Construction Waste and Building Site Cleanliness

To help keep both the community and building sites clean, the City of Spruce Grove has incorporated construction waste and building material storage practices into our Community Standards Bylaw.

Site safety and cleanliness keeps building sites free from debris and helps ensure workers have safe access to construction sites, and residents have safe access to neighbouring sidewalks and driveways.

Bylaw highlights include:

  • Builders should keep a tidy construction site by not accumulating excess building materials, garbage, and debris.
  • Construction materials will need to be stored neatly, this includes waste, building materials, equipment, and excavated materials.
  • Waste and building materials will need a dedicated storage location on site for the duration of the project and should not be stored outside of where work is being completed. This includes on City or public land.
  • A staging/storage area should be developed, upon backfilling, to place materials and equipment neatly. Builders will need to ensure either a gravel pad or poured driveway is established until the project is completed.
  • To dispose of waste, a dedicated garbage container is required on each site. Waste containers must be kept at under 80 per cent capacity, and builders must ensure that no hazardous materials are disposed of in any garbage container or placed into the storm or sanitary sewer system.
  • Builders should also ensure clay and gravel do not enter the sewer system, are not stored on neighbouring lots, and are kept on site.
  • Builders may be asked to install a temporary fence or barrier to maintain site safety. Temporary fencing will help prevent outside entry and dumping and increase safety if a construction site is neighbouring a lot with a different elevation.

Details about construction waste and building materials can be found in Section 11 of the Community Standards Bylaw.

Frequently asked questions


The regulations in the Community Standards Bylaw promote safety, cleanliness, and community aesthetics, contributing to a pleasant community and safe access for everyone.

A construction site is a location where land development or construction work is occurring and where a development or building permit has been issued. 

The Construction Site Cleanliness Bylaw was repealed, and the content was updated and moved under section 11 of the Community Standards Bylaw, in effect July 1, 2024.

The new Community Standards Bylaw includes changes such as storing materials neatly, placing waste in garbage containers and not accumulating excess of materials on construction sites.

Construction sites now require individual waste containers that are not to be shared with other construction projects in close proximity.

Hazardous materials should be disposed of according to provincial regulations. More information on how to handle hazardous materials can be found on the Alberta Government website




Non-compliance may result in warnings or fines issued by Enforcement Services. Fines range from $1,000 to $5,000 and are detailed in Schedule A of the Community Standards Bylaw.

For complaints about unclean construction sites, call the complaint line at 780-962-7586 or report it through the online complaint portal.

For questions about Construction Waste and Building Materials, email us at or call 780-962-7582.