By-laws of General Interest
The City of Vaudreuil-Dorion adopts and implements by-laws designed to protect its citizens and ensure their quality of life.
These summaries of the principal by-laws do not replace the official by-laws adopted by Municipal Council. The by-laws in force take precedence. Before starting any work or taking any action, please contact the City department responsible for enforcing the by-law and obtain the necessary information.
A link to the complete by-laws in downloadable format (in French) is at the bottom of this page.
Winter car shelters, commonly referred to as Tempos, are allowed from November 1 to April 15. As of 2019, installation of the structure only (without the tarp) is autorized from October 15th. No permit is required. However, the shelters shall:
- consist of a metal or wood frame covered with canvas or polyethylene;
- be located at least 0.6 m from the sidewalk and 1 m from any fire hydrant, and never less than 1.5 m from the roadway;
- be no more than 2.3 m high;
- cover an area of no more than 65 m2;
- be removed and stored for the rest of the year.
In a new construction or when the wood heating system in an existing construction is replaced, any new wood-burning heating appliance installed shall be certified to EPA standards or CAN/CSA B415.1.
The use of solid combustion appliances (wood stoves, fireplaces) and outdoor fires are prohibited during a smog episode affecting the Vaudreuil-Soulanges-Huntington region decreed by Environment Canada's Info-Smog.
Manual watering of flowers, gardens, flower beds, shrubs and hedges is allowed at all times, with a watering can, an automatic shutoff nozzle or other manual device. Municipal Council may order a watering ban if there is a danger to the health and safety of the population or a risk of damage to City facilities (drought, anticipated water shortage, etc.).
Watering of existing vegetation shall be done within the authorized time period.
A permit is required for the watering of new vegetation. There is no charge for the permit, but a $20 fee applies for any re-issue or modification.
Disposal of flammable and explosive materials in curbside bins is prohibited. Not only is it harmful to the environment, it also poses a real safety hazard. The 20-litre barbecue tanks, and even the small propane canisters used in camping, can be a fire hazard. The Ecocentre is the safest place for disposing of them.
It is forbidden to consume or be under the influence of drugs in a public place (place where the public has access, including shops, places of worship, health centres, educational institutions, community centres, municipal or government buildings, public squares, parks or any other such facility where services are offered to the public) under By-law 1759 Respecting security, peace and good order.
Licences are required for all dogs and cats, at a cost of $15 each. They can be purchased from an Animal Control Officer. There is a $5 charge for replacement of a lost medallion.
When a dog or cat is outside the dwelling occupied by its owner, it shall be held on a leash no more than 2 m long, or kept within the property by means of a tether, fence or other device.
The owner shall immediately remove feces produced by the animal on public or private property and dispose of it in a hygienic way.
Dogs are not allowed in most parks of the City. Four dog exercise areas are available: Rue Marier (corner of Des Merisiers), Rue du Ruisselet, Rue Lorne-Worseley, and at the corner of Montée Cadieux and Saint-Charles. Rules of conduct are displayed in each area. It is strongly recommended that you make sure your animal's vaccines are up-to-date and that it is well protected against communicable external and internal parasites.
New regulations on dogs
The Règlement complémentaire concernant les chiens (By-law No. 1771) was adopted on 19 May 2020. It stipulates, among other things, the obligation to microchip dogs on the territory of Vaudreuil-Dorion. Consult the by-law for full details.
Itinerant or door-to-door sales solicitation within the municipal territory requires a permit from the City. Moreover, commercial soliciting in any form must take place between 10:00 A.M. and 7:00 P.M., and is prohibited in places where a poster or sign with the words "Pas de sollicitation" (No Soliciting) is displayed. These hours do not apply to soliciting of a religious, political, charitable or similar nature. Anyone who contravenes this by-law commits an offence and could be fined.
It is strongly suggested that you remove your vehicle from the street during snowstorms to facilitate snow-clearing operations and to avoid damage.
Any vehicle parked on private property shall be at least 60 cm from the public road.
Pushing snow from your driveway onto the street or sidewalk, into public areas or municipal watercourses, or around a culvert opening or fire hydrant is strictly prohibited.
If you hire a snow removal contractor, make sure the person has a permit from the City. The use of snow plow stakes on private property is allowed only after November 1.
