By-Law Enforcement

The Town of South Bruce Peninsula is committed to providing a professional level of by-law enforcement service. The primary goals of the Town's by-law enforcement are:

  • Public Safety
  • Protection of residents & visitors peaceful enjoyment of their property
  • Property Standards and the overall appearance of South Bruce Peninsula

Enforcement is conducted on both a proactive and reactive basis.

Hours of Operation / After Hours Service

The By-Law Enforcement Officer is available at Town Hall, 315 George St., Wiarton between the hours of 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

You may also leave a message in the Town Hall voicemail box (519-534-1400 ext.143) and your call will be returned as the Officer's earliest convenience.

In accordance with Town policy BLE.3.1 By-Law Enforcement and Animal Control will not be performed outside of regular office hours unless the situation is felt to be an extreme emergency threatening human life.

For an extreme emergency threatening human life, call 9-1-1

Frequently Asked Questions:

We welcome your questions anytime and will get back to you at our earliest convenience however, please see our FAQ's to answer many of your questions.

  1. How to Make an Inquiry or Complaint

  2. When will my complaint be dealt with?

  3. Enforcement measures

  4. Payment of By-Law Infractions / Parking Tickets

  5. Noise Complaints

  6. Clean Yards / Property Standards

  7. Trailers on properties / Illegal camping

  8. Beach By-Law 

  9. Setting Off Fireworks

  10. Open Air Burning

  11. Animal Control

  12. Dog Tag(s) / Licensing

  13. Dog Park Locations

  14. Frequently Requested By-Laws

  15. Comprehensive List of South Bruce Peninsula By-Laws

  16. Contact By-Law Enforcement /  Animal Control Officer


When will my complaint be dealt with?

In accordance with Town policy BLE.3.1 By-Law Enforcement and Animal Control will not be performed outside of regular office hours unless the situation is felt to be an extreme emergency threatening human life. If you have an extreme emergency after regular business hours, dial 9-1-1. For all other calls, please leave a message in the Town Hall voicemail box (519-534-1400 ext 143) and your call will be returned during regular business hours. 

Enforcement Measures

The Town uses a variety of enforcement measures. The most preferred is to simply talk to people who are violating the Town's by-laws, explain the need for the by-laws and obtain voluntary compliance.

Where the Town cannot easily meet with people, warning letters will either be mailed to residences, hand delivered or left on vehicles. These letters will explain the nature of the violation and ask for compliance by a specific date. Follow-up investigations will occur to ensure compliance. If compliance is not achieved, formal legal proceedings may commence or a ticket(s) may be issued.  For parking violations, a by-law offence notice may be issued without notice.

The Town has a high success rate in obtaining voluntary compliance with Town by-laws however, there are always a few people who prove more difficult to convince. You may not always feel that your concerns are being addressed quickly enough however, where there is no voluntary compliance, there are formal legal requirements that must be followed and unfortunately they can take time.


Payment of By-law Infractions / Parking Tickets

Payment for By-law infractions and tickets can be made in person at the Town of South Bruce Peninsula; Town Hall, 315 George Street, Wiarton 

Office hours are Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Payment can be made by;

  • Cash
  • Cheque or Money Order payable to "Town of South Bruce Peninsula"
  • Debit

Payment after normal business hours can be made by Cheque or Money Order (please do not leave cash):

  1. Drop ticket and payment into our after-hours envelope drop slot at the Town of South Bruce Peninsula; Town Hall, 315 George Street, Wiarton 
  2. Mail to:

Town of South Bruce Peninsula

PO Box 310,

315 George Street,

Wiarton, ON

N0H 2T0

Noise Complaints -

Outside of normal office hours (8:30am-4:30 pm Monday to Friday), the Bruce Peninsula Detachment of the OPP will enforce the provisions of the Noise By-Law based upon OPP Officer availability as it relates to more urgent calls for service and the determined severity of the complaint.  The OPP will determine if the call is considered urgent or severe.  There will be no guarantee that the OPP will respond to any complaint made to them under the Town Noise By-Law.  Any after-hours complaints to the OPP with respect to the Noise By-Law will be communicated to the Town. 

If you have a complaint regarding a violation of the Noise By-Law and it is outside of normal Town business hours, please contact the OPP by calling 1-888-310-1122.

Clean Yards / Property Standards -

Issues in regards to over grown grass / weeds / vegetation & excessive accumulation of garbage / refuse / miscellaneous debris & placement of derelict motor vehicles on a property are all items covered in the Property Standards by-law.

The Property Standards by-law prescribes the minimum standard for property conditions, maintenance and occupancy to which every property in South Bruce Peninsula must adhere to and includes:

  • General Standards for all Property and Uses
  • Additional Requirements for Residential Occupancy
  • Non-Residential Property Standards
  • Vacant-Damaged-Demolition

You may find the Property Standards By-law along with other frequently requested by-laws by clicking here.


