Municipal Law Enforcement

Municipal Law Enforcement or MLE Officers work in teams responding to complaints and conduct investigations to determine if there is a violation(s) and take the necessary measures to ensure it is corrected. Common by-laws they enforce:

Yard Maintenance By-law 10-118: addresses exterior property maintenance

  • Long grass and weeds (do not exceed 20cm or 8 inches in height)
  • Garbage and debris
  • Dog feces (accumulation in yards)
  • Graffiti
  • Inoperative vehicle (unable to operate, does not have a current permit)
  • illegal dumping​
Video: Yard Maintenance is the responsibility of the property owner.

Snow and Ice Removal By-law 03-296

  • Removal of snow and ice off sidewalks surrounding properties within 24 hours of a snow event
  • Removal of snow and ice that builds up on roofs/eaves that overhang the city sidewalk
  • Place or throw snow and ice on the road or boulevard is a violation​


  • Trees on Public Property By-law 06-151
  • Trees on Private Property (Ancaster, Dundas, Stoney Creek)
  • Woodlands Consrevation Regional By-law R00-054

Business and Establishment Licences

  • Eating Establishments, Food Shops
  • Refreshment Vehicles
  • Mobile (taxi cab, transient trader)
  • Public Garage
  • Places of Amusement (arcades, rides, carnivals, bingo etc)
  • Skilled Trade (plumber, building repairs, heating, ventilation, fire and sprinkler protection and air conditioning)
  • Miscellaneous (flea market, pet shops, pawnbrokers, salvage yards etc)
  • Liquor Licensing
    • The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario regulates the sale, service and consumption of alcohol beverages. For more information on Liquor Licence Applications, Temporary Extension Permits and Special Occasion Permits please visit

Lottery Licences

  • Break Open Tickets, 50/50, Raffles

Sign By-law

  • Signs By-law and Issuance of Sign Permits
  • Sign and Poster Kiosk Information

Property Standards By-law 10-221: addresses health and safety standards for a building and the land around the property.

  • Plumbing, Electrical
  • Stairs, Floors, Walls, Roofs
  • Doors, Windows
  • Fences, Retaining Walls, Barriers
  • Garages, Sheds

Fence By-law 10-142: addresses allowed heights, locations, materials etc.

Zoning By-law 05-200: addresses legal usage of land (residential, industrial, commercial)

Noise By-law 11-285 (including barking dogs)

Heat By-law 04-091 (temperatures are to be no less than 20ºC between September 1st and May 31st)

Public Nuisance By-law 09-110: addresses urinating in public, knocking over mail, newspaper boxes and waste containers.


  • A team of Officers doing proactive investigations for Yard Maintenance, Property Standards and Zoning By-laws in wards 1 through 8.
Video: Educating yourself on by-laws is important for every Hamiltonian to know. The City enforces over 50 by-laws.
Video: New initiative where By-law Officers travel around Hamilton on Bikes