The boulevard is the section of land between the property line and the edge of the pavement or curb of the road. Property owner(s) and residents are required to maintain the City boulevard bordering their property, where it borders the front, back or sides of the property. This includes the maintenance and upkeep of separated boulevards, which is the area between the curb and the sidewalk.
The boulevard is a public space. Underground utilities such as water mains, storm mains, sanitary mains, hydro and gas lines share the boulevard. City staff or utility companies require access to maintain these underground utilities, or for other purposes such as to build new sidewalks, install street signs, or prune street trees.
Boulevards are important features because:
Residents have options regarding how their boulevards are landscaped, but need to ensure that:
Plantings in boulevards (trees, shrubs, flowers, and grass) are valuable amenities that greatly enhance the aesthetics and health of our neighbourhoods.
Plantings in boulevards (trees, shrubs, flowers, and grass) are valuable amenities that greatly enhance the aesthetics and health of our neighbourhoods. However, certain policies need to be followed for safety, environmental and aesthetic reasons:
City staff or other agencies may require access to a City boulevard to view, repair or construct infrastructure. In such cases, boulevard landscaping may not get restored with the original materials, where materials other than grass have been installed.
Snow and ice must be removed from the sidewalk within 10 hours of the end of a snowfall or ice forming.
Please visit our Winter Wise program page for further information regarding resident responsibilities and to report an area of concern.
Visit our Chafer Beetle page for information on how to deal with European Chafer beetle, an invasive insect that can cause damage to lawns.
Rocks, gravel, pebbles, bark mulch or other loose landscaping or surfacing materials on a boulevard must be contained and kept off any adjacent sidewalk, multi-use pathway, walking path or roadway. Please refer to Schedule A in the Boulevard Maintenance Bylaw No. 4853, 2018 (PDF) for specific details.
Do not dispose of any vegetation cuttings, debris, discarded materials or any liquid or solid waste. The following must be removed from the boulevard:
Please phone the City Parks, Recreation and Culture Department at 604-927-6300 for any tree-related enquires.