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Bylaws related to composting

Updated September 30, 2015
Composting pile
Under our Community Standards Bylaw, owners or occupants of a premise must ensure that a composting pile or a composting container is maintained in such a manner that it does not become a nuisance by:
  1. creating offensive odours; or
  2. attracting pests.

Owners or occupants of a premise must not place or allow to be placed cat feces, dog feces, animal parts or animal meat on a composting pile or in a composting container on the premises.

Owners or occupants of a premise must not allow an open composting pile on the premises within ten (10) metres of an adjacent residence, measured from the nearest part of the open composting pile to the nearest part of the adjacent residence.

Fines for violations of these regulations range between $50 and $100.

Related bylaws

Composting regulations are found in part 8 of ourCommunity Standards Bylaw.

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 at the City Clerk's office.

Filing a complaint

How to file a complaint and what happens to it

If you know of a bylaw infraction and would like to report it to Animal & Bylaw Services, please call 311 (from within Calgary) or 403-268-CITY (2489) (from outside Calgary). 

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