3-1-1 (Monday to Friday from 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.).
If calling outside City limits, please dial 905-615-4311. For an emergency after hours from
7:00 p.m. - 7:00 a.m. and weekends and holidays, please dial 905 615-3000.