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Cleanliness and protection of street fittings and fixtures

The following acts are prohibited:
• Climbing trees, poles, streetlamps, public monuments, fences, retaining walls, benches, fire hydrants and other structures;
• Damaging or destroying trees, shrubs, flowers or other plants;
• Tying a bicycle or animal to a tree;
• Gluing, nailing, stapling or otherwise
affixing anything to street fittings and
fixtures, including trees;
• Throwing away any item in a fountain, wading or swimming in the basin of a fountain, or letting an animal go into the basin of a fountain;
• Pruning, removing dead wood or cutting down a tree or shrub found on public space.

Items that are prohibited on public space

It is forbidden to spread or scatter the contents of bags, boxes, bins, garbage cans or other containers that have been left on public space ahead of waste or recycling collection; it is forbidden to undo bales, bundles or boxes that have been tied together and left on public space ahead of waste or recycling collection.

It is also forbidden to throw out, deposit or leave behind the following items on the borough’s public space:
• Food waste, refuse, ashes, debris from various items, pruning waste or other scrap materials;
• Earth, snow, dead leaves or other similar materials;
• Flyers, wrapping or other paper or cardboard items;
• Syringes, needles, bandages, medicine or containers for medicine;
• Goods or other personal effects.


Lawns must be cut on a regular basis, and grass must not be more that 15 cm high.

Maintenance of private lots

Every property must be maintained and kept in good condition. It is forbiden to dispose of, discard of, bury, or leave a harmful material on private property. The expression “harmful material” refers to garbage, material or other waste (iron, brushings, vehicle carcasses, weeds, etc.), that could pose a threat to health or safety.

Maintenance of vacant lots

Weeds and wild vegetation must be destroyed at least three times over the course of the summer, that is, before June 15, August 1 and September 15. Offenders may be subject to a fine.


It is forbidden to dump harmful or dangerous products into a canal, a sewer or any other pipes connected to the municipal network. Any air or water pollution is the responsibility of the Ville de Montréal’s Direction de l’environnement, which can be reached at 514 280-4330. In the event a situation appears urgent, however, citizens should call 911.

Complete by-law (French only)