Mandatory Downspout Disconnection
Toronto City Council has approved a bylaw making it mandatory for property owners to disconnect their downspouts. It will come into effect across the city in three phases. Disconnecting downspout(s) from the sewer system can reduce the risk of basement flooding and releasing polluted rainwater into our local waterways.
Find out more about the benefits.
High-pressure sales tactics – Mandatory Downspout Disconnection
Please be advised that the City does not support any private company selling downspout disconnection services. Only City bylaw officers are authorized to identify a property for non-compliance with a City bylaw. Property owners who believe that disconnecting their downspouts is not technically feasible or could cause a safety hazard can apply to the City for an exemption. To clear up any confusion about high-pressure sales tactics, call 311.
Download a Financial Assistance Application
The Mandatory Downspout Disconnection Financial Assistance program offers a reimbursement of the costs of labour and materials, up to a maximum of $500, for eligible low-income seniors or low-income persons with a disability. Review the information on eligibity and documents required prior to submitting an application.
Rollout begins late in 2011
When you need to disconnect
Find out when you are required to disconnect your property's downspouts by checking out the map. You can also view the Mandatory Downspout Disconnection Rollout map (PDF) and find out which ward you live in on the City of Toronto wards map (PDF).
Download an Exemption Application
In cases where it may not be technically feasible to disconnect your downspout or where disconnection would create a hazardous condition, you can apply to the City for an exemption.
Find out what supplies you'll need and "how to" steps to follow if you plan to disconnect your downspouts yourself - DIY - rather than hiring a City-licensed contractor to do the work..