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By-laws are enacted by Council in order to keep the community safe, ensure compatible property uses, and to keep the Town of Whitby a pleasing place to live and work in.

The Office of the Town Clerk maintains on file all of the administrative and regulatory by-laws of the Town of Whitby. Listed below are the most frequently requested by-laws.

By-laws accessed from our website are for information only . The by-law documents developed for website presentation are not official versions of the by-laws. In the consolidated version, the document format may be different; plans, pictures, graphics, or text may be missing or altered. The Town of Whitby does not warrant the accuracy of the website version and it may not be used or distributed for commercial purposes. An official version of all by-laws can be obtained from the Office of the Town Clerk.

By-law Guide

The By-law Guide provides a plain language summary of what residents and business owners should know about each of the Town of Whitby By-laws that relate to property maintenance and usage.

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By-law Services

Should you wish to file a complaint regarding a possible by-law contravention, please contact the By-law Services Division at 905.430.4345, send an email or  complete the online complaint form below. 

All complaints, including emails, must contain the complainant's name, address and phone number prior to a complaint being generated.  Please note that all personal information about complaints is kept in the strictest of confidence.

Animal Services

Should you wish to file a complaint regarding a possible animal related by-law contravention, please contact Animal Services at 905.655.0283, send an email or  complete the online complaint form below. 

All complaints, including emails, must contain the complainant's name, address and phone number prior to a complaint being generated.  Please note that all personal information about complaints is kept in the strictest of confidence.

Parking Services

For complaints regarding vehicle parking, please contact Parking Services at 905.430.4300 ext. 2292, send an email or complete the form below:  

Town By-laws

Name of By-law

Description

Accessory Apartments (6322-10) (PDF, 21 kB)

Accessory Apartments - Amendment (6311-10) (PDF, 79 kB)

Accessory Apartments - Amendment (6312-10) (PDF, 69.4 kB)  

A by-law requiring the registry of accessory

apartments and setting out minimum standards for accessory apartments.

 Accessory Structures (Garages/Sheds) - Amending By-Law 1784

(PDF, 97 kB)

Accessory Structures (Garages/Sheds) - Amending By-Law 2585

(PDF, 88 kB)  

A by-law regulating the size, location and design of accessory structures such as sheds and garages.

Adult Magazines and Sale of Videos (PDF, 292 kB) 

A by-law to regulate the sale of adult magazines and adult videos.

Animals - Cats and Dogs (keeping of) (PDF, 360 kB)

A by-law setting standards for the keeping of cats and dogs within the Town.

Animals - Ferrets (keeping of) (PDF, 118 kB) 

A by-law setting standards for the keeping of

ferrets within the Town.

Animals - Running at Large, Keeping of, Regulating the Keeping of (PDF, 1.0 MB)  

A by-law prohibiting animals from running at

large within the Town.

Anti-Idling (PDF, 63 kB)  

 A by-law restricting the amount of time that a vehicle operator may idle a vehicle.

Boulevards (PDF, 100 kB) 

A by-law regulating the types of materials that may be placed on boulevards and requiring property owners and occupants to maintain boulevards adjacent to their property.

Bridge Weight Limit (Bridge no. 14) (PDF, 18 kB)

Bridge Weight Limit (Bridge no. 23 and no. 25) (PDF, 18 kB)  

A by-law to set maximum vehicle weights on bridges within the Town.
Building (PDF, 722 kB)

Building Amendment (PDF, 35 kB)  

A by-law to provide for the administration and enforcement of the Building Code Act within the Town.

Business Licensing (PDF, 4.0 MB)

Business Licensing Amendment 1 (PDF, 1.32 MB)

Business Licensing Amendment 2 (PDF, 41 kB)

Business Licensing Amendment 3 (PDF, 26 kB)

Business Licensing Amendment 4 (PDF, 85 kB)

Business Licensing Amendment 5 (PDF, 79 kB)  

A by-law regulating certain types of businesses within the Town including taxicabs, limousines, pawn brokers, second-hand shops, food premises, salvage yards, refreshment vehicles, body-rub parlours, auctioneers and lodging houses.

