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Bylaws related to appliances and refrigerators

Appliance and refrigerator bylaws aim to uphold community safety and cleanliness. According to these rules:

  • Refrigerators and freezers stored outside must have hinges, latches, or their doors removed.
  • If the door isn't removed, the appliance must be locked or securely shut to prevent children and animals from getting trapped.
  • Appliances stored outside should be kept out of public sight.

More information can be found in the Yard and Perimeter Maintenance Brochure.

Fines for violations of these regulations range between $200 and $300.

The City of Calgary Community Standard Bylaw section 11(2) outlines the safe and suitable storage of appliances in and around your property.

This is an overview of the bylaw, but please refer to the original bylaw for more detailed information. Original copies of the bylaw are available at the City Clerk's office.

Filing a complaint


If you know of a bylaw infraction and would like to report it, please call 311 (from within Calgary) or 403-268-CITY (2489) (from outside Calgary) or use the 311 app or:

To help us respond faster, please be ready with the following information:

  • Your name and address
  • A primary and alternate phone number
  • The address and exact location of the property for which you wish to register a complaint
  • A brief and concise description of the complaint

This information will remain confidential. No anonymous complaints will be accepted - you must identify yourself with the 311 service representative.

Please include any related photos when reporting a complaint with the 311 app. This will assist the investigating officer.

Learn more about filing a bylaw complaint and the process.

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