Respecting the rights of our neighbours and ensuring the health and safety of the public is an important and essential aspect of community living. At times; however, boundaries may be crossed and Bylaw Compliance Officers are given the task to investigate complaints received from the public about alleged violations of various municipal bylaws.

The goal of the By-law department is not to penalize the residents of East Zorra-Tavistock or visitors but, rather, to achieve compliance through education and the provision of information in order to preserve the quality of life to which each citizen is entitled.

Bylaw Compliance deals with the following issues:

  • Clean Yard Violations
    • Unsightly premises, discarded vehicles
  • Fire/Building Code Violations
    • Life safety issues, public hazards
  • Property Standards
    • Illegal structures, health & safety issues
    • Weed Control
  • Animal Control
    • Dogs running loose, barking
  • Traffic regulation
    • Illegal parking, vehicle obstructions
  • Zoning regulations
    • land uses
  • Garage Sales
  • Noise/Nuisance Complaints
As of October 2008 the Township has instituted set fines for many of the by-law infractions. However, failure to comply with some of the more serious violations could result in an order to appear in court.

More information is available in the By-Law Enforcement Guidelines found below. We have also included a list of commonly requested protective by-laws for your convenience.

More policies and by-laws can be found in the Policies & By-Laws page, where the most frequently requested documents are stored. The complete list of By-Laws is found at the By-Law Register.

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