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Property Maintenance & Standards 

I cannot see when turning a corner because of a sign/bush/fence/obstruction blocking my view. What can I do?
There are certain regulations within the Zoning By-Laws that specify the height of such things within sight triangles on corner lots. If you believe that something is obstructing your view while turning a corner, please consult the appropriate Zoning By-Law, contact By-Law Enforcement staff or file a complaint online.

Do I have the right to keep or do anything I want on my property, given that I own the land?
No you do not. pdf_miniClean Yard By-Law 731/06 and pdf_miniProperty Standards By-Law 730/06 have been enacted for the safety and visual condition of yards and vacant lands. Clean yard maintenance includes the removal of rubbish/garbage/litter/debris, excessive growth of grass/weeds/bushes, damaged or decaying trees, as well as wrecked and dismantled unlicensed and inoperative vehicles, trailers, machinery and appliances.

Does my neighbour have to cut his grass?
Yes they do. Residential properties within Haldimand County are required to be maintained. pdf_miniClean Yard By-Law 731/06 requires that grass and weeds be maintained below a height of eight inches. By-Law Enforcement staff will respond to complaints and attempt to gain compliance with the owner of the property. If the property owner fails to correct the violation, the County may carry out the required work at the owner’s expense to bring the property into compliance.

How do I report a problem with graffiti?
Graffiti problems can be reported on either public or private property using the County’s Online Graffiti Complaint Form. Staff will take the information and contact the appropriate agency or owner to have it removed.

What is the law regarding property standards?
All property owners must maintain and repair the interior and exterior of their property in accordance with the standards of the pdf_miniProperty Standards By-Law 730/06, which covers a large number of areas including but not limited to building exteriors, structures, fences, retaining walls, stairways, landings, balconies, porches, floors, ceilings, walls, plumbing, electrical, lighting, doors, windows, pests, etc.

Who do I contact if I have a concern about a building's property standards?
You can make a complaint about a possible property standards violation to By-Law Enforcement staff. If you are a tenant, it is recommended that you first inform your landlord (property owner) in writing, listing the violations and allowing a reasonable time frame for the violations to be corrected. By-Law Enforcement staff can be contacted and may investigate if there is no action taken in a timely manner. Staff may request a copy of the dated letter that was given to the property owner as a part of their investigation.

Who is responsible for maintaining property standards?
The property owner is responsible for ensuring that violations are corrected, however, occupants of a property may also be responsible for the correction of the violation depending on the conditions of their rental agreement.

What could happen if I do not maintain my property to the minimum standards?
If any violations are found, By-Law Enforcement staff will contact the property owner to advise them of the violations and request that the appropriate actions are taken to resolve the issues. If the property owner does not resolve the issues in a timely manner By-Law Enforcement staff may issue an Order to Comply, charge an inspection fee, issue tickets, or proceed with court action.


Property Maintenance & Standards - Zoning 

Can I park my recreational vehicle (trailer, boat, etc.) in my driveway?
The Zoning By-Laws do not allow recreational vehicles to park in the required front yard of a residential zoned property. The required front yard distance can be found in one of Haldimand County’s three Zoning By-Laws (Haldimand, Dunnville, Nanticoke). Please contact By-law Enforcement staff prior to bringing your recreational vehicle home to ensure you are in compliance with the Zoning By-law in your area.

Can I run a business from my home?
Home offices, home occupations and home industries each have specific provisions within the Zoning By-Laws. Such provisions must be met in order for any home office, home occupation or home industry to be permitted. Please refer to the appropriate Zoning By-Law for more information regarding the specific provisions or contact By-Law Enforcement staff for more assistance.

How high can I build a fence in my yard?
There are different regulations for heights and locations of fences depending on which Zoning By-Law is applicable to your property.

Haldimand By-Law – Boundary Fences in Residential Zones
Subject to the provisions of subsection 6.19, a boundary fence located between residentially zoned abutting properties may be located in any yard or setback area provided that the maximum height shall be 2 metres; except in any required front yard in which case the maximum height shall be 1.0 metre.

Dunnville By-Law – Boundary Fences in Residential Zones
Subject to the provisions of subsection 6.20, a boundary fence located between residentially zoned abutting properties may be located in any yard or setback area provided that the maximum height shall be 2 metres; except in any required front yard, required exterior side yard or required setback, in which case the maximum height shall be 1.0 metres.

Nanticoke By-Law – Fences in Residential Zones
When fences, hedges, free standing walls and similar accessory structures and appurtenances are used to delineate a property boundary or screen or enclose an area on a residentially zoned property such structures may locate in any yard provided:

  1. They do not exceed a height of 2.0 metres, except in any required front yard or required exterior side yard in which case the maximum height shall be 1.0 metre,
  2. In the case of a corner lot, they are in accordance with the sight triangle provisions of section 3.32,
  3. In the case of a through lot, they do not exceed a height of 2.0 metres, except where they are located closer to the street line of a rear yard than the established building line in which case the maximum height shall be 1.0 metre.

Please consult the appropriate by-law for more information, or contact a building inspector in your area

Do I need an enclosure for my swimming pool?
Yes, every owner of an outdoor swimming pool shall erect and maintain an enclosure with a minimum height of 1.2 metres (4 feet) above grade.  Such enclosures shall also be erected to have no more than a 50 mm (2 inch) clearance under said enclosure, as well as not having any attachments or bracing on the exterior facing of the enclosure within a height of 1.2 metres (4 feet) of the grade level that may facilitate climbing.  For additional swimming pool fence/enclosure information, including enclosure types, the location of the enclosure, and other requirements, please refer to the pdf_miniSwimming Pool Enclosure By-Law 989/09.


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