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Bylaws related to public behaviour

Updated September 30, 2015

The Public Behaviour Bylaw was established to regulate problematic social behaviours that may have a negative impact on the enjoyment of public spaces in Calgary. Here is an overview of our bylaw:

  • Fighting is prohibited in public places.
  • Defecating and urinating are prohibited in public places as well in public while on private property.
  • Spitting is not permitted in any public place or in public or private property.
  • Loitering that obstructs other people in public places is prohibited.
  • Standing or placing one's feet on tables, benches, planters, or sculptures is not permitted in a public place.
  • No person shall carry a knife that is visible in a public place.
 
Fines for violations of these regulations range between $50 and $300.

Related bylaws

Our  Public Behaviour Bylaw was established to regulate problematic social behaviours that may have a negative impact on the enjoyment of public spaces in Calgary.

This page is an overview of these regulations. Please refer to the actual bylaw for more detailed information. Original copies of the bylaw are available from the City Clerk's office

Filing a complaint

How to file a complaint and what happens to it

To report a bylaw violation please:

  • Call 911 if an incident involves fighting or knives and/or is in progress.
  • If the violation is not criminal in nature, please call 311 (from within Calgary) or 403-268-CITY (2489) (from outside Calgary).

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