Maintenance standards for vacant buildings

Schedule A of the Vacant Buildings By-law contains a detailed list of all maintenance standards, including:

  • Exterior walls
  • Roofs
  • Foundations, walls, and floors
  • Porches and stairs
  • Guards, balustrades and handrails
  • Floors
  • Walls and ceilings
  • Fire protection systems
  • Yards
  • Walks and driveways
  • Fences and accessory buildings
  • Storage of combustible material

Schedule A inspections

At a minimum, the City will conduct a full inspection of vacant buildings to determine compliance with Schedule A of the By-law on an annual basis. Schedule A inspection fees will apply.

These inspections focus on:

  • Interior and exterior standards (see Schedule A of the Vacant Buildings By-law)
  • Property maintenance standards
  • Safety issues of interiors, exteriors, and yards


See Vacant building fees for more information.

  • Schedule A inspection fees are applied maximum once per year
  • Any vacant building that has had five (5) or more Schedule A inspections will be charged an annual empty building fee
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