Ensuring the safe use and enjoyment of public and private property.
In January 2009, new uniformed peace officers joined the City of Edmonton's bylaw enforcement team. The Community Standards Peace Officers respond to "on the spot" bylaw enforcement needs, such as after-hours construction noise and people driving with unsecured loads.
These officers give the Community Standards and Neighbourhoods Branch the ability to uphold Edmonton's community standards not only on private property, but also on public property like roads and green spaces. They also work longer hours and weekends.
The program was launched in support of Council’s Strategic Plan and it strives to help keep Edmonton a livable, clean and safe city.
What issues do Community Standards Peace Officers respond to?
Community Standards Peace Officers are out in neighbourhoods and on public roads. They can be a great resource for any bylaw questions or concerns. While they can enforce any bylaw, but they are focusing on five main things:
- Vehicles driving with an unsecured or poorly-secured load
- People dumping snow, dirt, garbage or anything else illegally on public and private property
- People obstructing a public road
- Illegal signs or other visual obstructions along roadways
- Construction or industrial noise
The Community Standards Peace Officers will also respond to any bylaw concerns that requires an immediate response. Complaints will normally be investigated within 24 hours.
Hours of Operation:
October to May
Monday to Saturday 6:30am-4:30pm
Sundays and Holidays 8am-6pm
May to September
Monday to Saturday 6:30am-10pm
Sundays and Holidays 8am-10pm
What authority do the Community Standards Peace Officers have in Edmonton?
Community Standards Peace Officers are sworn in by Alberta's Solicitor General and the Province of Alberta , giving them legal peace officer status. They have the authority to enforce any city bylaw and specific provincial statutes and their mandate is to focus on particular issues affecting the community (as listed above).
Why did the City create this new enforcement unit?
During the Bylaw Consolidation Project of 2007, citizens expressed the desire for a visible bylaw presence in their communities to actively find and address bylaw violations. These new officers meet that need, which is why Council approved the program. The new officers support Council’s goal of enhancing Edmonton livability and creating a cleaner, safer city.