The Town of Aurora establishes by-laws to manage activities and provide a safe and livable community. These by-laws regulate, prohibit or impose a variety of requirements, and enforcement is undertaken where necessary to obtain compliance with Town regulations.

Some of the core operational functions of this division include animal licensing and control, parking control, property standards, business licensing and mobile vendor licensing.

The most frequently viewed regulatory by-laws are listed below. To search or browse a complete list of by-laws visit the Town of Aurora's record repository. If you require additional information, please contact the By-law Services division at 905-727-3123 ext. 4240 or by email.

Frequently Requested By-laws

 Animal Services - By-law No. 6197-19

Animal services to regulate various matters relating to the keeping, licensing, and controlling of animals. Visit the Animal Services page for more details.

Last updated: July 26, 2019 

 Aurora Farmers Market and Artisans Fair - By-law No. 6092-18

Aurora Farmers Market and Artisans Fair to provide for establishing, maintaining, operating and regulating the Aurora Farmers Market and Artisans Fair.

Last updated: June 26, 2018

 Backflow Prevention - By-law No. 6213-19

Backflow prevention to regulate cross connections and backflow prevention in private plumbing systems to protect the drinking water system from contamination.

Last updated: October 22, 2019

 Building - By-law No. 6096-18

Building respecting construction, demolition, change of use, and other building permits.

Last updated: June 26, 2018

 Clean Communities - By-law No. 6257-20

Clean communities to require owners and occupiers of land to clean, clear, and maintain private land and right of ways (repeals By-law Nos. 4738-05.P and 4754-05.P).

Last updated: May 26, 2020

 Development Charges - By-law No. 6357-21

Development charges to establish development charges for the Town and repeal Development Charges By-law No. 5585-14. Visit the Development Charges page for more details.

Last updated: June 22, 2021

 Fees and Charges - By-law No. 6290-21

Fees and charges to establish a schedule of fees and charges for municipal services, activities and the use of property. Visit the Fees and Service Charges page for more details.

Last updated: November 23, 2021

 Fence - By-law No. 4753-05.P

Fence (consolidated) for prescribing the height and description of lawful fences, including privately-owned outdoor pool enclosure requirements.

Last updated: June 12, 2018

 Fences, divisions (cost sharing) - By-law No. 4742-05.P

Fences, division (cost sharing) to apportion the cost of division fences.

Last updated: June 12, 2018

 Firearms - By-law No. 4740-05.P

Firearms to regulate and/or prohibit the use of certain weapons.

Last updated: December 13, 2005

 Fires, Outdoor burning - By-law No. 5111-09

Fires, outdoor burning to regulate outdoor burning.

Last updated: July 21, 2009

 Fireworks - By-law No. 5373-11

Fireworks (consolidated) to prohibit and regulate the sale and setting off of fireworks.

Last updated: November 22, 2011 

 Highway Occupancy and Encroachment - By-law No. 6288-20 

Highway occupancy and encroachment to regulate occupancy, fouling, construction and encroachments on highways.
Last updated: December 14, 2020

Pushing snow, leaves or any other materials onto the roadway is prohibited. Leaves and ice can block catch basins and cause flooding and pushing snow onto the road is hazardous for drivers. Bins, gravel and any other materials are not allowed to be placed on the roadway. 

 Licensing (Consolidated) - By-law No. 5630-14

Licensing (consolidated) to regulate licensing of business establishments.

Last updated: June 25, 2019

 Noise - By-law No. 6381-21

Noise to regulate and prohibit the causing of noise.

Last updated: October 26, 2021

On October 26, 2021 Aurora Town Council approved the updated Noise Bylaw #6381-21. The Bylaw provides standards for noise that includes restrictions and types of noise. Noise must be persistent and heard from a point of reception. This allows more flexibility for residents while also strengthening enforcement measures in instances of non-compliance. Highlights to the updated Noise Bylaw are:

Construction Noise is prohibited on:

  • Sunday’s all day
  • Any Statutory holiday
  • From 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. the following day Monday to Friday
  • From 8 p.m. on Friday to 9 a.m. on Saturday
  • From 5 p.m. on Saturday to 7 a.m. Monday

Applications can now be made for Noise exemptions for construction projects provided the impact is minimal.

