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City of Windsor – No Front Yard Parking

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No Front Yard Parking

Effective February 1, 2017, Parking Enforcement will begin issuing tickets to all vehicles that are parked on a front and/or side yard, and they will continue to issue tickets to those parked on City of Windsor boulevards. In December of 2016, City Council passed the addition, “No Front Yard Parking” to the current parking by-law.

The definition of a front yard in the by-law is as follows: a yard extending across the width of a lot between the front lot line and the nearest wall of a main building on such lot in a residential district except on a driveway or as authorized by statute, regulation, by-law, or otherwise by the corporation.

Tickets for vehicles deemed to be in violation of this section of the by-law will cost owners $25.00.

Front Yard Definition:

A front yard is defined as “a yard extending across the full width of a lot between the front lot line and the nearest wall of a main building on such lot.”

Side Yard Definition:

A side yard is defined as “a yard extending from the front yard to the rear yard between the side lot line and the nearest wall of the main building on such lot.”

Boulevard Definition:

The City defines the boulevard as “all parts of the highway save and except any roadway, shoulder, driveway or sidewalk,” which means a portion of every road allowance within the limits that is not used as a sidewalk, driveway, travelled roadway or shoulder.

Historically, the enforcement of parking in the front yards of residential properties has been dealt with by the Building Division under the Planning Act. As a type of land use, the Building Division can charge, through the courts property owner(s), in instances where cars or vehicles are parked in front or side yards on the lawn, as opposed to allowable hard surfaces as outlined in the City of Windsor’s Zoning By-law 8600.

For a photo example and more information, visit Front Yard Parking page on the City of Windsor website.  You can also call 311 for information on this or any City of Windsor service.