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Good neighbours, safer communities; property standards reminders to keep Brampton beautiful

​We all have a role to play in keeping Brampton a clean and green community. It is a critical part of being a good neighbour and building a safer community. As the warm weather approaches and City staff continue to maintain community streets and parks, residents are reminded of the property standards by-laws​ that enhance the beauty of neighbourhoods and contribute to a safe and healthy community for everyone. 

Knowing property standard by-laws ensures Brampton remains safe, clean and beautiful for residents and visitors alike and the City is sharing helpful reminders.

Grass cutting and yard maintenance

As the Parks, Maintenance and Forestry crews continue to mow grass and manage weeds in parks and along boulevards, residents are encouraged to do the same in their yards. Here are a few tips to remember:

  • Yards should be free from dead, decayed or damaged trees.
  • Yards should be protected with suitable ground cover that prevents soil erosion and reduces water runoff, such as grass, mulch or any other surface that allows water to be absorbed by the ground.
  • Hedges, shrubs, bushes, trees and vegetation should be maintained and trimmed to ensure the safety, visibility and passage of the general public.
  • Lawns on private property should not exceed eight inches or 20 centimetres and should be repaired when damaged. If your grass is taller than a soccer ball, it is time to cut it. 

Recreational vehicle storage

Trailers and recreational vehicles can be stored on residential properties, provided they meet the location and size (trailer sizes include any attachments) regulations. Visit this website​ for a full list of eligible trailer dimensions and their permitted parking areas on private properties. 

Pools, hot tubs, fences and sheds 

Accessory structures on properties, such as swimming pools, hot tubs, fences and sheds, require a permit to be installed and have specific size requirements depending on the type of structure and lot size. Before beginning a project to install a new accessory structure, residents must contact Zoning Services for specific guidelines and obtain a building permit.

The City’s Line Fence By-law helps ensure the safety of all residents and road users with specific sightline and visibility requirements. Fences in the side and rear yards are not permitted to exceed two metres in height, while fences in the front yard cannot exceed one metre in height. For more information, contact City of Brampton Zoning Services

As per Brampton’s Pool Enclosure By-law, a pool enclosure, such as fences and gates, must be installed and maintained to protect the public from easily accessing bodies of water on private property and to prevent water accidents such as falling in or drowning. Hot tubs should also be equipped with a substantial cover that can hold up to 200 pounds. The cover must also be fitted to the hot tub and locked in place when not in use.

Permissible driveway dimensions

A residential driveway is a hard and level surface where vehicles can drive and park. A driveway may consist of asphalt, pavement, concrete, patterned concrete, compacted gravel/dirt, interlocking brick and paving stone. The City of Brampton regulates driveway dimensions to ensure proper drainage that prevents flooding, to maintain groundwater sources and to uphold property standards. A permit is required for widening a driveway when a curb cut is being requested. Visit the City’s website​ for more information about driveways in Brampton. ​

Proper waste removal

Residents are required to keep their property free from garbage, debris and hazardous or unsightly conditions. 

In partnership with the Region of Peel​, the City of Brampton helps ensure the proper disposal of garbage and debris and provides guidelines around properly storing Peel Region waste carts. Waste carts must be stored in the garage, side yard between houses or backyard. In some cases, waste carts may be stored in the front yard if:

  • a side yard is less than one metre
  • access to the rear yard is less than the width of a waste cart
  • there is no accessory building, carport or garage
  • a single-car garage is a required parking spot
  • there is no reasonable alternative (e.g. stairs to access side or rear yard)

Visit this website for more information. 

About City of Brampton Enforcement and By-law Services 

The City of Brampton is committed to ensuring the safety, well-being and prosperity of the community through by-laws that help maintain a high quality of life for Brampton residents and businesses. Knowing and following by-laws helps everyone enjoy a clean, safe neighbourhood and shared public spaces. To learn more, visit

If in need of by-law assistance or looking for more information about Brampton’s by-laws, residents can submit and track service requests by calling 3-1-1, through the 311 Brampton app or by visiting Service Brampton online at at​. In-person services are available at multiple locations, visit the web page for locations and hours. 


“We all share the responsibility of upholding property standards to ensure Brampton remains a vibrant community. By adhering to these by-laws, residents can preserve the beauty of local neighbourhoods and contribute to a safer and healthier environment for everyone. Our dedicated by-law enforcement officers, many of whom are residents themselves, work tirelessly to educate residents and uphold by-laws. Together, through our collective efforts, we can work towards keeping Brampton clean and beautiful and a place we are proud to call home." - Robert Higgs, Director, By-law and Enforcement, City of Brampton 


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