Applying tinting foil onto a car window

What Window Tint is Legal in Calgary?

Despite the overwhelming demand for it, according to the City of Calgary, there are restrictions in terms of the vehicle modifications that you can apply to your vehicle. 

Some of them are commonly known: including headlamps, taillamps, mufflers, licence plates and even colours. But the big one that stands out from all rest is window tint films. We take a look at some of the legalities behind window tinting in Calgary

The Rules for Window Tinting in Calgary

What are the Restrictions for Window Tinting? 

  • A vehicle owner is not allowed to replace or install the window glazing in the windshield, or the side windows with a transparent, translucent or opaque material. 
  • You are not allowed to tint the headlights or taillights. They must remain in the original colour as created, which in many cases, is white. 

Why the Restrictions on Window Tinting? 

  • If an accident where to occur, window tint film doesn’t break into small pieces, like regular glass would. Therefore it can possibly cause more severe damage to the driver and passengers. 
  • The vision depth of the driver can be reduced significantly, particularly during the night. This can result in an increase in accidents. 
  • Police officers are unable to determine who is driving and how many occupants may be in the vehicle. The same applies to civilians should they be involved in a car accident or incident (such as road rage). 
  • It is more difficult for other drivers and pedestrians to determine your intentions when they can’t see your face. 

What Happens If You Break the Law? 

If you have breached any of the vehicle modification laws, you can face the following penalties:

  • Given 60 days to repair the problem and be instructed to attend a district office to show that the repair has been completed. You might be directed to a repair facility of your choice to have the repairs done.
  • You will not be allowed to drive the vehicle unless the repairs are completed, or your licence plates will be taken from the vehicle, until the repairs are completed. 

So Why is Window Tinting Available?

It’s the question that all drivers want to know: why are window tinting products allowed, but they’re against the law? 

According to the City of Calgary, “it is up to the consumer to be aware of what modifications they want to do and educate themselves with the laws and also to speak to law enforcement for advice if they are unsure of what is acceptable.”

Window tint and paint protection film shops are allowed to sell these products without risk or liability. Speaking to experts, such as Calgary PPF, can help you gauge the limitations you can apply for your vehicle. 

Be sure to treat your vehicle right by contacting the experts at Calgary Paint Protection Film. You can always expect friendly and prompt service. We work around your schedule to provide maximum convenience. Keep your car looking like new, the easy way! Phone: 587-324-1993