By-law Enforcement

Property Standards and Lot Maintenance By-laws

The Property Standards and Lot Maintenance by-laws set minimum standards for the upkeep of building, yards and properties in Oakville for the promotion of health, safety, comfort, convenience and general welfare of residents.

Examples of standards covered by the Property Standards and Lot Maintenance by-law:

  • Graffiti
  • Yards, vacant land and buildings
  • Pest prevention in rental properties
  • Minimum heat for rental properties
  • Dead or dying trees on private property

Owners’ responsibility:

All property owners are required to maintain and repair properties to comply with the town’s Property Standards and Lot Maintenance by-laws and ensure all buildings, structures, and yards are kept clean, tidy, and free of any garbage or waste. Owners are also responsible for conducting regularly checkups on any properties that are being rented out to ensure no by-law violations exist and that tenants are aware of the Property Standard and Lot Maintenance by-law requirements.

Tenant responsibility:

Before contacting the town about a possible property standards violations it is recommended that you notify your landlord about any issues on the property. Give a reasonable time frame that you would expect these issues to be addressed before calling enforcement services.

Landlord Tenant Board

The Landlord Tenant Board is a provincial body that resolves:

  • Disputes between residential landlords and tenants
  • Eviction applications filed by non-profit housing co-operatives

For more information on the Landlord Tenant Board, visit the Social Justice Tribunals Ontario website.

Fence by-law

If you are planning to build a fence, make sure it complies with the town’s fence by-law. Visit our home and property projects page for more information.

Nuisance by-law

Nuisance By-law 2007-143 regulates activities at one property that keeps someone from enjoying themselves on another property. These activities may include:

  • creating vibrations
  • putting smoke, dust, objectionable odours or other waste into the air
  • shining lights directly from one property into another property

Sign by-law

By-law enforcement officers enforce the regulations of the Sign By-law 2018-153, which provides regulations for signs and other advertising devices within the town.

Examples of signs regulated:

  • Ground signs
  • Fascia signs
  • Mobile signs
  • Advertising signs
  • Election signs

For more information, visit the Sign Permit page.


Often issues arise the have a negative impact on neighbour relations but no by-law has been broken. In these cases where mediation may assist in resolving the issue, visit the Community Conflict Resolution Services of Halton (CCRS Halton) website.

Frequently requested by-laws

Find information related to the most frequently requested by-laws, including links to access the PDF version of a by-law and its amendments, on our frequently requested by-laws page.

Contact Enforcement Services

For more information, or to file a complaint, contact Enforcement Services:

Monday through Friday (excluding holidays)
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.