Dumping of the following constitutes a nuisance and is prohibited: animal carcasses, paper, dirt, lumber, demolition debris and similar materials, excavated material, sweepings, ashes, refuse, garbage, noxious substances, soot, wastewater, mud, branches, empty bottles, glass, bricks, scrap metal, earth, sand, rocks, stones, gravel, cement and any similar materials, whether by hand or by equipment of any kind, in streets, alleys, watercourses, parks, public places or municipal ditches, or on any public property.
Opening and closing of water lines
The Public Works Department is responsible for opening and closing water lines for road work. Before you call a plumber, please allow a 24- or 48-hour wait period, since the City must:
- check the condition of the equipment, and
- schedule a time when City workers will come and open or close the water line.
Location and relocation of water lines
Before you do any earthwork in front of your property or paving in your driveway, it is important to locate the water line.
- You must allow a period of 10 days for this.
- Relocation of the water line, depending on the work planned, can take up to 20 days.
Fires are permitted in an outdoor fireplace made of non-combustible materials and equipped with a chimney and a spark screen. The fireplace must only be used on a lot with a single-family residential building that is detached on all sides. The fireplace must be located a minimum distance of five metres from any main building, three metres from any accessory building and three metres from any property line. Only dry, untreated and unpainted wood may be used. No gas tank can be located within five metres of the fireplace. Fires are permitted between 7:30 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. Any fire that is bothersome to a neighbour must be extinguished. The conditions to be respected with regard to outdoor fires are found in articles 1, 3.6 and 3.8 of By-law No. 1216.
An ash tree, regardless of its diameter or its location on the property, may not be cut down without prior authorization from the City. Anyone who cuts down or prunes an ash tree shall dispose of the waste wood according to regulations.
Grass and weeds may not be allowed to grow higher than 30 centimetres on any lot (vacant or built) in or adjacent to a residential zone. For all other lots, vacant or not, the owner shall maintain a three-metre strip at the edge of the public thoroughfare, primarily for the safety of road users but also for esthetic reasons. Farms, buffer zones and organic pest control projects are not subject to this regulation.
Model aircraft are regulated by the federal government. According to Order No. 9 of June 16, 2018 of Transport Canada:
5 (1) A person must not operate a model aircraft
- at an altitude greater than 300 feet AGL;
- within controlled airspace;
- within restricted airspace;
- over or within the security perimeter of a police or first responder emergency operation site;
- over any person not associated with the operation of the aircraft;
- at night; or
- in cloud.
(2) A person must not operate more than one model aircraft at a time.
(3) A person must not operate a model aircraft having a total weight of more than 250 g (0.55 pounds) but not more than 1 kg (2.2 pounds) at a lateral distance of less than 100 feet (30 m) from vehicles, vessels or any person not associated with the operation of the aircraft.
(4) A person must not operate a model aircraft having a total weight of more than 1 kg (2.2 pounds) but not more than 35 kg (77.2 pounds) at a lateral distance of less 250 feet (76 m) from vehicles, vessels or any person not associated with the operation of the aircraft.
(5) A person must not operate a model aircraft
- within 3 nautical miles (5.6 km) of the centre of an aerodrome, except a heliport or an aerodrome that is used exclusively by helicopters;
- within 1 nautical mile (1.9 km) of a heliport or an aerodrome that is used exclusively by helicopters; or
- inside an aerodrome control zone.
(6) A person must not operate a model aircraft over or within
- an area of natural hazard or disaster; or
- any area that is located within 9 km of an area of natural hazard or disaster.
To report unsafe drone use, fill out the online form.
If the use of a drone poses a threat to safety, security or privacy, contact the Sûreté du Québec.
The legal situation means that the City of Vaudreuil-Dorion can not intervene in any way with regard to drones.
Obstructing the free and full use of any sidewalk, lane, street or public area constitutes a nuisance and is prohibited. A raised obstruction such as a basketball net above the street is also a nuisance.
No person may be in a park between 11:00 P.M. and 7:00 A.M. It is also prohibited to travel by motorcycle, scooter, motorized all-terrain vehicle, motor vehicle, snowmobile or any other motorized off-road vehicle in a park, except in areas specifically designated for the use of such vehicles.
