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Yard and Lot Maintenance By-law

Open GarbageWe would all like to live in a place where things are kept clean and where we feel safe. The City of London PW-9 By-law is in place to make certain that refuse is not being hoarded, dumped, or poorly contained on properties.

This by-law is primarily enforced through community complaints; however there are certain areas in the City which are enforced proactively on a regular basis due to a history and high volume of complaints.



Some common violations we see include:

  • grass and weeds over 20 cm (8 inches) in height
  • new and used construction materials
  • inoperative/unlicensed motor vehicles
  • motor vehicle parts and accessories, tires, rims, mechanical equipment
  • refrigerator, freezer, stove, other appliances
  • open garbage, kitchen waste, cans, containers, dishes, cardboard, food refuse, indoor furniture
  • shopping cart, pipes, water or fuel tanks
  • grass clippings tree cuttings, brush, leaves, garden refuse
  • stock pile of soil or aggregate material
  • accumulation of water exceeding 30 cm (12 inches) without a temporary barrier
  • unmaintained swimming pool water
  • graffiti
  • uncontained refuse
  • refuse container without cover
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