By-laws are rules that help protect the safety and security of our citizens. And like any rule, to be effective it needs to be enforced. Compliance with city by-laws is encouraged and enforced through education, mediation, and—if necessary—through prosecution.
The Saint John By-Law Enforcement Service is responsible for the enforcement of City by-laws related to maintenance and usage of property, animal control, and some licensing. City staff investigate complaints and inspect properties to make sure that the standards laid out in the by-laws are met. The Saint John Police enforce by-laws related to noise (disturbances of the peace such as loud parties and construction noise), panhandling (obstructive and threatening panhandling), street events (parades, festivals, and demonstrations), and will assist the SPCA for animal control calls.