Community Standards By-Law

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Public engagement is complete and we thank you for your feedback. Review the Community Standards By-Law, as Amended by the Administrative Policies Committee on Nov. 9, 2023.

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Dec. 8 update: Council approved the Community Standards By-Law on Nov. 21. Discussion, deliberation and amendments preceded the passing of the by-law. We encourage participants to watch the Council meeting and read the minutes from the meeting for additional information.


The safety and well-being of our residents and visitors, and a clean and enjoyable environment where everyone feels included, are priorities for the City of Kingston. The vision of the Community Standards By-Law is for the community to work together to create a livable Kingston.

On June 29, 2022, Kingston City Council directed staff to draft a

Icons of apartment buildings, a subdivision home and rural home beside icons of industry and nature.


Dec. 8 update: Council approved the Community Standards By-Law on Nov. 21. Discussion, deliberation and amendments preceded the passing of the by-law. We encourage participants to watch the Council meeting and read the minutes from the meeting for additional information.


The safety and well-being of our residents and visitors, and a clean and enjoyable environment where everyone feels included, are priorities for the City of Kingston. The vision of the Community Standards By-Law is for the community to work together to create a livable Kingston.

On June 29, 2022, Kingston City Council directed staff to draft a by-law that would help deter certain types of nuisance behaviours in the community. The draft of the Community Standards By-Law includes:  

  • Odours
  • Construction Materials and Construction Dust
  • Idling
  • Feeding of Wildlife
  • Textile Collection Sites & Flyers
  • Safe Use of Public Spaces
  • Damage to City Property  

We are collecting feedback and input from community groups, partner organizations, businesses, and residents to ensure the Community Standards By-Law is meeting the needs of our community. Feedback will be considered as staff further refine the by-law.

Related links: Good Neighbour Guide (2019) 

Get involved

Thank you for your interest in the draft Community Standards By-law. We look forward to reviewing your feedback. Comments or questions can still be submitted by email to Jenna Morley.

Comment on the draft by-law


Thank you for your interest in the draft Community Standards By-law. We look forward to reviewing your feedback. Comments or questions can still be submitted by email to Jenna Morley. Updates on next steps and the final version of the by-law will be posted on this page. Join the project list to be notified of any updates.


For assistance, please email ContactUs@CityofKingston.ca or call 613-546-0000.


Public engagement is complete and we thank you for your feedback. Review the Community Standards By-Law, as Amended by the Administrative Policies Committee on Nov. 9, 2023.

Thank you for your interest in the draft Community Standards By-law. We look forward to reviewing your feedback. Comments or questions can still be submitted by email to jmorley@CityofKingston.ca. Updates on next steps and the final version of the by-law will be posted on this page. Join the project list to be notified of any updates.