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

By-law enforcement and other regulatory officers 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

This group performs some or all of the following duties:
Animal control officers
  • Respond to citizen complaints concerning stray domestic animals, livestock and wildlife
  • Issue warnings and citations to owners
  • Impound lost, homeless and dangerous animals.
By-law enforcement officers
  • Enforce municipal and provincial regulations
  • Investigate complaints
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.

Additional information


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