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Bylaws related to littering

Trash bin in downtown Calgary

Updated September 29, 2015

Leaving litter, garbage, refuse or other waste material on private or public property makes the city look dirty and unhealthy. Littering bylaws help keep our communities and public areas clean. Our littering bylaws state:

  • Waste must not be disposed of on any public property, aside from in an appropriate receptacle.
  • If a vehicle is involved in a littering offence, the registered owner of that vehicle may be charged.
  • The improper disposal of burning material, including lit cigarettes, will result in an increased fine.

Fines for violations of these regulations range between $500 and $1000.

Related bylaws

Littering is regulated by the Street Bylaw in section 17 and the Parks and Pathways Bylaw in section 27.

This page is an overview of these regulations. Please refer to the actual bylaws for more detailed information. Original copies of the bylaws 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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