Trailers on properties / Illegal Camping -

Camping in a trailer or tent on property that is not properly zoned as a campground in the applicable zoning by-law, is prohibited without a permit in the Town of South Bruce Peninsula.

Animal Control -

Bears - ministry of natural resources (MNR) bearwise program

                        The MNR implements the Bear Wise Program.  This program provides information on preventing and reporting encounters with black bears.  Please call 1-866-514-2327 (April 1-November 30) if a bear is:Bear Wise Program Link

  • roaming around, checking garbage cans
  • breaking into a shed where garbage or food is stored
  • in a tree
  • pulling down a bird feeder or knocking over a barbecue
  • moving through a backyard or field but is not lingering
Threatening/Emergency Encounters with Wild Animals

If you feel threatened by a wild animal, Ontario Provincial Police can be reached by calling 1-888-310-1122 or

Dial 9-1-1 in an Emergency.

 Emergency encounters include:bear_in_house

  • enters a school yard when school is in session
  • enters or tries to enter a residence
  • wanders into a public gathering
  • kills livestock/pets and lingers at the site
  • stalks people and lingers at the site


Cats/ Feral Cats

The By-law dekittenspartment does not respond to complaints regarding

cats. Please contact the Grey Bruce Animal Shelter at 519-372-1911




The animal control by-law regulates the number of pet dogs a household may have to a maximum of 2 (unless acquired prior to 2008). The by-law also requires that each dog is licenced. Licences can be obtained at Town hall. As well as bringing pet dogs home safely, providing them with shelter when a home cannot be found & by ensuring public safety from aggressive dogs.dogs

 The Town promotes responsible dog ownership in an effort to maintain a safe and enjoyable community for both people and pets. If you own a dog in the Municipality of South Bruce Peninsula, there are a few rules that you must follow:  

  1. The Town of South Bruce Peninsula is a leashed Municipality. Your dog(s) must be on a leash unless you are on your privately owned property or in one of South Bruce Peninsula's "Dogs Off Leash Recreation Area (DOLRA)".
  2. You cannot have more than (two) 2 dogs per location anywhere in the Town of South Bruce Peninsula.
  3. Any person(s) owning more than (two) 2 dogs prior to 2008 may keep said dogs, but must not replace them unless a valid boarding establishment-no breeding licence is obtained.
  4. You must always pick-up after your dog (shall remove forthwith excrement left by the dog) everywhere in South Bruce Peninsula and including in the "Dogs off Leash Recreation Area".
  5. Dogs are not permitted on Sauble Beach from June 1st to Labour Day in each and every year. 
  6. All dog owners are required to obtain a Dog Tag for each dog they own or keep on their property. You may complete this form and return it in person to the Town of South Bruce Peninsula Municipal Office in Wiarton at 315 George Street and purchase a dog tag, OR you can mail the form with payment to the Town of South Bruce Peninsula at P.O. Box 310, 315 George Street, Wiarton, ON, N0H 2T0.  You must include a self-addressed, stamped envelope so that your dog tag can be mailed to you. The form must arrive at our office by March 31st for the discounted rate to apply.  There are no exceptions. 


Dog Tag(s) / Licensing -

Dog licensing fees must be renewed each year.                                              dog_tag


 Cost of Tag

First neutered or spayed January 1- May 31


First neutered or spayed June 1- Dec 31


Second neutered or spayed January 1- May 31


Second neutered or spayed June 1- Dec 31


 First not spayed or neutered Jan 1-Mar 31


 First not spayed or neutered June 1- Dec 31


 Second not spayed or neutered Jan 1-May 31


 Second not spayed or neutered June 1-Dec 31 


 Boarding Establishment No breeding


 Working dogs up to 5 No breeding


 Kennel license up to 20 Boarding and breeding 


 Kennel license 21-50 dogs. Boarding and breeding


 Kennel license per additional dog over 50


 Boarding of dog for rescue


 Dogs used for sledding Up to 12


 Dogs used for sledding per additional dog over 12


  Replacement Dog Tag Fee


 Dogs on beach June 1 to Labour Day in each year - By-Law 102-2017, Section 4.3



Dog Park Locations -dogs_playing

 Location of the two (2) Town of South Bruce Peninsula "DOLRA'S"

1579 Sauble Falls Parkway - Oliphant Ball Diamond


 108 Division Street, Wiarton - Tayja's Doggy park at the Dan Davidson Ball Diamond 



  Contact By-Law Enforcement /  Animal Control Officer -

By-Law Enforcement/Animal Control/Property Standards Officer

519-534-1400 ex 143


Please be advised, you are encouraged to and in some instances will be required to make complaints in writing and signed with valid contact information, including your mailing address. It is important that we are supplied with as much information as possible to ensure that your concerns are dealt with in an accurate and timely manner. Anonymous or verbal complaints may not be investigated or enforced. All personal information collected from complainants is protected under the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act; and will not be distributed or disclosed unless you are required as a witness.

A comprehensive list of Town by-laws can be obtained by clicking here.