Common Concerns

The City of Yorkton Community Safety Officers are responsible for enforcing all municipal bylaws. Bylaw officers handle issues and concerns related to any activities addressed in our City bylaws.

Below is information about the most common bylaw complaints we receive.

Animal related concerns

 Do dogs need to be on a leash?

Dogs must be on a leash if they are not on their owner's property, and the owner must be in control of the leash. If your dog is on your property, it does not need to be on a leash.

For more information, please see our Animal Control Bylaw

 Are cats allowed to walk around the neighbourhood?

No, cats should not be walking around the neighbourhood unless they are on a leash. When cats roam the neighbourhood, they can often become a nuisance to neighbours (e.g., using a neighbours flower garden as a litter box). If your cat wants to be outside, please keep it on a leash.

For more information, please see our Animal Control Bylaw

If you have a cat in your neighbourhood being a nuisance, you can report a concern to the Community Safety Officers.

 Barking dogs

If you have a concern about a barking dog in your neighbourhood, please review and complete the Barking Dog Complaint Package.

If you have already completed the barking dog complaint package and would like to submit it to the Community Safety Officers for complaint investigation, you can submit a form online, submit by email, drop the forms at City Hall or mail to:

City of Yorkton

Box 400

Yorkton, SK S3N 2W3

Attn: Bylaw Services

If you have a concern about a barking dog in your neighbourhood, please review and complete the Barking Dog Complaint Package.

If you have already completed the barking dog complaint package and would like to submit it to the Community Safety Officers for complaint investigation, you can submit a form online [Hyperlink to the report a concern form], submit by email, drop the forms at City Hall or mail to:

City of Yorkton

Box 400

Yorkton, SK S3N 2W3

Attn: Bylaw Services

Noise complaint

 Noise disturbance

If you have a concern about construction noise in your neighbourhood, engine retarder brakes, etc. you can submit a form online or contact the Community Safety Officers at 306-786-1725.

Between the hours of 7:00 pm and 7:00 am, please contact the RCMP Detachment at 306-786-2400.

 My neighbour is playing loud music next door, what can I do?

As per our Noise Bylaw, no person should make or allow a noise that is unnecessary or unreasonably loud and disturbs a neighbourhood.

We suggest, if you're comfortable, to speak to your neighbour and ask them to turn down the music. Otherwise, you can report a concern to the Community Safety Officers.

Parking complaint

 How long can I park my car on the street?
Generally, you can park your car on the street for a maximum of 24 hours, unless a no parking or restricted parking sign is posted.

During or after a heavy snowfall, we may declare a snow route parking ban. If you park in a snow route while a parking ban is in effect, fines may be issued and your vehicle may be towed.

For more information, please see our Traffic Bylaw. You can also report a concern if you believe a vehicle is parked illegally or has been there for over 24 hours.

 Where can I park my commercial vehicle?

The manufacturers' gross vehicle weight is what determines where commercial vehicles can be parked.

  • If your commercial vehicle's weight is more than 6,350 kg: you can only park the vehicle on your private property in a residential area once per 7 days and for no more than 48 hours.
  • And if your commercial vehicle is over 8,000 kg, it can't be parked on your driveway or parking pad in the front yard.

You can read more about commercial vehicle parking in our Traffic Bylaw and Property Standards Bylaw.

You can also report a concern if you believe a commercial vehicle is parked illegally.

 Where can I park my RV?

RV's can be parked on a driveway or parking pad in the front yard from April 1 to October 31. You are permitted from parking your RV on the driveway at any other time.

If you do park your RV in your driveway, it must be 1.5 metres from the interior edge of the sidewalk or curb (where no sidewalk exists).

RV's such as camper trailers, fifth-wheel trailers, etc., cannot be left unattached from a truck if it is parked on the street.

You can read more about RV parking in the Traffic Bylaw and Property Standards Bylaw.

You can also report a concern if you believe an RV is parked illegally.

 Parking concerns

If you have a concern about parking, such as:

  • A vehicle is obstructing your driveway
  • a vehicle has been parked on your street for an extended period of time
  • unattached trailers parked on the street

You can submit a form online or contact the Community Safety Officers at 306-786-1725.

If you have a concern about parking, such as:

  • A vehicle is obstructing your driveway
  • a vehicle has been parked on your street for an extended period of time
  • unattached trailers parked on the street

You can submit a form online [Hyperlink to the report a concern form] or contact the Community Safety Officers at 306-786-1725.

Yard care and property standards

 Are there rules about having overgrown grass and weeds?

Yes, every property owner is required to cut grass and weeds on their property before they become overgrown.

For more information, please see our Property Standards Bylaw

You can also report a concern if you think a neighbours grass or weeds are overgrown.

 Are there rules about having an untidy yard?

Yes. The Property Standards bylaw states “all residential yards are prohibited from being kept in an untidy and unsightly condition”. For example, household furniture and appliances should not be left outside also any material that is deemed to clutter and make the property appear untidy and unsightly must be tidied or removed.

For a more detailed list, please view our Property Standards Bylaw

You can also report a concern if you think a neighbours property is untidy.

 Are there rules about neighbours pushing snow into the street or onto my property?

Your neighbour should not push snow into the street, alley or other City owned property. Please refer to our Traffic Bylaw  for more details.

There are no bylaws within the City of Yorkton for a neighbour pushing snow onto your property. If you have concerns about a neighbour pushing snow onto your property, we encourage you to speak to your neighbour.

You can report a concern about a neighbour pushing snow into the street, alley or other city owned property.

 Dumped garbage

If you see someone dumping garbage in the alley or other City owned property, please submit a form online or contact the Community Safety Officers at 306-786-1725 and provide as many details as possible.

If you find dumped garbage in an alley or other City owned property, you can also submit a form online or contact the Community Safety Officers at 306-786-1725.