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Bylaw enforcement - snow clearing - private property

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Steps, landings, walks, driveways (including mutual driveways), parking spaces, ramps and similar areas of a yard must be cleared of snow and ice within 24 hours of a snowfall to provide safe access and egress for persons and vehicles. This applies to all properties including commerical properties.

A landlord is also required to keep roofs and roof structures free from any dangerous accumulation of snow and ice and any loose objects that may constitute a hazard. However, normal seasonal accumulations of snow and ice would not need to be addressed by the owner.

The City does not have a stand-alone snow removal bylaw - snow removal is covered under the Property Standards - Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 629.

If you wish to file a complaint about a private property owner not clearing snow from private property, you can submit a service request online at, or call 311.

For more information about the bylaws enforced by Municipal Licensing & Standards, visit the website and select your area, or go to the website for information about the enforcement of apartment buildings.