Municipal Law Enforcement

Holiday Closures
October 8, 2015 - 9:59am

Thanksgiving October 12, 2015 - What's Open and What's Closed?

All City of Hamilton administrative offices will be closed on Thanksgiving, Monday, October 12, 2015

For emergencies involving roads, water mains, sewer systems, public health and safety issues, please call 905-546-2489.

Green Cart, Recycling and Garbage Collection

  • There will be no green bin, blue box, bulk waste, yard waste, or garbage pick-up on Monday, October 12.
  • Pick up will be one day later than your regularly scheduled collection day.
  • Waste must be at the curb by 7 am.

To view your collection schedule, visit
Community Recycling Centres and Transfer Stations will be closed on Monday, October 12.

HSR Bus Schedules

  • The HSR will be operating on a Sunday/ Holiday Schedule on Monday, October 12.
  • Call HSR information at 905-527-4441 for more details.


  • DARTS will be operating holiday service hours on Monday, October 12. All subscription trips on DARTS, with the exception of dialysis, are cancelled for Monday, October 12. If passengers need to travel on this day, they must make an advance reservation to do so.
  • ATS customer service will be closed on Monday, October 12.


  • All recreation/ aquatic centres, arenas and seniors centres will be closed on Monday, October 12.

Hamilton Civic Museums

  • Dundurn National Historic Site, Whitehern Historic House & Garden, Battlefield House Museum & Park, Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology, The Hamilton Military Museum, Fieldcote Museum and Griffin House will be closed, Monday, October 12.
  • The Hamilton Children’s Museum reamins temporarily closed for renovations.

For more information about Civic Museums, please visit

Tourism Hamilton Visitor Information Centre

Tourism Hamilton Visitor Information Centre (Lister Building, 28 James St. N.) will be is open from 11 am to 3 pm on Monday, October 12.

Hamilton Farmer’s Market Hours

  • Sunday, October 11 - Closed
  • Monday, October 12 - Closed
  • Tuesday, October 13 - 8 am to 6 pm
  • Wednesday, October 14 - Closed
  • Thursday, October 15 - 8 am to 6 pm
  • Friday, October 16 - 8 am to 6 pm
  • Saturday, October 17 - 7 am to 5 pm

Hamilton Public Library

  • All branches of the Hamilton Public Library will be closed for Thanksgiving on Sunday, October 11 and Monday, October 12.
  • For more information on library hours, please visit:

Public Health Services

For Public Health matters concerning:

  • Reports of suspected reportable diseases and food poisoning, call 905-546-2063
  • Reports of environmental spills, fires or other events that may be a health hazard or safety issue, call 905-546-2489
  • Reports of rabies animal exposures, call 905-546-3500
  • Safe Water Program issues that may be a health hazard, call 905-546-2489 or visit

Ontario Works

  • All Ontario Works offices will be closed on Monday, October 12, and will reopen Tuesday, October 13 at 8:30 am.
  • The Employment Resource Centre located at 181 Main St. W (Career Development Centre) will be closed on Monday, October 12. It will be open to assist you with any employment service needs on Tuesday, October 13 at 8:30 am.

Animal Services

  • The Animal Services Shelter will be closed on Monday, October 12.
  • For 24-hour Animal Services emergency issues, please call: 905-574-3433.

Property Tax Payments

  • During the holiday, you may submit your property tax payment into a drop box at the rear doors of City Hall, 71 Main Street West or at one of our Municipal Service Centres.
  • All Municipal Service Centres will be closed on Monday, October 12, and will reopen on Tuesday, October 13.

The locations are:

  • Ancaster: 300 Wilson Street East (map)
  • Dundas: 60 Main St. (map)
  • Flamborough: 7 Innovation Drive, First floor (map) New - temporary location
  • Glanbrook: 4280 Binbrook Rd. (map)
  • Stoney Creek: 777 Hwy. 8 (map)

Payments may also be made anytime by mail to:

The City of Hamilton
c/o Tax Department
71 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, L8P 4Y5

Parking Violations

Online payments can be made at:

Payment of Parking Violations can be made by mail to the pre-printed address indicated on the parking tag or dropped off into the drop box at the nearest Municipal Service Centre (see addresses above) or Taxation Division (noted above). The Hamilton Municipal Parking System office at 80 Main St. West, at Summers Lane, also accepts payments for parking violations at its drop box.

Traffic Violations

Online payments can be made anytime at:

The Provincial Offences Administration Office at 45 Main St. East, 4th Floor, Suite 408 (John Sopinka) Court House will be closed on Monday, October 12.

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:

Video: Educating yourself on by-laws is important for every Hamiltonian to know. The City enforces over 50 by-laws.

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.

Request to Review By-law Fee

If you are not able to meet an Order to Comply under the Yard Maintenance By-law and the Property Standards By-law you will be charged a fee by the City of Hamilton to complete the work. If you do not agree with this fee, you can submit a request to:

  • Review fees for clean-up, repair or demolition costs
  • Review file for fee(s) for inspection

How to submit a Request to Review:

  1. Complete the Request to Review (PDF, 21 KB)
  2. Include the non-refundable fee of $36 (including HST). Cheques or money orders are payable to the City of Hamilton.
  3. Submit the completed request form and fee:

In person to:
Licensing & Permits Office
77 James Street North, Suite 250
Hamilton, Ontario
Accepted method of payment: Cash, Debit Card, Visa or Mastercard

By mail to:
City of Hamilton
Attention: Municipal Law Enforcement, Licensing & Permits
71 Main Street West, 1st Floor
Hamilton, Ontario L8P 4Y5
Accepted methos of payment: Cheque. Do not send cash in the mail.

File review is only available to the registered Home Owner. Municipal Law Enforcement staff will not conduct a file review unless payment is made in full.