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We govern the use of streets  in order to maintain traffic flow and ensure safety of Calgarians. Below, you can find a summary of the bylaws related to our streets.

Recreation bylaws

  • Skateboards or in-line skates are permitted on most City sidewalks or boulevards unless otherwise posted.
  • Children younger than 14-years-old may ride bicycles on the sidewalk.
  • In cases where a wheeled vehicle is permitted to be ridden on a City sidewalk or boulevard, it must be done in a safe manner that does not interfere with pedestrians.

Obstruction bylaws

  • Keep hedges, trees and shrubs on your property trimmed so they don't interfere with pedestrians or vehicles.
  • Any structure within 7.5 metres of an intersection can be no more than 75 cm high*.
  • Do not place electrical cords, hoses or chains over a sidewalk.
  • Do not place any material in lanes, streets, sidewalks or City right-of-ways.

Vehicle bylaws

  • Vehicles parked on driveways may not block sidewalks or boulevards refer to the Traffic Bylaw.
  • Any vehicle noise measured at 96 decibels or more by a sound pressure level meter is “objectionable noise” and is in contravention of the bylaw. Noise regulations for vehicles can be found in the Traffic Bylaw 26M96.
  • Do not leave unregistered, uninsured vehicles on City streets or lanes.*
  • A vehicle must be operable and moved within 72, hours or it may be considered abandoned and removed as such.*

*This regulation is a part of Alberta's Traffic Safety Act and is enforced by the Calgary Parking.

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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