Public Nuisance By-law

In an effort to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for residents and visitors, a public nuisance by-law has come into effect to reduce social misbehaviour.

As outlined in the Public Nuisance By-law, you cannot act in a way that creates a disturbance, damages property or impacts the safety of residents of the City. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Public urination and defecation;
  • Spitting;
  • Using profane or obscene language or gestures;
  • Odours caused by the consumption of cannabis in public places that infringes or causes a detrimental effect on a member of the public;
  • Disorderly conduct;
  • Public drunkenness and intoxication;
  • Unlawful sale, furnishing or distribution of alcoholic beverages or illegal or controlled substances;
  • Damage to or destruction of public or private property, including the knocking over of objects such as mailboxes and newspaper boxes;
  • And public disturbances, including public brawls or public fights.


City of Brantford by-law officers are responsible for enforcement of the Public Nuisance By-law. A ticket and fine will be issued to those who do not follow the law with a maximum fine of $5,000.