Cemeteries (PDF, 143 kB)  

A by-law to provide for the maintenance, management, regulation and control of certain cemeteries within the Town.

Cleaning and Clearing of Lands (PDF, 146 kB)  

A by-law requiring owners and occupants of properties to trim and control long grass and weeds and to clean-up garbage and debris.

Crossing of Curbs and Boulevards (PDF, 309 kB)  

A by-law regulating the crossing of curbs, boulevards and sidewalks by construction vehicles.

Culverts (PDF, 175 kB) 

A by-law regulating the construction of culverts on roads and streets within the Town.

Decks, Residential (PDF, 205 kB)  

A by-law establishing distances from property lines and other standards for decks, porches and other structures.

Development Charges (PDF, 826 kB)  

A by-law establishing development charges within the Town. 

Encroachments on Highways (PDF, 20 kB) 

A by-law establishing maximum distances that window air-conditioners, eaves, awnings and similar items may project over highways within the Town.

Fees for Services and Activities (PDF, 2.82 mb)  

A by-law establishing various fees for services and activities undertaken by the Public Works Department.

Fencing (PDF, 404 kB)

Fencing Amendment 1 (PDF, 25 kB)

Fencing Amendment 2 (PDF, 28 kB)

Fencing Amendment 3 (PDF, 435 kB) 

A by-law regulating the maximum height for fences and establishing specific standards for fences surrounding swimming pools.

Fencing Cost Sharing (PDF, 253 kB)  

A by-law to provide for the apportionment of costs of property line divisional fences.

Fill Control (PDF, 591 kB)  

A by-law to regulate the placing or dumping of fill, the removal of topsoil and the grading of land within the Town.

Fire Routes (PDF, 448 kB)  

A by-law establishing standards for the creation of fire routes within the Town.

Firearms Discharge (PDF, 375 kB)  

A by-law to regulate the discharge of firearms in certain defined areas of the Town of Whitby.

Fires (PDF, 238 kB)  

A by-law regulating the setting of fires within the Town. 

Fireworks (Sale and Dishcharge Of) (PDF, 51 kB)  

A by-law regulating the sale and discharge of fireworks within the Town.

Fortification (PDF, 196 kB)  

A by-law regulating the fortification of land within the Town.

Home Based Business - Amendment to By-law 1784 (46 kB)

Home Based Business - Amendment to By-law 2585 (51 kB)

Home Based Business - Amendment to Oak Ridges By-law (46 kB)

Being by-laws to permit home based businesses (HBBs) in any zone that permits a dwelling unit subject to the criteria outlined in the Zoning By-laws.

Littering (PDF, 168 kB)  

A by-law prohibiting littering and illegal dumping within the Town.

Lotteries (PDF, 207 kB)  

A by-law requiring that certain types of lotteries, bingo lotteries and raffles obtain a licence. 

Marinas, Harbours and Ports (PDF, 447 kB)

A by-law governing and regulating the operation of municipally owned, leased and operated recreational mairnas, harbours and ports in the Town.

Motorcycles on Town Property (PDF, 286 kB)  

A by-law regulating and prohibiting the use of motorcycles and pocket bikes on Town property.

Motorized Snow Vehicles (PDF, 157 kB) 

A by-law to regulate the use of motorized snow vehicles on highways, sidewalks and Town property.

Noise (PDF, 195 kB)  

A by-law establishing standards related to the emission of noise at various times of day and night within the Town.

Outdoor Sidewalk Patio Cafes (PDF, 213 kB) 

A by-law to licence, regulate and control outdoor sidewalk patio cafes within the Town. 

