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Property Standards

The City has a Yard Maintenance By-law and Property Standards By-law to ensure that the maintenance and occupancy of property within the community is maintained to an acceptable standard.

Maintenance Standards

Examples of maintenance standards outlined in Property Standards By-law include:

  • The maintenance of all plumbing, heating, ventilation, electrical, lighting, and all interior & exterior finishes in buildings.
  • The removal of rubbish; litter; debris; dead or decaying trees; wrecked, dismantled, unlicensed or inoperable vehicles; dilapidated buildings.
  • The cutting of tall grass and weeds that exceeds 6” in height.

The Property Standards Officer has the responsibility to administer and enforce property standards by-laws within the City. Property Standards Officers are appointed, by by-law, as both Property Standards Officers and Building Inspectors under the authority of the Building Code Act.

Complaint Process

Please note: front yard (grass) parking is a violation of the Zoning By-law. Please log concerns regarding front yard parking with Development Services via Service Barrie, 705-726-4242 or

Officers do not proactively patrol Property Standards By-law violations but respond to all complaints received as soon as possible. For property maintenance cases (long grass, garbage etc.) please log your concerns with Enforcement Services by phone or email: 705) 739-4241 or A  Property Standards Complaint Form is also available for your convenience.

Upon receipt of a concern a Property Standards Officer will investigate. The investigation may include any or all of the following actions:

  • contacting the tenant and/or owner to confirm the complaint is valid or has been resolved,
  • attending the property to conduct an inspection to obtain evidence,
  • issuing verbal or written orders to the contraveners (with applicable service fees),
  • initiate additional legal action where necessary.

As per Appendix A of the Property Standards By-law, an owner or occupant who has been served with an order and who is not satisfied with its terms or conditions may appeal to the Property Standards Committee by sending a notice of appeal by registered mail to the secretary of the Committee within 14 days after being served the order. Please contact Legislative & Court Services at (705) 726-4220 ext 5500 or for detail.

Property Standards for Renters & Tenants

The City expects the tenant to co-operate with the owner, landlord and/or property manager (owner) by providing access, in accordance with applicable legislation, to carry out repairs at reasonable times, and expects the owner/tenant to carry out and complete remedial work in a timely manner.

We are here to assist both the owner and tenant achieve compliance with municipal by-laws. Any attempts to hinder the owner’s efforts to carry out remedial work are discouraged and may negatively affect the priority of the complaint and/or prompt completion. Likewise, if necessary, non-compliance with a notice or order will result in Property Standards exercising the fullest extent of the by-law.

FAQs Specific to Tenants & Landlords:
Can a tenant withhold rent if the owner does not repair a unit?
Does the landlord have to provide minimum heat during the summer?
What can I do if the owner turns my heat off?
Does the owner have to ensure I have hot water and/or sufficient water pressure?
I notice a lot of mould in my rental unit. Is this a violation?

Frequently Asked Questions

Can the Property Standards Officer tell me to remove my vehicle from my own property?
My neighbour has a tree that overhangs my property. May I cut the branches that overhang my property?
Is my complaint kept confidential?

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