Dogs are not allowed in the City parks.
For all construction, renovation or demolition work, construction of a parking area, installation of a fence, pool or sign, or work of any kind, it is strongly recommended that you check with the Land Use and Development Department before starting the work to see if a permit or certificate is required.
Outdoor use of pesticides is strictly prohibited in the territory of Vaudreuil-Dorion, with a few exceptions. Not all over-the-counter pesticides are completely safe for the environment and human health, and their use may be considered a by-law infraction. Contractors applying low-impact pesticides within the territory shall have a permit issued by the City.
When you are opening a pool at the beginning of the season, the pool water must be treated rather than drained and replaced, unless the pool is new or needs repairs. In that case, a permit must be obtained from the Permits and Inspections Division. Pool water may be topped up at any time except during authorized watering hours. Backwashing may not exceed five minutes.
A pilot project allows the keeping of hens under very strict conditions designed to ensure the animals’ welfare and respect for neighbours. The maximum number of hens varies according to lot area: two hens for lots of less than 400 m2 and five for lots more than 400 m2. Roosters are not allowed.
Construction of a chicken coop requires a permit, available from the Permits and Inspections Division at a cost of $20. The chicken coop shall have ventilation, insulation and a source of heat if the hens are kept between November 1 and April 15. The coop and the adjacent wire-fenced run may not exceed 10 m2 each, and shall be located at least 2 m from any lot line.
The hens must remain inside the coop between 10:00 P.M. and 6:00 A.M. Cleanliness is paramount: odours must not be perceptible outside the coop. The sale of eggs or any other product derived from the hens is not allowed, and no sign to this effect will be tolerated.
No one may fell a tree on private property without a certificate of authorization, except as provided for by regulation. Tree felling includes topping and pruning of more than 20% of the branches. There is no charge for the certificate of authorization, but a fee of $20 applies if it must be re-issued.
Street parking is prohibited from November 15 to April 1 between midnight and 7:00 A.M. This regulation is uniform across the RCM and is enforced by the Sûreté du Québec and the municipal patrol. However, a winter parking hotline (450 455-3372) has been available to residents since the fall of 2016 to reduce regulations and to adapt to weather conditions.
Every day at 5:00 p.m., the hotline message is updated to inform citizens whether overnight parking is permitted or prohibited on that particular day (effective at midnight). Vehicle owners are personally responsible for verifying if a snow-removal operation will be carried out overnight before parking their vehicles on public roads.
The decision to permit or prohibit parking depends on weather conditions as well as the snow removal or de-icing operations underway.
Note that certain exceptions apply. As such, parking is ALWAYS prohibited in areas where No Parking signs are displayed (see Appendix B of By-Law No. 1694).
In the event that a vehicle does not comply with the parking prohibition and interferes with snow removal operations, it will be towed to one of the following locations:
- on the same street, in a place where he won't interfere with these operations;
- in the nearest street;
- in the parking lot of the Centre Multisports.
Citizens can contact 311 at any time to find out where their vehicle was towed.
Between 10:00 P.M. and 7:00 A.M., any excessive noise likely to disturb the peace and quiet, well-being, comfort or rest of people in the neighbourhood constitutes a nuisance. Even during the day, a noise can be a nuisance. Noises like that of a pool pump or heating and air conditioning appliances may not exceed 50 decibels at the property line.
In addition, the use of any noise generating tool using, as a mower, a lawn tractor, an edger, a chainsaw or a leaf blower, constitutes a noise nuisance except during the following periods:
- Monday to Friday: 7:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M.
- Saturday and public holidays: 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
- Sunday: 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
Commercial vehicles such as semi-trailers, dump trucks, box trucks and dual rear wheel trucks may not park in residential areas, whether on the street or in the owner’s driveway.
Garage sales and yard sales are allowed in May and September only. No permit is required.
