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Encroachments into City of Calgary parks and greenspaces

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The City owns and maintains large areas of land earmarked for specific use. Much of this land is designated as reserve land and includes:

  • Municipal Reserve
  • Environmental Reserve​
  • School Reserve
  • Municipal and School Reserve
  • Community Reserve

Sometimes, landowners and/or residential homeowners, encroach on these designated properties. This includes City-owned parks and greenspaces.

Our parks and greenspaces are for ALL Calgarians to enjoy. They are not for the exclusive use of a few, over extended periods.

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Encroaching onto City-owned parks and green spaces carries a penalty. Fines can range from $750 to $10,000 upon conviction.

Those encroaching onto parks and greenspaces are asked to correct the situation at once.

For more information please visit www.calgary.ca/encroachments​ or contact 3-1-1.


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Who does the bylaw affect?

The bylaw affects land/homeowners found to be encroaching onto parks and greenspaces. No land/homeowner is permitted to develop beyond their property line.

An encroachment includes any portion of:

  • A building
  • Fence
  • Driveway
  • Landscaping
  • Retaining wall or other structure

Some examples of encroachment are:

  • Placing a storage shed on a park or greenspace
  • Extending a backyard onto a park or greenspace
  • Disrupting natural area by mowing more than a metre beyond your property
  • Disrupting natural area by removing vegetation
  • Fire pits
  • Unapproved plantings
  • Compost bins
  • Parked vehicles
  • Constructing bike parks
  • Building play forts

When does the bylaw take effect?

The new Parks and Pathways Bylaw 11M2019​ came into effect in March 2019. Any unauthorized encroachment onto a City owned park or greenspace is now an offence. In some instances, an agreement may have been signed between a landowner and The City allowing the encroachment.

Are there consequences for not complying?

Unauthorized encroachments onto City owned parks and greenspaces are offences. They are regulated under the Parks and Pathways Bylaw 11M2019 and the City’s Encroachment Policy.

The Alberta Municipal Government Act sets out the permitted uses of City-owned parks and greenspaces that are designated as reserve land. Encroachments are not a permitted use.

Encroaching onto City-owned parks and greenspaces carries a penalty. Fines can range from $750 to $10,000 upon conviction.

Those encroaching onto parks and greenspaces are asked to correct the situation at once.

Homeowners found to be encroaching will receive notices. They will have a reasonable period of time to correct the problem. Following that period, a violation ticket will be issued.

For more information please visit www.calgary.ca/encroachments or contact 3-1-1.

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