- Use the Search By-laws tool and enter a keyword (e.g. Fence) or a by-law number (e.g. 22-001).
- Narrow your search results by using the Category and Sort By filter options.
- Browse the search results. To view a PDF version, click on the by-law number and title of your choice.
The online listing is updated as City Council passes new by-laws.
Disclaimer: By-laws contained in this section have been prepared for the purpose of convenience only and are not certified true copies. Where available, office consolidated versions, combining the original By-law and any amendments, are provided for ease of use. For accurate reference, consult copies of the official By-laws and documents in the Records Division of the Office of the City Clerk.
For by-laws and documents that are not available in an electronic format, email [email protected].
The by-laws include those enacted, amended and repealed by City Council, as well as those enacted, amended and repealed by the Ontario Municipal Board, Ontario Land Tribunal or Local Planning Appeal Tribunal. The City of Hamilton provides online access to reference copies of current by-laws dating from 2004 to the present.
There may be one or more subject categories assigned to each by-law depending on context. Selecting a specific category can narrow your search.
By-laws are the official rules that define how the City is governed
To require the supply of gas, fuel oil, or electricity by landlords and the suppliers of such services and to prohibit the cancellation of such vital services to rental units.
Office Consolidation as of October 2021
To prevent the flow of water, other liquids, chemicals or substances back into the waster distribution system for which the City of Hamilton is responsible.
Office Consolidation as of September 20, 2021
To regulate exterior property maintenance including vegetation, waste and graffiti and to repeal By-law No. 03-118.
Office Consolidation as of July 2019.
To Regulate Fences and to repeal:
- By-law No. 82-82 of the Town of Ancaster
- By-law No. 3823-89 of the Town of Dundas
- By-law No. 96-27-F of the Town of Flamborough
- and By-law No. 4054-94 of the City of Stoney Creek
Office Consolidation as of November, 2018.
You may only park your vehicle on a street where permitted. Any vehicle parked in a metered spot must have paid the meter and must not exceed the maximum time limit posted for that spot. By-law officers or police officers can issue a parking ticket remove your vehicle at your expense if you do not comply with posted parking restrictions.
Respecting signs and other advertising devices within the City of Hamilton. Repeals and replaces By-law No. 06-243.
Office Consolidation as of February 22, 2022
To prescribe standards for the maintenance and occupancy of property and to repeal By-law No. 03-117.
Office Consolidation as of August, 2021
Establish a system of administrative penalties for contraventions of City of Hamilton by-laws.
Repealing and replacing By-law No. 15-138.
Office Consolidation as of February 2022.
To regulate or prohibit with respect to the being at large of animals, the by-law may provide for the seizure and impounding of animals being at large and the sale of impounded animals. The Responsible Animal Ownership By-law is for the health and safety of residents, property protections, and prevention of public issues.
Office Consolidation as of June, 2022
To provide for the maintenance, operation, management and regulation of Municipal Parks.
Office Consolidation as of June, 2022
As amended, being a By-law to Provide for and Regulate a Waste Management System for the City of Hamilton.
Office Consolidation as of November, 2021
The City of Hamilton’s Comprehensive Zoning By-law No. 05-200 came into effect on May 25, 2005, and is being implemented in stages.
The D1 Zone represents the cultural, institutional, residential, and commercial make-up of Downtown Hamilton.
The D2 Zone applies along King Street, James Street and portions of Hess Village and King William Street.
The D5 Zone applies stable residential areas in the Downtown.