Toronto Proposes Mandatory Green Rooftop Bylaw

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The benefits of growing a green rooftop have already been widely documented, but up until now it’s been up to each building owner to decide if they want to ‘go green’ or not. But there’s a new bylaw being proposed by the city of Toronto which would make green rooftops mandatory on any building with 5,000 square feet rooftops or more.

Toronto Green Rooftop

The benefits of growing a green rooftop have already been widely documented, but up until now it’s been up to each building owner to decide if they want to ‘go green’ or not. But there’s a new bylaw being proposed by the city of Toronto which would make green rooftops mandatory on any building with 5,000 square feet rooftops or more. The new bylaw would require the rooftops to be 30%-60% covered in vegetation depending on the size, and if building owners fail to comply, they could face up to $100,000 in fines. This is the first proposed bylaw of its kind in North America, but Toronto city council isn’t done yet – they want to expand the bylaw to apply to low-rise buildings, private residences, and even schools. With their free-tree giveaway already in place, Toronto is on the right track to becoming one of the great green cities in North America.

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