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Boulevards

For further information visit Public Works boulevard beautification.

The owner/occupant of property adjacent to a boulevard is responsible for maintaining that portion of the boulevard that is adjacent to the property.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Is there a minimum level of boulevard maintenance that property owners are responsible for?
  • Yes, the property owner is responsible for the following boulevard maintenance:
    • ensuring grass is no more than 15 cm (6 inches) high
    • ensuring other vegetation, other than turf, is no more than 1.0 m (39 inches) high
    • controlling noxious weeds (weeding and mowing)
    • keeping the boulevard free of garbage
What boulevards are maintained by the City?
  • boulevards beside a regional street
  • boulevards flanking properties beside a regional street
  • ditches where grass has never been planted
  • boulevards at the rear of a property
  • extended boulevards – meaning a boulevard that is at least 20 feet wide as measured from the roadway to the sidewalk or property line
Can I beautify the boulevard?
  • The Neighbourhood Liveability By-law includes a section on boulevard maintenance (Part 8), which allows property owners to beautify the boulevards adjacent to their property without the need for a permit, so long as the meet the guidelines specified in the By-law.
What are the guidelines for beautifying the boulevard?
  • Your garden should not interfere with the movement of vehicular or pedestrian traffic
  • The plants you are growing should not interfere with the sightlines of pedestrians or drivers of vehicles
  • Shrubs, fruit and vegetables are not to be planted
  • Make sure there is access to:
    • fire hydrants
    • installations belonging to City of Winnipeg, Manitoba Hydro or Manitoba Telecom Service/Allstream
  • post office boxes located on the boulevard
  • The boulevard must be accessible for snow removal operations, including storage of snow removed from the roadway / sidewalk
  • Do not create or widen a private approach or walk, if you do you must apply for a permit under the Private Approach By-law.
  • Boulevard must be graded so that water flows from the edge of the right of way into the street and that vegetation or objects do not obstruct rainwater and snow melt from flowing from the edge of the right-of-way into the streets
  • In the absence of an agreement with the owner of neighbouring property, does not allow non-standard vegetation to spread beyond that portion of the boulevard that is adjacent to his or her property
  • Does not harm a tree planted in the boulevard
  • Only turf(grass) can be planted within 1.0 m from the curb
  • Only turf(grass) can be planted within 0.5 m from the public sidewalk
How do I report a boulevard maintenance concern?
Last update: October 4, 2016