The City of Toronto has parks bylaws to regulate, protect, and govern public parks so that everyone can enjoy the park experience equally.
The bylaws address:
- Alcohol consumption
- Amplified noise without a permit
- Events with no permit
- Illegal dumping and storing materials on parkland
- Illegal vending
What Can I do in Designated Areas?
- Let dogs off leash
- Play sports (ski, ice skate, roller blade, etc.)
- Drive a vehicle (on roadway only)
What do I Need a Permit to do?
- Drink and serve alcohol
- Sell food, drinks, art, services or work
- Take professional photographs or film
- Distribute and post flyers or advertising
- Play organized sports
- Use portable and charcoal BBQs
- Light, build or stoke an open fire/bonfire
- Have a picnic or event with more than 25 people
- If you are a licensed dog walker, maintain control of up to six dogs
- Park a vehicle overnight
Permits are granted by the City of Toronto, except for permits to serve alcohol, issued through the AGCO.
Can I be Fined for Breaking the Bylaws?
Yes. Fines range from $100 to $300 for offences such as letting your dog off leash (except in off-leash areas) and drinking, selling or serving alcohol in a park without a permit.