Residential Renovation Noise is prohibited on:

  • From 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. Monday to Friday
  • From 8 p.m. on Saturday to 9 a.m. on Sunday
  • From 5 p.m. on Sunday to 7 a.m. on Monday

Waste collection from a property which abuts a residential property is prohibited between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Effective September 19, 2021 no municipality will be able to regulate noise related to the delivery of goods to retail businesses, restaurants including cafes and bars, hotels and motels, and goods distribution facilities. These changes are provincially mandated and the Town has no authority over them. 

 Parking- By-law No. 4574-04.T

Parking (amended) to regulate parking and traffic.

Last updated: October 13, 2021

Amendments to the bylaw can be found in our main repository

 Parkland Cash-in-Lieu - By-law No. 4291-01.F

Parkland cash-in-lieu to require land or cash-in-lieu thereof for park or other public recreational purposes as a condition of the development or redevelopment of land.

Last updated: June 26, 2001

 Parks and Property - By-law No. 4752-05.P

Parks and property for the use, regulation and government of parks and public places.

Last updated: December 13, 2005

 Procedure (consolidated) - By-law No. 6228-19

Procedure (consolidated) to govern the proceedings of Council and Committee meetings.

Last updated: August 25, 2020

 Procurement - By-law No. 6404-22

Procurement to define the procurement policies and procedures.

Last updated: February 22, 2022

 Property Standards - By-law No. 4044-99.P

Property standards (consolidated) for prescribing standards for the maintenance and occupancy of property. Visit the Property Standards page for more information.

Last updated: February 26, 2013

Property Standards and Clean Yards Highlights

  • All property owners are to cut and maintain the grass on their lawns and boulevards. Grass and weeds cannot exceed 8 inches or 20 centimeters.
  • All properties are to be kept clear of waste including any debris such as deserted or inoperable motor vehicles, construction or demolition materials, furniture, appliances, etc.
  • All swimming pools, hot tubs, wading pools, and artificial ponds must be maintained and in good working condition.
  • All yards are to be kept clean and free from insect infestation, vermin and other pests, and free from any condition which may harbour such pests.
  • All exterior surfaces, including surfaces which have been painted, stained, varnished, etc. are to be maintained in a state of good repair.
  • All roofs, doors, windows, eaves troughs, gutters, downspouts, chimneys, stacks and vents are to be maintained in a state of good repair.
 Sewer Use - By-law No. 5518-13

Sewer use to regulate the discharges and connections to the municipal sewage system.

Last updated: June 11, 2013

 Sign (Consolidated) - By-law No. 6163-19

Sign (consolidated) respecting signs within Town.

Last updated: March 26, 2019

 Site Alteration - By-law No. 6226-19

Site alteration to regulate the removal of topsoil, the placing or dumping of fill and the alteration of the grade of land.

Last updated: December 10, 2019

 Smoking - By-law No. 6220-19

Smoking to prohibit the smoking of tobacco, cannabis, and non-tobacco substances in prescribed locations.

Last updated: November 12, 2019

 Taxation - By-law No. 6352-21

Taxation to set and levy the rates of taxation for the year 2021.

Last updated: May 25, 2021

 Tree Protection (Private) - By-law No. 5850-16

Tree protection (private) to prohibit and/or regulate the injury or destruction of trees on private property.

Last updated: May 24, 2016

 Vacant Building Registry - By-law No. 6114-18

Vacant building registry to regulate vacant buildings within Town.

Last updated: July 24, 2018

 Ward Electoral System - By-law No. 6271-20

Ward electoral system to establish ward boundaries for the Town of Aurora (effective for the 2022 municipal election).

Last updated: July 14, 2020

 Waste Collection - By-law No. 5590-14

Waste collection for the collection of solid waste and recyclable materials.

Last updated: July 29, 2014

Water, Harmonized Watering (Outdoor Use) - By-law No. 4420-03.E

Water, harmonized watering (outdoor use) to regulate the supply and use of water within serviced area.

Last updated: March 25, 2003

Water Service - By-law No. 6322-21

Water service to provide for the maintenance and operation of a Municipal Waterworks Distribution System.

Last updated: March 30, 2021

Zoning

Zoning to prohibit and regulate the use of land, buildings and structures.

Last updated: June 27, 2017

Consolidated By-laws

Consolidated By-laws include all amendments made to a by-law since its enactment. Consolidated by-laws are provided for reference only. If there are any discrepancies between the consolidation and the By-law(s), the By-law(s) shall prevail.