4423 By-law enforcement and other regulatory officers, n.e.c.

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Lead statement

Officers and inspectors in this unit group enforce by-laws and regulations of provincial and municipal governments. They are employed by provincial and municipal governments and agencies.

Example Titles

  • animal control officer
  • by-law enforcement officer
  • commercial transport inspector
  • garbage collection inspector
  • liquor licence inspector
  • parking control officer
  • property standards inspector
  • taxi inspector
  • zoning inspector

Main duties

  • The following is a summary of main duties for some occupations in this unit group:
    • Animal control officers respond to citizen complaints concerning stray domestic animals, livestock and wildlife; issue warnings and citations to owners; and impound lost, homeless and dangerous animals.
    • By-law enforcement officers enforce municipal and provincial regulations, investigate complaints, and issue warnings and citations to commercial and residential property owners and occupants.
    • Commercial transport inspectors inspect commercial vehicles to ensure compliance with regulations governing load restrictions, the transportation of hazardous materials and public safety.
    • Garbage collection inspectors investigate complaints concerning infractions of garbage collection by-laws.
    • Liquor licence inspectors conduct inspections of licensed establishments, advise licencees on laws and regulations, and report contravention of laws and regulations to provincial liquor control boards and agencies.
    • Parking control officers enforce parking by-laws on city streets, regional roads and municipal properties.
    • Taxi inspectors inspect taxicabs for mechanical reliability, cleanliness, licensing and meter accuracy; investigate public complaints, issue citations and prepare reports; and give evidence to city councils, taxi commissions and in court.
    • Zoning inspectors investigate properties in violation of zoning and related by-laws, after receiving requests for licence clearances pertaining to zoning and related by-laws, and on receipt of building permit applications.
    • By-law enforcement officers may specialize in the enforcement of one specific by-law.

Employment requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is required.
  • Completion of a college program or courses in law and security or other related field or Experience in a related administrative or regulatory occupation is usually required.
  • Zoning inspectors or zoning enforcement officers may require a college diploma as a civil engineering or architectural technologist or technician and several years of experience in enforcement and/or building construction or a related field.
  • On-the-job training is provided.


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