Property Standards By-law Review

The City of Oshawa is reviewing the City’s Property Standards By-law 01-2002 and we’d like your feedback!

The Property Standards By-law establishes minimum standards for the maintenance and occupancy of existing property including buildings, structures and surrounding lands. The appearance of buildings are not typically taken into consideration when dealing with property standards.

The City’s current Property Standards By-law addresses things like:

  • property maintenance, waste management and accessory buildings or structures;
  • building standards;
  • requirements when people are living in buildings;
  • standards for building services, systems and facilities; and,
  • vacant buildings.

Community members, tenants, property owners and the building industry are invited to participate in one of two ways:

  • complete a feedback form online on Connect Oshawa (www.connectoshawa.ca/PSB) or on paper at Service Oshawa, located at City Hall (50 Centre St. S.); or,
  • discuss the topic in-person with City staff at a Property Standards By-law Community Engagement Table on:
    • Wednesday, October 9 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at City Hall (50 Centre St. S.);
    • Wednesday, October 9 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at the South Oshawa Community Centre (1455 Cedar St.);
    • Thursday, October 10 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Delpark Homes Centre, formerly Legends Centre (1661 Harmony Rd. N.).

The feedback form will be available until 4:00 p.m. Thursday, October 24, and considered in the development of proposed amendments to the City’s Property Standards By-law.

The City of Oshawa is reviewing the City’s Property Standards By-law 01-2002 and we’d like your feedback!

The Property Standards By-law establishes minimum standards for the maintenance and occupancy of existing property including buildings, structures and surrounding lands. The appearance of buildings are not typically taken into consideration when dealing with property standards.

The City’s current Property Standards By-law addresses things like:

  • property maintenance, waste management and accessory buildings or structures;
  • building standards;
  • requirements when people are living in buildings;
  • standards for building services, systems and facilities; and,
  • vacant buildings.

Community members, tenants, property owners and the building industry are invited to participate in one of two ways:

  • complete a feedback form online on Connect Oshawa (www.connectoshawa.ca/PSB) or on paper at Service Oshawa, located at City Hall (50 Centre St. S.); or,
  • discuss the topic in-person with City staff at a Property Standards By-law Community Engagement Table on:
    • Wednesday, October 9 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at City Hall (50 Centre St. S.);
    • Wednesday, October 9 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at the South Oshawa Community Centre (1455 Cedar St.);
    • Thursday, October 10 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Delpark Homes Centre, formerly Legends Centre (1661 Harmony Rd. N.).

The feedback form will be available until 4:00 p.m. Thursday, October 24, and considered in the development of proposed amendments to the City’s Property Standards By-law.

  • Share your feedback on the City’s Property Standards By-law online on Connect Oshawa!

    Learn about what the Property Standards By-law is before completing the survey:

    What is the Property Standards By-law?

    The Property Standards By-law establishes minimum standards for the maintenance and occupancy of property within the City of Oshawa. The appearance of buildings are not typically taken into consideration when dealing with property standards.

    The Property Standards By-law currently addresses the following areas:

    ·  Property Maintenance, Waste Management, and Accessory Buildings or Structures, including:

    Share your feedback on the City’s Property Standards By-law online on Connect Oshawa!

    Learn about what the Property Standards By-law is before completing the survey:

    What is the Property Standards By-law?

    The Property Standards By-law establishes minimum standards for the maintenance and occupancy of property within the City of Oshawa. The appearance of buildings are not typically taken into consideration when dealing with property standards.

    The Property Standards By-law currently addresses the following areas:

    ·  Property Maintenance, Waste Management, and Accessory Buildings or Structures, including:

    • Property
    • Sewage and drainage
    • Compost heaps
    • Refuse storage and disposal
    • Gantries and antennas
    • Accessory building, fences and retaining walls
    • Surface conditions (parking areas and walkways)
    • Swimming pools, hot tubs and ponds
    • Hoarding

    ·  Building Standards, including:

    • Structural soundness
    • Building envelope
    • Exterior walls and attachments
    • Roofs and roof structures
    • Doors, windows and skylights
    • Pest control
    • Artificial lighting
    • Interior walls, ceilings and floors
    • Common areas
    • Recreational facilities
    • Underground parking garages
    • Verandahs, porches, decks, loading docks, balconies, stairs, guards and handrails 

    ·  Standards for Residential Occupancy, including:

    • Minimum standards required for human habitation
    • Minimum floor to ceiling height for habitable rooms
    • Kitchen facilities
    • Minimum required floor area for dwelling units
    • Minimum required floor area for lodging units
    • Toilet and washroom facilities Ventilation
    • Natural and artificial lighting

    ·  Standards for Building Services, Systems and Facilities, including:

    • Plumbing and drainage systems
    • Electrical service
    • Fire escapes
    • Heating, ventilation and mechanical systems
    • Emergency contact in apartment buildings 
    • Elevating devices
    • Disconnected utilities
    • Building security/access voice communications

    ·  Vacant Buildings



    Feedback will be received until 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 24. Feedback received will be considered in the development of proposed amendments to the City’s Property Standards By-law.

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