In new subdivisions, where public roads have been laid out as part of the registered plan of subdivision and are dedicated as public roads, the City of Toronto generally does not assume full responsibility of the physical maintenance of the roadway itself until the "warranty" period of the road, usually 2 years, has expired.

At that point, a report is submitted to the appropriate standing committee of Council, recommending that the road be fully assumed, meaning that the City takes full operational responsibility for the road (such as snow ploughing, maintenance, cleaning, as well as for traffic regulation. The City does not take on this full responsibility until a by-law is enacted in order to assume full responsibility for the road. Until that time, the developer of the subdivision is responsible for maintenance, as well as liability for damages, for example pot holes.

However, in certain circumstances, where a road has been dedicated under plan of subdivision and where the City has begun to provide basic services such as garbage pick up to residents as they move into the new subdivision, the City does have the authority, for safety reasons, to take on limited authority for the road. Due to safety concerns, we have enacted traffic regulations such as parking controls, stop controls, speed limits, and so forth, which have been approved by City Council and fully by-lawed and are enforceable. Further, the City's statutory 3 hour unsigned maximum parking limit would also be enforced by the Police.