Calgary Street Bylaws

The city of Calgary is the largest city in the province of Alberta. It is also the fifth largest metropolitan area in Canada. To address issues and concerns of the city and local community, the Council passes bylaws as granted by the Municipal Government Act. Bylaws are created to protect public safety and public health. Bylaws also protect the environment and keep an orderly appearance in the community. The City of Calgary Streets Bylaw and the Traffic Bylaw keep the streets and activities on, adjacent or near streets orderly. Areas covered include recreation, vehicles and yard and perimeter maintenance in Calgary homes.

 Vehicles and Recreational Vehicles

 Bylaws governing the use of vehicles and recreational vehicles ensure that pedestrians and the public are safe.

  • Vehicles parked on driveways must not block sidewalks or boulevards.
  • Unregistered, uninsured vehicles must not be left on city streets or lanes.
  • A vehicle must be moved within 72 hours or it may be considered abandoned and removed.
  • Detached trailers and campers must not be parked on city streets or alleys.
  • Recreational vehicles can be parked on front yards and driveways for a maximum of 24 hours.
  • Recreational vehicles can be parked on a street adjacent to the owner’s residence for up to 36 hours, after which the RV must be moved to an off-street location for not less than 48 hours before it can be returned to the street.
  • Parked RVs must not block the view of playgrounds, intersections and crosswalks and must not obstruct the movement of other vehicles. 


Recreation bylaws in the city of Calgary ensure public safety while allowing residents to enjoy their environment.

  • Skateboard ramps and basketball and hockey nets are not allowed on streets at any time.
  • Skateboards or in-line skates are allowed on the majority of city sidewalks or boulevards.
  • Skateboards or in-line skates are not allowed within the central traffic zone.
  • Children younger than 14 years may ride bicycles on the sidewalk.
  • When allowed, wheeled vehicles may be ridden on a city sidewalk or boulevard in a safe manner that does not interfere with pedestrians.

Yard and Perimeter around Calgary Homes

To ensure that residents live in safe and healthy communities, the city of Calgary bylaws set a minimum standard for neighbourhoods.

  • All hedges, trees and shrubs on a property must be trimmed so they do not interfere with pedestrians or vehicles.
  • Any structure within 7.5 metres of an intersection can be no more than 75 cm high.
  • Sidewalks, lanes, streets and city right-of-ways must be free from any material. Electrical cords, hoses and chains must not be placed over a sidewalk.
  • 24 hours after the snow stops falling, owners must remove snow and ice down to the bare pavement from all sidewalks adjacent to their property.
  • Snow or ice from private property cannot be placed on the road or boulevard.
  • Electrical cords must be plugged into a ground fault circuit and must not be over or across any part of a city street or sidewalk.
  • Loose garbage, yard waste, furniture and appliances cannot be stored so that they are visible from outside the property.
  • Materials that attract pests and create unpleasant odours must not be stored on the property.
  • Industrial fluid (engine oil, brake fluid or antifreeze) cannot be stored in an exposed place.
  • Neatly stacked building material can be stored, provided that there is ongoing construction.
  • A small amount of neatly stacked building material can be stored for basic property maintenance.
  • Outdoor lighting must not shine directly into the living or sleeping areas of neighbouring houses.
  • Matter such as dust and smoke must not escape the property.
  • Loose debris like paper and flyers must be contained on the property.

Disclaimer: Information herein deemed reliable but not guaranteed by CREB®.

Listing information last updated on June 24th, 2017 at 1:00pm MDT.