Harmonized municipal by-laws
Règlement relatif aux colporteurs et aux commerçants itinérants - RMH 220 (Règlement 1562)
Règlement relatif à la circulation - RMH 399 (Règlement 1565)
Règlement relatif au stationnement - RMH 330 (Règlement 1694)
Règlement concernant la sécurité, la paix et l'ordre - RMH 460 (Règlement 1759)
Règlement sur les nuisances - RMH 450 (Règlement 1781)
Règlement sur les systèmes d'alarme - RMH 110 (Règlement 1782)
Règlement de procédure des séances du conseil (Règlement 1000)
Règlement établissant les règles de fonctionnement de la bibliothèque municipale de Vaudreuil-Dorion de même que les conditions d'utilisation par le public des services qu'elle offre (Règlement 1101)
Règlement concernant la prévention des incendies (Règlement 1216)
Règlement régissant l'approvisionnement en eau potable (Règlement 1505)
Règlement concernant les chiens et les chats (Règlement 1510)
Règlement régissant l'utilisation extérieure des engrais et des pesticides (Règlement 1556)
Règlement sur les ventes de garage et ventes temporaires (Règlement 1563)
Règlement décrétant l'imposition d'une taxe aux fins du financement des centres d'urgence 9-1-1 (Règlement 1570)
Règlement sur les matières résiduelles (Règlement 1586)
Règlement sur les limites de vitesse (Règlement 1591)
Règlement municipal relatif à la circulation des camions et des véhicules-outils (Règlement 1592)
Règlement relatif à l'usage des systèmes de traitement tertiaire de désinfection par rayonnement ultraviolet sur le territoire de la ville de Vaudreuil-Dorion (Règlement 1607)
Règlement sur l'utilisation extérieure de l'eau potable (Règlement 1623)
Règlement relatif au programme d'aide aux entreprises sous forme de crédit de taxes (Règlement 1640)
Règlement relatif au code d'éthique et de déontologie des employés municipaux (Règlement 1655)
Règlement relatif au déneigement des aires de stationnement privées par des entrepreneurs sur le territoire de la ville (Règlement 1692)
Règlement imposant un mode de tarification pour le financement de certains biens, services ou activités (Règlement 1709)
Règlement relatif aux espèces exotiques envahissantes (Règlement 1710)
Règlement concernant le versement de la somme d'argent exigible lors du dépôt d'une demande de révision administrative portant sur l'exactitude, la présence ou l'absence d'une inscription foncière (Règlement 1711)
Règlement décrétant les taux de taxation et de tarification des services municipaux pour l'année 2016 (Règlement 1718)
Règlement décrétant les tarifs pour la consommation de l'eau pour l'année 2016 (Règlement 1719)
Règlement concernant la division de la Ville de Vaudreuil-Dorion en huit (8) districts électoraux (Règlement 1723)
Règlement décrétant les taux de taxation et de tarification des services municipaux pour l'année 2017 (Règlement 1732)
Règlement décrétant les tarifs pour la consommation de l'eau pour l'année 2017 (Règlement 1733)
Règlement relatif aux installations septiques (Règlement 1735)
Règlement relatif à la gestion des eaux pluviales (Règlement 1744)
Règlement décrétant les taux de taxation et de tarification des services municipaux pour l'année 2018 (Règlement 1745)
Règlement décrétant les tarifs pour la consommation de l'eau pour l'année 2018 (Règlement 1746)
Code d'éthique et de déontologie des élus municipaux (Règlement 1749)
Règlement relatif aux modalités de publication des avis publics (Règlement 1750)
Règlement sur les branchements à l'égout et à la conduite d'eau (Règlement 1760)
Règlement sur la gestion contractuelle (Règlement 1764)
Règlement décrétant les taux de taxation et de tarification des services municipaux pour l'année 2019 (Règlement 1767)
Règlement décrétant les tarifs pour la consommation de l'eau pour l'année 2019 (Règlement 1768)
Règlement complémentaire au Règlement d'application de la Loi visant à favoriser la protection des personnes par la mise en place d'un encadrement concernant les chiens (Règlement 1771)
Règlement relatif au taux du droit de mutation applicable aux transferts dont la base d'imposition excède 500 000 $ (Règlement 1786)
Règlement décrétant les taux de taxation et de tarification des services municipaux pour l'année 2020 (Règlement 1788)
Règlement décrétant les tarifs pour la consommation d'eau pour l'année 2020 (Règlement 1789)
Règlement décrétant un programme d'incitatifs financiers pour les immeubles identifiés au Programme particulier d'urbanisme (PPU) du secteur Harwood - De Lotbinière (Règlement 1790)