The Municipal Bylaw Enforcement Section of the Medicine Hat Police Service will be focusing on Property Standards for the month of July 2019.
The Municipal Bylaw Enforcement Section would like to remind residents of their responsibilities as tenants and property owners.
Unsightly Property is property that, in the opinion of a Bylaw Enforcement Officer, is detrimental to the surrounding area because of its unsightly condition.
When determining whether property is Unsightly the following factors are considered:
- Uncut grass and weeds.
- Vegetation that interferes with the use or visibility of street signage, sidewalks, road clearance, municipal works or public utilities.
- Wrecked or dismantled vehicles including vehicles that are inoperable and unregistered.
- Storage or accumulation of garbage, litter refuse, dilapidated furniture or appliances, machinery or machinery parts or similar items.
- Specific or general lack of repair or maintenance of the property.
- Location, zoning, use and visibility of the property.
A Bylaw Officer may issue a written Direction to the occupant and owner or an Order to the property owner to improve the appearance of the property in a specified way in a specified time period. Failing to comply with a direction or order could result in fines of $250 for a first offence and $500 for each subsequent offence, and the City may cause the property to be cleaned up and bill the owner for the costs of the clean-up. To report any concerns, please call the non-emergency line at 403-529-8481.
For more information contact
Supt. Heather Trail
Medicine Hat Police Service