Property Care

Caring for your property and tips for being a good neighbour

  • Be a good neighbour and keep your yard clear of garbage and debris.
  • Household garbage should not be dumped in garbage and recycling bins in parks or other public spaces.
  • Deliberately dumping household garbage in parks, public spaces, private property or along the roadside is illegal.
    • Pursuant to the Keeping Markham Beautiful By-law 2017-27 : No person shall dump or deposit on any grounds or parks within the City any household waste or waste material. A first conviction can carry a fine up to $50,000.000 and could be higher upon any subsequent convictions.
  • To help keep unwanted critters away, do not leave any food outside and do not place your garbage out early.
  • Put outdoor garbage bags in metal garbage cans with securely fitted lids to stop rodents from feeding on contents.
  • Clean around the house and keep your property clutter-free. Less clutter means fewer places for rodents to hide.
  • If you have a compost heap, don’t include organic food waste, as this will attract rodents.
  • Cut your grass, including the boulevard, so it is under six inches long to discourage rodents and other pests.
  • Maintain grass, weeds and bushes. Overgrowth may affect visibility for drivers or block the sidewalk.
  • Leave grass clippings on your lawn. Grass clippings are free fertilizer to help your lawn grow greener.
  • Fences must be kept in good repair and at a permitted height.
  • Love your dandelions! They are the first food for bees and butterflies in early spring - and are critical to the survival of our pollinators.
  • Apply for a permit before cutting down any tree in Markham with a trunk diameter of 20 cm (7.8 in) or more.
  • Get rid of any standing water. It is a breeding ground for mosquitoes which spread diseases like the West Nile Virus.
  • Whether at home or on vacation, homeowners must ensure their pools are safe and in good repair at all times.

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