Community Standards Bylaw (CSB)

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Good neighbours make great neighbourhoods!


Did you know nearly 3,100 residents participated in the October 2020 Community Standards Bylaw Survey? We know this is important to you, and invite you to participate in the next stage of this Bylaw as it passes through Council.

The Community Standards Bylaw (CSB) passed its first reading on April 27, 2021, and second and third reading are expected to take place on May 11, 2021. Residents of the Wood Buffalo region are invited to share their feedback by registering to speak as delegate, or by submitting their written comments for review during the May 11 meeting.


What is the Community Standards Bylaw?

The CSB is an amalgamation and modernization of five existing Bylaws, which allows for residents to easily locate information about standards for neighborhood issues including noise, yard and property maintenance and nuisances. A copy of the Bylaw is available in the CSB Documents section of this web page.


What is included in the Bylaw?

The Community Standards Bylaw includes standards for neighborhood issues including noise, yard and property maintenance and nuisances. These Bylaws have been in effect in the region for many years, but are proposed to live in one document.

Once approved, the CSB will see the following repealed:

  • Nuisance Property Bylaw No. 00/078
  • Noise Bylaw No. 83/24
  • Nuisance Weed Bylaw No. 91/05
  • Public Disturbance Bylaw No. 02/11
  • Multiple sections of the Roads and Transportation Bylaw No. 02/079

The addition of regulations for the following are also included:

  • Idling: No Person shall cause or permit the idling of a parked vehicle in a residential area for more than 30 minutes at any time. 4.4.2. Section 4.4.1 applies to all vehicles, except for:
    • (a) an emergency vehicle; or
    • (b) when outside temperatures are above 30°C or below -20°C.

  • Panhandling: A Person shall not engage in Panhandling:
    • (a) in a manner which obstructs or impedes the convenient passage of pedestrians or vehicles on a street, Sidewalk or within a Public Place;
    • (b) in such a manner as to threaten, insult, or harass other users of the street;
    • (c) from any Person who is an occupant of a Motor Vehicle; or
    • (d) from any Person who has already refused or declined the solicitation.

  • Loitering: No Person shall loiter in any Public Place in a manner that obstructs or delays any other Person.

  • Urination, defecation, and spitting in public: A Person shall not urinate, defecate or spit in a Public Place except in a facility designed and intended for such use.

How Can Residents Share Their Feedback?

Residents are invited to share their feedback by registering to speak as delegate at the second reading of the Bylaw on May 11, 2021. Alternatively, community members can share their feedback by submitting written comments online by clicking here or by emailing Legislative.Assistants@rmwb.ca. Your submission must include your full name and clearly indicate support or opposition of the proposed Bylaw and/or specified section of the proposed bylaw.

Registration deadline: May 10, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. MST

Good neighbours make great neighbourhoods!


Did you know nearly 3,100 residents participated in the October 2020 Community Standards Bylaw Survey? We know this is important to you, and invite you to participate in the next stage of this Bylaw as it passes through Council.

The Community Standards Bylaw (CSB) passed its first reading on April 27, 2021, and second and third reading are expected to take place on May 11, 2021. Residents of the Wood Buffalo region are invited to share their feedback by registering to speak as delegate, or by submitting their written comments for review during the May 11 meeting.


What is the Community Standards Bylaw?

The CSB is an amalgamation and modernization of five existing Bylaws, which allows for residents to easily locate information about standards for neighborhood issues including noise, yard and property maintenance and nuisances. A copy of the Bylaw is available in the CSB Documents section of this web page.


What is included in the Bylaw?

The Community Standards Bylaw includes standards for neighborhood issues including noise, yard and property maintenance and nuisances. These Bylaws have been in effect in the region for many years, but are proposed to live in one document.

Once approved, the CSB will see the following repealed:

  • Nuisance Property Bylaw No. 00/078
  • Noise Bylaw No. 83/24
  • Nuisance Weed Bylaw No. 91/05
  • Public Disturbance Bylaw No. 02/11
  • Multiple sections of the Roads and Transportation Bylaw No. 02/079

The addition of regulations for the following are also included:

  • Idling: No Person shall cause or permit the idling of a parked vehicle in a residential area for more than 30 minutes at any time. 4.4.2. Section 4.4.1 applies to all vehicles, except for:
    • (a) an emergency vehicle; or
    • (b) when outside temperatures are above 30°C or below -20°C.

  • Panhandling: A Person shall not engage in Panhandling:
    • (a) in a manner which obstructs or impedes the convenient passage of pedestrians or vehicles on a street, Sidewalk or within a Public Place;
    • (b) in such a manner as to threaten, insult, or harass other users of the street;
    • (c) from any Person who is an occupant of a Motor Vehicle; or
    • (d) from any Person who has already refused or declined the solicitation.

  • Loitering: No Person shall loiter in any Public Place in a manner that obstructs or delays any other Person.

  • Urination, defecation, and spitting in public: A Person shall not urinate, defecate or spit in a Public Place except in a facility designed and intended for such use.

How Can Residents Share Their Feedback?

Residents are invited to share their feedback by registering to speak as delegate at the second reading of the Bylaw on May 11, 2021. Alternatively, community members can share their feedback by submitting written comments online by clicking here or by emailing Legislative.Assistants@rmwb.ca. Your submission must include your full name and clearly indicate support or opposition of the proposed Bylaw and/or specified section of the proposed bylaw.

Registration deadline: May 10, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. MST

  • Community Standards at a Glance

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    Community Standards Bylaw At a Glance
    Noise Control
    Noise from your property should not disturb your neighbour's peace before 7:00 a.m. or after 10:00 p.m. Monday through Friday or before 9:00 a.m. or after 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday or a statutory holiday.
    Construction Activity
    Construction hours are 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. (Monday – Friday) and 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. (Saturday – Sunday or a statutory holiday).
    Littering and Dumping
    Discarding litter in a public place, including a Charity Collection Site, except in a receptacle intended for such use, is not permitted. Business owners must ensure litter is not allowed to accumulate.
    Graffiti
    Graffiti is not permitted on any building without prior written consent of the property owner.
    Panhandling
    Panhandling is not permitted in a manner that obstructs or impedes the convenient passage of people or vehicles within a public place. Nor is it permitted when someone has already refused or declined the solicitation.
    Idling
    Parked vehicles mustn't idle for more than 30 minutes at any time, except when temperatures are above 30 degrees or minus 20 degrees Celsius.
    Nuisance on Property
    Nuisances are not permitted on residential property. Examples of nuisance include: excessive weeds, grass higher than 15 centimetres, loose litter or garbage, excessive accumulation of building material or vehicle parts, and damaged/deteriorated fencing.
    Sidewalks
    Snow/ice must be removed from any sidewalk within 48 hours after the snow/ice is deposited.
    Boulevards
    Residents are required to maintain any boulevard adjacent to the property they own or occupy by keeping grass cut to a length of no more than 15 centimetres and removing any excessive accumulation of weeds, leaves, or other debris.
    Water, Eaves Trough and Downspouts
    Drainage from downspouts, eaves throughs or sump pumps must not be directed onto an adjacent property, sidewalk, or public space.