By-law Enforcement

Frequently Requested By-Laws

The Animal Control By-law deals with issues such as:

  • Licencing dogs
  • dogs running at large
  • "poop and scoop"
  • dog attacks

In the Township of Huron-Kinloss no person shall have more than three (3) dogs on any premises unless they own and operate a licenced kennel.

Licencing Dogs

Township of Huron Kinloss Dog Licence(s) can be purchased at:

  • The Huron-Kinloss Municipal office, 21 Queen St. Ripley
  • Lucknow Travel, 603 Campbell St, Lucknow
  • Country Depot, 315 Hamilton Lane, Kincardine.

Cost for a dog license is:

  • $15.00 before March 1st
  • $25.00 after March 1st

The dog tag must be affixed to assigned dog at all times for easy retrieval of your dog ( with exception of hunting dogs). Please note that starting in 2010, the Township will be using 'permanent' dog tags. It is expected that these tags will last 10 years. The Township of Huron Kinloss hopes to reduce waste by moving to these permanent tags.

Dogs Running at Large

Dog licences are vital in helping with the safe and easy return of your pet. Dogs found straying at large without a licence in the Township of Huron Kinloss will be impounded at the Ripley Huron Veterinary Clinic. Prior to claiming your dog a fee must be paid at the municipal office as per the Consolidated Fees By-Law. You will also be required to pay for any boarding or veterinarian costs incurred during his/her stay. A dog licence if necessary will also be required prior to the release of the dog.

"Poop and Scoop"

As a dog owner it is your responsibility to clean up after it. The Animal Control By-Law 99-21 stipulates that every person who owns, harbors, possesses or is in control of any dog shall remove forthwith and dispose of any excrement left by said dog on any property in the Township, other than the premises of the owner of the dog. Violators will be charged.

If you have concerns relating to dogs please contact the By-Law Enforcement Officer at 519-395-3844

Dog Attacks

All Dogs shall be in the care and control of the owner at all times. The owner of any dog that has previously bitten shall ensure that the dog is muzzled or leashed while the dog is outdoors.

All dog attacks or bites should be immediately reported to the By-Law Enforcement Officer at 519-395-3844.

The Dog Owners Liability Act R.S.O. 1990 Chapter D.16 is in effect and will be enforced when needed in extreme situations.

No person shall, unless permitted by this act;

  • Own a pit bull
  • Breed a pit bull
  • Transfer a pit bull
  • Abandon a pit bull or allow it to stray
  • Import a pit bull
  • Or train a pit bull for fighting

One may own a pit bull if it was owned prior to 2005, or born before the during the 90 day period after the Public Safety Related to Dogs Statute Law Amendment Act came into force. 2005, c.2, s.1 (16).

Under the Dogs Statute Law Amendment Act 2005 (Bill 132), a pit bull is defined as:

  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • American Pit Bull Terrier
  • A dog that has an appearance and physical characteristics that are substantially similar to those of dogs referred to above.

The burden of proof in proving that a dog is not a pit bull lies on the owner of the dog.

The residents of the Township of Huron-Kinloss have a right to and should be ensured an environment free from unusual, unnecessary, or excessive noise which may degrade the quality and tranquility of their life or cause nuisance.

The Noise Control By-Law 2005-101 is a by-law to monitor noise pollution and control excessive noise which disturbs the peace and quiet of the surrounding neighbourhood.

The Township of Huron-Kinloss does not regulate hunting. The Township's enforcement interest concerning hunting is pertaining to noise namely, the discharge of firearms. The lawful discharge of firearms is permitted between one half hour prior to sunrise; or 10:00a.m. on Sunday until one half hour after sundown. To report any hunting contraventions or unsafe hunting practices please contact the Ministry of Natural Resources at 1-877-847-7667.

If you are aware of violations to this by-law please contact the By-Law Enforcement Officer at 519-395-3844.

Refreshment Vehicle By-law No. 2006-50 regulates food vending carts/refreshment vehicles in the Township of Huron-Kinloss. No person shall operate a food vending cart/ refreshment vehicle without having first obtained the appropriate licence and paid the appropriate fee (consolidated fee by-law) to the municipality.
By-law 2006-50 can be found on the right hand side of this page.

The Exotic Pets By-law 2010-49 regulates the housing/keepiong of non domestic animals. To understand whether a certain animal is permitted to be kept in the Township of Huron-Kinloss refer to the Exotic Pets By-Law. If you have any further questions call the By-Law Enforcement Officer at 519-395-3844. 

Non-domesticated animals (i.e. skunks, raccoons, possums etc.) are not dealt with through the Township of Huron-Kinloss. Local trappers may be contacted to rid your property of the pests at your cost. Contact the By-Law Enforcement Officer to obtain contact information for local trappers. Please review attached fact sheets concerning Animal Distemper and Living with Coyotes. In response to bear sightings, please report to the Ministry of Natural Resources at 1-866-514-2327.

