Did You Know Fence Bylaws May Be Changing in Toronto?

May 31, 2018

Please Note* For Up to date information on changes to these by-laws, or any inquiries, please contact the City of Toronto Visit this link for more information about these bylaws as well as any future updates.

 

Updates As of June 20th, 2018 

https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/municode/1184_447.pdf

 

 

What exactly is a fence bylaw?

The city defines it as “a set of rules for all fences on private property in Toronto. It outlines requirements for the height and construction materials of fences.”

 

Why It’s Under Review:

The city wants to ensure that it keeps its bylaws up to date and fulfills the ever-changing needs of their community.

 

What’s Being Reviewed:

Check below to see some of the main points from what the city has posted.

Note that these are in review and will be officially reported on again. The previous meetings were held on April 4th, 2018, and the Licensing and Standards Committee was set to review on May 4th, 2018.

 

“The following potential changes are being considered in the review:

  • Increasing fence height

  • Changing height for all hedges and shrubs that act as fences

  • Update pool enclosure requirements to provide further flexibility

  • Remove opportunity for fence viewing from bylaw

  • Changes to fence exemption application process

  • Increase maximum fine amounts for fence violations”

Below are some of the current key components of the fence bylaw:

 

“General fence requirements:”

  • Maximum height for most front yard fences is 1.2 m

  • Maximum height for most other fences is between 2.0 m and 2.5 m

  • Fences within 2.4 m of a driveway must be an open-fence construction (fence that does not obstruct view, example: chain-link fence)

  • Most fences cannot be made of barbed or chicken wire and sheet or corrugated metal

Please note that some of these guidelines also apply to any hedge or shrub that “functions as a fence” as well.

 

Pool fence requirements:

  • Anyone installing a swimming pool must apply for a permit for an enclosure

  • To control access to any swimming pool, the pool must be entirely enclosed by a fence or wall; there can be no entrance to a pool from a building

  • Any entrance gate to a swimming pool must meet requirements of the bylaw and must be locked at all times when the pool is not in use

 

Visit this link for more information about these bylaws as well as any future updates.

 

Click this Link for more details on Fences in Toronto.

 

Click here for the link to an online PDF of the official Municipal Code for Fences.

 

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