City of Pickering proposes Right of Entry By-law for neighbouring property owners

Posted on Tuesday October 20, 2020

Pickering, ON, October 20, 2020 – The City of Pickering has proposed a Right of Entry By-law that would allow a property owner to seek approval from the City to enter an adjoining property under special circumstances.

This may apply to situations where property owners requiring access are unsuccessful at negotiating authorization with their neighbours. In urban areas where houses are built close together and close to the property line, some homeowners may require access to pass through or temporarily occupy a portion of a neighbouring property in order to make repairs or alterations to their own property.

The proposed By-law outlines a formal permit process and will require a completed application form to be submitted along with confirmation of insurance and a security deposit. The permit will indicate the period and times during which the right of entry may be exercised and proper notification to be given to the adjoining property owner.

“The By-law is intended primarily to address urban areas of the City where structures are built close to lot lines, making repairs or alterations difficult without encroaching onto a neighbouring property,” said Kim Thompson, Manager, Municipal Law Enforcement Services. “We want residents to help shape some of the elements addressed in the By-law, such as notification periods, types of work the By-law can apply to, and more.”

Visit to view the proposed By-law and take a short survey to provide comments and feedback.


As the gateway to the east GTA, Pickering (population 94,000) is strategically located where Toronto, York and Durham Regions meet. An award-winning municipality, Pickering is slated for significant economic and residential growth; offering an unparalleled quality of life for those who live, work, and play here. Its dynamic City Centre has been designated by the Province of Ontario as both an Urban Growth Centre and Mobility Hub, and continues to evolve as a preferred destination for creative learning, memorable events, and unique experiences at the heart of a vibrant, connected, and engaged community.

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