Parking - Municipal Parking Lots (PDF, 322 kB)

Parking - Municipal Parking Lots Amendment 1 (PDF, 74 kB)

Parking - Municipal Parking Lots Amendment 2 (PDF, 220 kB)

Parking - Municipal Parking Lots Amendment 3 (PDF, 21 kB) 

A by-law prescribing standards for parking and establishing the parking rates in the Town's off-street municipal parking lots.

Parking - Private (Amending By-law Attached) (PDF, 317 kB)  

A by-law regulating parking on private property.

Parks (PDF, 346 kB)

Parks - Access to Baycliffe Park (Amending By-law: Parks)

(PDF, 11 kB)  

A by-law setting standards for activities within Town parks.

Pre-Consultation (PDF, 118 kB)  

A by-law requiring applicants to consult with the Town of Whitby prior to submitting development applications.
Procedure (PDF, 200 kB) A by-law to provide rules for governing the order and procedures of the Council of the Town of Whitby.

Property Disposal (PDF, 356 kB)  

 A by-law establishing procedures for the disposal of surplus real property.

Property Numbering (PDF, 2.75 MB) 

A by-law requiring that properties be identified through address numbers.

Property Standards (PDF, 352 kB)

A by-law prescribing minimum maintenance and repair standards for all properties within the Town.

Public Nuisance (PDF,  70 kB)

 A by-law to control and abate nuisance behaviour within the Town.

Racing of Motorized Snow Vehicles (PDF, 298 kB) 

A by-law requiring the licensing of motorized snow vehicle races.

Racing of Motorized Vehicles (PDF, 231 kB)  

A by-law prohibiting the racing of motorized vehicles within the Town.

Replica Firearms (PDF, 103 kB)

A by-law to regulate the sale and possession of replica firearms within the Town.

Road Occupancy and Municipal Access (PDF, 240 kB)

A by-law establishing standards related to road occupancy and municipal access.
Signs, Permanent (PDF, 866 kB) A by-law creating a set of standards and a requirement for permits for permanent signs. 
Signs, Temporary (PDF, 749 kB) A by-law creating a set of standards and a requirement for permits for temporary signs.

Site Plan Control (PDF, 896 kB)

A by-law to designate the Town of Whitby as a site plan control area.

Smoke Alarms (PDF, 245 kB)

A by-law requiring smoke alarms in dwelling units. 
Smoking in Outdoor Public Places (PDF, 69 kB)A by-law to regulate smoking in outdoor public places.
Snow and Ice Removal from Roofs and Sidewalks (PDF, 211 kB) A by-law requiring the removal of snow and ice from sidewalks.

Street Vendor (PDF, 138 kB)  

A by-law prohibiting retail sales on roads and streets and on vacant lots. 

Temporary Highway Closing (PDF, 202 kB)  

A by-law regulating the temporary closing of streets and roads for recreational, community or cinematographic purposes.
Towing By-law  (PDF, 196 kB)A by-law regulating the towing and impounding of vehicles from private property within the Town.

Traffic (PDF, 1.48 MB)

A by-law regulating traffic and vehicle parking within the Town.
Transmission Equipment (PDF, 722 kB) A by-law to authorize and regulate transmission equipment on highways and in public places.
Tree Cutting (Regional) (PDF, 42 kB) A Regional by-law prohibiting and regulating the destruction of trees in any woodlands.
Tree Protection (Town) (PDF, 357 kB) A by-law prohibiting and regulating the destruction of certain trees within the Town.
Vehicle Dimensions and Weight Limits on Highways (PDF, 291 kB)

Vehicle Dimensions and Weight Limits on Highways Amendment (PDF, 69 kB)

A by-law establishing maximum sizes and weight limits for vehicles travelling on highways within the Town.
Waste Management (PDF, 597 kB) A by-law creating standards for garbage and waste collection within the Town.
Waterfowl (PDF, 82 kB)A by-law prohibiting the feeding of waterfowl on Town property.
Zoning 2585 (PDF, 6.9 MB)A by-law establishing regulations and development standards for various property classes within the Town.