Toronto has some pretty strange by-laws. Looking through pages and pages of city documents actually makes for a relatively entertaining time because you come across so many odd rules and regulations that you've never heard of before.
Here are 8 odd Toronto laws you may not have known about:
1. Municipal Code 608-20 prohibits the use of gliders and hot air balloons in Toronto parks:
"Unless authorized by permit, no person shall tether, launch or land a hot air balloon, hang glider, ultra light aircraft or similar conveyance in a park."
2. Municipal Code 349-25 limits pet pigeons to be kept on owner's property only:
"No person keeping pigeons shall permit the pigeons to stray, perch, roost or rest upon lands, premises or buildings of any person or upon any public place in the City, except on the property of the person keeping the pigeons."
3. Municipal Code 608.34.1 disallows individuals to walk more than three dogs in Toronto parks:
"No person shall have control of more than three dogs unless authorized by a commercial dog walker permit."
4. Municipal Code 492.2 requires buildings of a certain area to have green roofs.
"Every building or building addition constructed after January 30, 2010, with a gross floor area of 2,000 square metres or greater shall include a green roof with a coverage of available roof space in accordance with the following chart."
5. Municipal Code 433-1 offers $1,000 rewards to people who disclose the identity of an individual who falsely pulled a fire alarm.
"A reward of $1,000 shall be offered and, if accepted, paid to any person who supplies information leading to the conviction of any person or persons who wilfully, without reasonable cause, make or circulate or cause to be made or circulated an alarm of fire within the City of Toronto."
6. Municipal Code 636.11 prohibits the release or distribution of helium-filled balloons in a public square.
"No person shall, within the limits of a square, release or hand out helium-filled balloons."
7. Municipal Code 608-12 prohibits the use of loud speakers from any source in a park.
"Unless authorized by permit, no person shall operate loud speakers or amplifying equipment from any source in a park."
8. Municipal Code 608-3 prohibits profane or abusive language in Toronto's parks:
"While in a park, no person shall indulge in riotous, boisterous, violent, threatening, or illegal conduct or use profane or abusive language."
BONUS: By-law 76-2016 prohibits the playing of hockey and basketball on a roadway under three conditions:
1. The roadway is classified as a local road and has a speed limit of 40 kilometres per hour or less;
2. The activity shall only occur during daylight hours and never before 9:00 a.m. or after 8:00 p.m.; and
3. All persons participating in, or permitting such activity, are responsible for determining what locations are safe and for playing in a safe manner.
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