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By-law Enforcement

The By-law Enforcement Department is responsible for the enforcement of all Municipal By-laws and some government regulations such as the Provincial Offences Act, Municipal Act, Building Code Act, Planning Act, Dog Owners Liability Act, and Weed Control Act. 

By-law enforcement staff work with the community to educate and enforce by-laws and to protect the welfare, health and safety of our residents. By-law staff are also available as a resource if you have questions or concerns relating to by-laws or other enforcement issues in East Gwillimbury. 

To contact the By-law enforcement department, please call 905-478-4282 or email bylaws@eastgwillimbury.ca.

Common By-laws

By-law Concerns/Complaints

By-law related concerns can be reported to the Town by filling out our online complaint form (paper copies of the form are available at the Civic Centre), mail or by email. Please note that all concerns must include your contact information, name, address, and phone number, in order for the concern to be investigated. Personal information collected is intended to be used for the investigation and related activities, and for follow up regarding your complaint if necessary. All information collected is subject to the provisions of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. The Town of East Gwillimbury considers a complainant to be a confidential source in respect to municipal law enforcement matters and every effort will be made to protect the identity of the complainant. 

Animal Control 

Visit the Animal Control page for information about animal control, dog bites, Pound keeper and Livestock Valuation.

Business Licenses

Business Licenses are required for all refreshment vehicles, salvage yards and yaxi operations within the boundaries of East Gwillimbury.  

For applications and information on taxi licensing please contact the By-law Department.

Pool Enclosure Permits

All pools, hot tub, and whirlpools with a depth of more than 24 inches of water and is used or capable of being used for swimming or bathing must have a permit prior to being installed.  

Sign Permits

Sign permits are required for all signs. Wall signs that are affixed to the wall of a structure must have a Building Permit issued by the Building Department. Ground signs may also require a Building Permit.

Noxious Weeds

To Residents and Property Owners Regarding Noxious Weeds 

The main purpose of the Weed Control Act, R.S.O. 1990 is to reduce the impact of noxious weeds on the industries of agriculture and horticulture. Primarily, this Act applies to agricultural and horticultural lands and excludes lawns, gardens and private areas for personal enjoyment and leisure.

Under the Weed Control Act,  R.S.O. 1990, Chapter W5, sections 3, 13, 16 and 23 you are requested to destroy all noxious weeds on your property.

In Urban Areas

Sections 3, 13, 16 and 18 of the Weed Control Act do not apply to noxious weeds or 
weed seeds that are a sufficient distance from land used for agricultural or horticultural purposes, as they do not interfere with that purpose.

All properties within the Municipality of East Gwillimbury are hereby requested to be in compliance with the Weed Control Act by the 16th day of June 2005.