About the by-law
The City of Vaughan defines encroachment as any vegetation or landscaping from private property crossing onto all or a part of a public walkway, driveway or property.
The Encroachment By-law 034-2017 (PDF) outlines rules to keep public properties safe, clear and accessible for all who use them.
- Encroachments – including landscaping, vegetation and natural or man-made objects – cannot be located wholly or partially on the public boulevard or City parks or open spaces.
- All unauthorized encroachments may be removed by the City at the owner’s expense.
- The City does not investigate or enforce encroachment on private property as they are civil matters.