Be careful where you rake fallen leaves

Jenny Cameron / October 24, 2018



No requirements to remove leaves from sidewalks.
(Matt Lawson / BCITNews)

Leaves have started falling from trees and piles are forming on the ground.

There are no requirements to rake leaves away from your sidewalk or pick them up off your yard.

However, you are not allowed to rake or blow them onto streets — it may cost you up to $10,000 in fines if caught doing so.

“People understand it is a safety issue and will typically go ahead and do that without any further steps” Jonathan McDermott, Manager of Solid Waste Programs at the City of Vancouver.

McDermott added that no fines have been issued this year.

Wet leaves left on streets or sidewalks can create slippery walking or driving conditions. They can also create potential flooding problems.

Vancouverites are generally good at raking leaves from sidewalks. (Matt Lawson / BCITNews)

“We do ask residents to help for safety reasons and flooding to help keep the sidewalks clean” – Jonathan McDermott, Manager of Solid Waste Programs at the City of Vancouver.

The City of Vancouver does not remove leaves from sidewalks. However, McDermott says people are generally good about raking leaves off sidewalks and not moving them onto the street.