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Residential Issues

Boulevard Maintenance

Property owners in Richmond are required to upkeep the boulevard fronting their property and to ensure that no shrubs, trees or other vegetation encroach or block any sidewalk, roadway or traffic control device (e.g. yellow curb). By doing so you ensure unobstructed access to public sidewalks and roadways, as well as assure the safety of pedestrians and vehicles.

Resident responsibilities for upkeep of the boulevard include:

  • cutting the grass
  • trimming hedges, trees and shrubs
  • keeping the boulevard free of brush, noxious weeds and other objects

Property owners are not permitted to place any "hard surfaces" (i.e. rocks, boards, etc.) on the boulevard. Further, most boulevards consist of a 2.5 meter "shoulder" allowance where the public are permitted to park regardless of ground cover (e.g. asphalt, gravel or grass) and it is the responsibility of the property owner to ensure that the "shoulder" remains unobstructed. For a detailed description of "boulevard" or "shoulder" and  their associated allowances and bylaws, please see PDF Document Boulevard Maintenance Diagram.

To report overgrown vegetation or other encroachments impacting sidewalks and roadways, please complete the online Customer Feedback form.

To report the obstruction of a traffic control device, roadway or intersection, please call the Transportation Department at 604-276-4210.

To report unauthorized structures, signs or objects on City property, please call Community Bylaws at 604-276-4345 or for more information regarding signs, please see Signage on City Property.

To enquire about regulations and allowances associated with driveways, please see the Residential Lot (Vehicular Access) Regulation Bylaw No. 7222 or call the Engineering Department at 604-276-4189.