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
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 this By-law, 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 City forces
undertaking any work will be applied to the tax rolls for the subject property.
The maximum fine for non-compliance with the Debris By-law is $5,000.
For information on how you or your organization can volunteer to adopt a street or park through
the City's LitterNot program contact By-law Enforcement at (905)
This information is for convenience and quick reference only. For specific information or to
register a complaint, contact the By-law Enforcement office at 3-1-1 (Monday to Friday from
7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.). If calling outside of City limits, please dial 905-615-4311. For an
emergency after hours, from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. weekends and holidays, please