A by-law is a municipal law passed under the authority of a Provincial Act. By-laws are the laws that govern Towns, Cities and Villages. 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.

Common Concerns

Below, please find links which will direct you to more information about the most common by-law enforcement concerns:

By-law Guide for Residents

For a simple guide about the most common Town by-laws that relate to properties and maintenance, please view the By-law Guide for Residents (PDF, 2,117 kB).


By-law Services is responsible for issuing permits for pool enclosures, mobile signs and accessory apartments.  For more information about any of these permits, please use the links below:

Business Licences

For reasons of public health, safety and fairness in business practices, the Town licences certain types of businesses. Business licensing procedures and regulations differ from one municipality to another, so it is imperative to check with By-law Services before opening a business in Whitby.

Business Licensing By-laws:


By-law Services licences and inspects taxicabs in the Town of Whitby to ensure that they are in a safe operating condition and that taxi meters are accurate. For concerns or issues related to either standard or accessible taxicabs, including concerns related to the availability of accessible taxicabs, please contact By-law Services at 905-430-4345 or email

Business Licensing Application Forms

Please allow 5 to 10 business days to process your business licensing application.

Report a Concern

By-law Services is located at the Garden Street Branch Office, 3050 Garden St., #102, Whitby, ON. The office hours for the Garden Street Branch Office are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

Please note that by-law enforcement is principally undertaken in response to complaints from persons who are directly impacted by a contravention. To file a complaint regarding a possible by-law contravention, please contact By-law Services by email or complete the online complaint form below.

All complaints, including emails, must contain the complainant's name, address and phone number.  Please note that all personal information about complainants is kept confidential.

Vehicle Parking Concerns

Parking Services is located at the Garden Street Branch Office, 3050 Garden St., #102, Whitby, ON. The office hours for the Garden Street Branch Office are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

For complaints regarding vehicle parking, please contact Parking Services at 905.430.4322, send an email or complete the form below:

Frequently Requested By-laws

By-law Listing

Name of By-law


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

A by-law requiring the registry of accessory apartments and setting out minimum standards for accessory apartments.

Adult Magazines and Sale of Videos (PDF, 58 kB) 

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

Animals - Responsible Pet Ownership (PDF, 254 kB)

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

Animals - Prohibited and Regulated Animals (PDF, 588 kB)

A by-law to prohibit and regulate the keeping of various types of animals within the Town.

Anti-Idling (PDF, 63 kB)  

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

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.

Business Licensing (PDF, 765 kB)

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

Cannabis Restrictions (PDF, 762 kB)

A by-law regulating where recreational cannabis can be consumed in the Town.

Cemeteries (PDF, 53 kB)  

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

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.

Development Charges (PDF, 826 kB)  

A by-law establishing development charges within the Town. 

Encroachments (PDF, 304 kB)

A by-law to prohibit and regulate encroachments onto Town property.

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, 1.17 MB)  

A by-law establishing various fees for services and activities undertaken by the Town of Whitby. It is also known as the Fees and Charges By-law. 

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.

Fence Cost Sharing (PDF, 60 kB)  

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

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, 44 kB)  

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

Fireworks (Sale and Dishcharge Of) (PDF, 87 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.

Group Home Licensing By-law

A by-law regulating Group Homes within the Town.

Littering (PDF, 57 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, 53 kB)  

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

Motorized Snow Vehicles (PDF, 57 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) 

By-laws prescribing standards for parking and establishing the parking rates in the Town's municipal parking lots.

Parking - Enforcement on Private Property (PDF, 317 kB)  

A by-law to prohibit parking of vehicles on property without the consent of the property owner/occupant.

Parks (PDF, 276 kB)  

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

Pre-Consultation (PDF, 118 kB)  

A by-law requiring applicants to consult with the Town of Whitby prior to submitting development applications.

Private Transportation Services (PDF, 569 kB)

A by-law regulating certain types of businesses within the Town including limousines, taxicabs, and transportation network companies.

Procedure (PDF, 251 kB)

A by-law to provide rules for governing the order and procedures of the Council of the Town of Whitby.

Property and Boulevard Maintenance (PDF, 543 kB)

A by-law requiring that lands and yards, including the boulevard, be maintained free of long grass and weeds, garbage and debris, and that sidewalks be cleared of ice and snow.

Property Disposal (PDF, 356 kB)  

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

New Property Numbering By-law

- In effect January 1, 2020
(PDF, 825 kB)

A by-law requiring that properties be identified through address numbers and establishing the minimum size for 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.

Refreshment Vehicle (PDF, 2 MB)

A by-law to licence Refreshment Vehicles and regulate Refreshment Vehicles within the Town of Whitby.

Replica Firearms (PDF, 61 kB)

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

Residential Construction Dust (PDF, 1MB)

A by-law regulating the emission of dust from residential construction 

Road Occupancy and Municipal Access (PDF, 240 kB)

A by-law establishing standards related to road occupancy and municipal access.

Site Alteration (PDF, 296 kB)

A by-law to prohibit or regulate any alteration to the grade (topography) of land and the use of municipal highways through the movement, removal, or placement of topsoil, soil, fill, or other material.

Signs, Permanent (PDF, 707 kB)

A by-law creating a set of standards and a requirement for permits for permanent signs. 

Signs, Temporary (PDF, 476 kB)

A by-law creating a set of standards and a requirement for permits for temporary signs.

Site Plan Control (PDF, 254 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 Restrictions (PDF, 752 kB)

A by-law to regulate smoking in outdoor public places and Town property.

Storm Sewer By-law (PDF, 232 kB)

A by-law to prohibit, regulate, and control discharges into land drainage works, connections to storm sewers, and the sewer system.

Street Vendor (PDF, 56 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.

Zoning 2585 (PDF, 7.27 MB)

Zoning 1784 (PDF, 11.96 MB)

Zoning 5581-05 (PDF, 4.74 MB)

By-laws establishing regulations and development standards for various property classes within the Town.