BY-LAW NUMBER 2006 - 85
THE CORPORATION OF
THE TOWNSHIP OF RIDEAU LAKES
BEING a By-Law to amend By-Law Number 2006-22, being
a By-Law to provide for the safety of properties.
WHEREAS Council has the authority to pass by-laws for
the health, safety and welfare of the municipality and it’s inhabitants
including, without limiting its generality,
Requiring buildings and yards to be put in a safe condition to guard
against fire or other dangerous risk or accident pursuant to Section 127 of the
Municipal Act S.O. 2001, c25;
Requiring and regulating the filling up, draining, and clearing of any
grounds, yard and vacant lots pursuant to Section 118 of the Municipal Act S.O.
Authorizing the pulling down or repairing or renewing of any building,
fence, scaffolding or erection that, by reason of its ruinous dilapidated
state, faulty construction or otherwise, is in an unsafe condition as regards
danger from fire or risk of accident pursuant to Section 118 of the Municipal
Act S.O. 2001, c25;
NOW THEREFORE the Council of The Corporation of the
Township of Rideau Lakes, hereby enacts as follows:
No owner or occupant of any property shall cause, allow or permit any
building, yard lot or grounds to be or remain in a condition contrary to the
requirements of this by-law.
Every property in the Township of Rideau Lakes shall be kept in a neat,
tidy and safe condition consistent with surrounding properties, and free from:
Rubbish, garbage, waste and other debris on the property, or which may
blow or drift or otherwise be transported onto neighbouring properties;
Long grass, discarded brush and clippings, excessive weed growth, or any
other condition that may promote or be susceptible to fire or infestation by
weeds, rodents or other noxious conditions;
Timber, lumber, building materials or any other type of product or
material stored or kept under conditions that are unsafe from fire or other
dangerous risk or accident;
Scrap and junk material including without limiting its generality,
wrecked, dismantled, unused, unlicensed or non-restorable vehicles, trailers,
machinery, tools, tires, appliances, equipment or any part thereof, except in
an established licensed or permitted to conduct and operate such a business,
and only then under circumstances that prevent unsafe or unsightly conditions;
Any pit, precipice, excavation or deep waters that are unfenced or
unprotected against dangerous risk or accident;
Buildings, fences, scaffolding, retaining walls or any other erection
that, by reason to its ruinous or dilapidated state, faulty construction or
otherwise, is in an unsafe condition as regards danger from fire or risk of
Any combustible, flammable, volatile, caustic or explosive substance
unless stored under conditions that are safe and free from risk of fire or
The owner of every property shall be responsible for the rubbish,
garbage, waste or other debris which has blown, drifted or otherwise been
transported from his property including the collection and removal of the
rubbish, garbage waste or other debris as directed by a By-Law Enforcement
Officer or Peace Officer.
Any By-Law enforcement Officer or Peace Officer, or any person acting on
the Officer’s instructions, may at all reasonable times and upon producing
proper identification, enter onto any property for the purpose of inspecting
the property to determine whether there has been a contravention of this
An officer who finds a contravention of this By-Law may, in addition to
any other legal remedies or enforcement proceedings available to the
municipality, make an order directing compliance with this By-Law and may
require the order to be carried out immediately or within such time as is
specified in the order.
The order shall be served by personal service or registered mail on the
owner of the property as appears on the last revised rolls of the municipality,
and any other person whom the officer believes is contravening this By-Law.
The order shall contain sufficient information to specify the nature of
the contravention, its location, a description of the work required to bring
the property into conformity with this By-Law, and a statement that failure to
comply with the order within the time specified shall entitle the municipality
itself or by its contractors or agents to enter onto the property without
further notice ford the purpose of performing the work set out in the order and
otherwise bringing the property up to the standards prescribed ;by this By-Law
and recovering all expenses incurred in so doing by action or in like manner as
Notwithstanding the foregoing, if upon inspection of a property, an
officer is satisfied that the property poses an immediate danger to the health
or safety of any person, the officer may perform or cause to be performed at
the owner’s expense such remedial repairs or other work necessary to terminate
the immediate danger.
Every person who fails to comply with an order issued under the
provisions of this By-Law, or who contravenes any other provision of this
By-Law is guilty of an offence and on conviction is liable to a minimum fine of
not less than $500.00 and not more than the maximum fine of $5,000.00.
If an owner or occupant of a property fails to comply with an order
issued pursuant to this By-Law, the Municipality shall have the right to enter
onto the property without further notice and to carry out such work as to
otherwise bring the property up to the standards prescribed in the order at the
expense of the owner, and the municipality may recover the expense of
performing such work by action or in like manner as municipal taxes.
Any owner or occupant of a property, who has been served an order, may
appeal this order, or any part thereof to the Council of The Corporation of the
Township of Rideau Lakes.
Any owner or occupant of a property who is appealing an order, or any
part thereof, to Council must do so within twenty-one (21) days of receipt of
Any by-laws, resolutions or other actions of Council, which are
inconsistent with this By-Law, are hereby repealed. – By-Law 2000-17 - By-Law
That this By-Law shall come into force and take effect from the date of
This By-Law shall be referred to as the “Safe Property By-Law”.
Read a first and second time this 19th day of
Read a third time and finally passed this 19th
day of June 2006.
Ronald E. Holman Dianna