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Street Address Numbers

What is the requirement if there is more than one principal building on one property?
  • The address number of each principal building must displayed in a manner that is clearly visible from the street.
What is the size requirement for the street address number?
  • Building numbers must be at least 8 cm (3 inches) in height. The colour of the number should contrast with the colour of the structure to which it is attached. This is stated in Subsection 83(4) of the Neighbourhood Liveability By-law 1/2008.
Is there a fine for not having a street address number?
  • Yes. When the City receives a complaint, By-law Enforcement Officers will inspect a property. If there is a violation of the Neighbourhood Liveability By-law 1/2008, a notice is issued to the registered owner of the property to remedy the violation.

    If the property owner does not comply with the By-law, a formal Compliance Order may be issued. Further non-compliance could result in a Penalty Notice (see Schedule A of the Municipal By-law Enforcement Act (MBEA) 59/2016 for current Penalty Notice fees).

Can I appeal the fine?
How do I report a concern about a property without a street number?
  • To register a complaint, contact 311.

Back Lane Address Numbers

Why do I need a back lane address number?
  • When a property is adjacent to a back lane, the number assigned to the building must be attached to the building or to a fence or accessory structure so as to be clearly visible from the back lane. This is stated in the City’s Neighbourhood Liveability By-law 1/2008 (NLB) Subsection 83(3). Back lane address numbers support emergency personnel in trying to identify and locate a home, and also help City staff and the general public.

    This provision was part of the former Building Names and Numbers By-law, approved by Council in 1976, and migrated into the NLB when Council adopted it in January 2008.

What is the size requirement for the back lane address number?
  • Building numbers must be at least 8 cm (3 inches) in height. The colour of the number should contrast with the colour of the structure to which it is attached. This is stated in Subsection 83(4) of the Neighbourhood Liveability By-law 1/2008.
Is there a fine for not having a back lane address number?
  • Yes. When the City receives a complaint, By-law Enforcement Officers will inspect a property. If there is a violation of the Neighbourhood Liveability By-law 1/2008, a notice is issued to the registered owner of the property to remedy the violation.

    If the property owner does not comply with the By-law, a formal Compliance Order may be issued. Further non-compliance could result in a Penalty Notice (see Schedule A of the Municipal By-law Enforcement Act (MBEA) 59/2016 for current Penalty Notice fees).

Can I appeal the fine?
How do I report a back lane address number concern?
  • To register a complaint, contact 311.
Last update: December 10, 2019

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