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Unsightly Premises

We all want Merritt to be the best it can be and a tidy home, yard and neighbourhood helps us put our best foot forward.  Unfortunately, not everyone works to the same level, and the City regulates our appearance through the Good Neighbour Bylaw.
The Good Neighbour Bylaw requires that you keep your property and adjoining boulevard/lane from becoming unsightly.  This means:

  • NO garbage or junk lying around (including ashes, dead animals, furniture, bedding, crockery, glass, bags, old appliances, tin cans, cardboard, paper and so forth)
  • NO accumulation of mechanical equipment, including bulldozers, graders, backhoes etc., or other heavy construction equipment (unless your property is zoned for it)
  • NO out of control grass and weeds (must be under 20 cm high) and no dead landscaping
  • NO holes, breaks, rot, crumbling, peeling paint, rusting walls or houses that show physical decay, neglect and lack of maintenance
  • NO more than two unlicensed but operable vehicles
  • NO derelict vehicles of any kind (if it can't be driven, it is derelict)
  • NO grafitti
  • NO broken down or leaning fences
  • NO pools of stagnant water

A reminder that the boulevard and lane adjoining your property is also your responsibility.  Property owners are also responsible for keeping these areas cleared of snow within 24 hours of a snowfall in residential areas and by 10 am in commercial areas.

Property owners are responsible for ensuring that shrubs and trees do not impede passage or visibility on sidewalks and roads.

The City is proactive in its enforcement of the Good Neighbour Bylaw.  When we notice a property that is not meeting standards, the Bylaw Enforcement Officer will take a photograph and send it along with a letter to the property owner requesting clean up.  If the property has not been brought up to standard by the stated date, the City may undertake the work required and the property owner will be billed for the cost of the work along with an additional 15% administrative charge.  Unpaid costs are added to the property taxes at the end of the year.  The City also has the option of prosecuting uncooperative property owners in court.