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.

Important Note

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

Winter car shelters, commonly referred to as Tempos, are allowed from November 1 to April 15. 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.

Wood-burning heaters

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.

Watering

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.

Propane tanks

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.

Dogs and cats

Licences are required for all dogs and cats, at a cost of $15 each. They can be purchased at City Hall or when an inspector comes to your home. 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 the City parks. 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.

Door-to-door sales

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.

Snow removal

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

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. 

Water lines

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.

Ash trees

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.

Long grass and weeds

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.

Obstructing the free use of public areas

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.

Parks

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.

Permits

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.

Pesticides

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.

Swimming pools

Pool water shall be treated as soon as the pool is opened for the summer, except if the pool is new or needs to be repaired. Pools may be filled at any time except during watering periods. Backwashing may not exceed five minutes in duration.

Hens

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.

Tree protection

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.

Overnight parking

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) was made available to citizens last winter in an effort to ease regulations and adapt to changing weather conditions.

Following the success of its first year, with a total of 12,063 calls (an average of 106 calls per day), the hotline is back for the 2017–2018 winter season.

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 on the City’s Web site).

Quiet

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, using a mower, lawn tractor, edger, chainsaw or 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

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

Garage sales and yard sales are allowed in May and September only. No permit is required.

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