The Township of Huron-Kinloss does not regulate hunting. The Township's enforcement interest concerning hunting is pertaining to noise, namely the discharge of firearms. The lawful discharge of firearms is permitted between one half hour prior to sunrise; or 10:00a.m. on Sunday until one half hour after sundown. To report any hunting contraventions or unsafe hunting pratices please contact the Ministry of Natural Resources at 1-877-847-7667.

The Lawn Watering By-Law 2010-46 states that from June 1st to September 15th lawns may be watered between 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. for those properties serviced by a municipal water supply except for those properties having automatic sprinkler systems. Residents with automatic sprinkler systems may water during the hours of 4:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m.  Further, only odd numbered properties may water on odd numbered days and even numbered on even days.

There are exemptions for newly sodded or seeded lawns. Arrangements can be made with the By-Law Enforcement Officer. Tickets will be issued to those found in contravention of the by-law.

If you are aware of residents violating this by-law please contact the By-Law Enforcement Officer at 519-395-3844

The Property Standards By-Law 99-124 is a minimum maintenance standard by-law which receives its authority under the Building Code Act and applies to all properties located within the Township of Huron-Kinloss.

All property owners are required to repair and maintain their property in accordance with the standards in the by-law. The standards are prescribed to ensure the health and safety of township residents, and to ensure that residents take pride in their property and their neighbourhood.

The enforcement of it may be broken down into the following basic criteria:

  1. If it's broke- fix it!
  2. If it used to be there- replace it!
  3. If it no longer required- remove it!

The object of a Property Standards Investigation is to obtain compliance with the By-Law.

If a property is noticed or reported to be in contravention to the by-law an ORDER TO REMEDY may be issued. Compliance to the ORDER will be monitored or will be enacted by the Township at the expiry date on the ORDER at the property owner's expense if no appeals are received.

If you are aware of properties in violation of this by-law please contact the By-Law Enforcement Officer at 519-395-3844.

The Township of Huron-Kinloss has an agreement with the Ministry of Natural Resources that The Township of Huron Kinloss By-Law Enforcement Officer may enforce any posted rules and regulations along the Lake Huron shoreline which is crown owned. (Section 28 Public Lands Act R.S.O. 1990).

Posted Regulations are:

  1. No littering
  2. Clean up after your pets
  3. No destruction of beach dunes
  4. No motorized vehicles on the beach

The beaches and dunes are fragile systems and these policies aim to minimize negative impact on both.

A balance must be struck between human activity and people’s enjoyment of the beach, with the conservation of our beach-dune system, which aims to preserve the integrity of the beach for the benefit of future generations.

If you are aware of residents harming the natural state of the lakeshore area please contact the By-Law Enforcement Officer at 519-395-3844

All properties within the Township of Huron Kinloss must be maintained to certain standards. The Urban Area Weed and Grass Cutting By-Law 2003-40 states grass and weeds must be cut whenever growth exceeds 20cm in height.

If a property is noticed in contravention, a registered letter will be sent with a compliance date noted. If compliance is not reached, the Township of Huron Kinloss will ensure the property conforms at the property owner(s) expense.

If you are aware of properties in violation to this by-law please contact the By-Law Enforcement Officer at 519-395-3844

Noxious Weeds:

Landowners are advised that pursuant to the Weed Control Act, 1990, noxious weeds growing on their property must be destroyed. Noxious weeds not destroyed by the landowner can be destroyed by the township with the related costs being billed to the landowner. The Weed Inspector for Bruce County is Ken Goldsmith who can be reached at 519-534-2092 ext. 107.

Ontario listed Giant Hogweed as a provincially noxious weed under the Weed Control Act in 2010 and it has become a problem in the Township of Huron Kinloss. Please see the related information sheets and pictures of this plant before coming into contact with giant hogweed.


Under the direction of the Clerk's Department, the By-law Enforcement Officer enforces municipal by-laws in a manner that protects the general public and ensures the township remains a pleasant and attractive community to reside in, conduct business in and visit. The Department is also responsible for parking issues, property standards, lakeshore protection, noise complaints, ATV use, and the licensing and control of dogs.

If the incident does not fall within the parameters noted above and is not an emergency, there is an option to use the OPP Citizen Self Reporting System.

The Citizen Self Reporting System is an easy way for an individual to report an incident to the Ontario Provincial Police using a computer of a mobile device.  An individual must have a valid email address to report an incident. The reporting system is a step by step process and is helpful in situations involving minor infractions or where a suspect is known.

All emergencies still need to go through 911.

 

 


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Fax: 519-395-4107
Email: info@huronkinloss.com
Address:
21 Queen Street, P.O. Box 130, Ripley ON N0G 2R0