By-laws and Policies

You may be interested in the by-laws and policies below. If you wish to see a by-law or policy not listed on this page you may contact the Clerk's Office for more information.

For questions about enforcement or to file a complaint, please see By-law Enforcement.


By-laws are the established rules the public, staff or Council must follow.

Administration By-laws (Includes Boards, Committees, Policies, Fees)

Acting Mayor By-law

Appointed Officers By-law

Board & Committee By-law

Civil Marriage By-law

Delegation of Powers & Duties By-law

Emergency Management By-law & Response Plan

Fees & Charges By-law

Fire and Emergency Services By-law

Fire Services Cost Recovery By-law

Notice By-law

Procedural By-law

Purchasing By-law

Reward for Damage to City Property

Sale & Other Disposition of Land By-law

Tax Policy By-law

Animal By-laws

Cat By-law

Dog By-law

Dog Kennels

Keeping Certain Kinds of Animals

Prohibit Feeding Wild Animals

Environmental By-laws (Includes Waste, Recycling, Water, Wastewater)

Backflow Prevention By-law

Idling Control By-law

Mandatory Recycling By-law

Owen Sound Shade Tree By-law

Regulate Standing Water

Require Sewer Connections

Sewer Use & Land Drainage By-law

Waste Management By-law

Water Supply & Lawn Watering

Licensing By-laws

Business Licensing By-law

Charitable Solicitations on Highways

Lottery Licensing & Licensing Officer

Noise and Nuisance By-laws

Mobile Sound Operators

Noise Control By-law

Prohibit Certain Noises - Boats

Public Nuisances

Parks and Recreation By-laws

Establish and Regulate Dog Parks

Extended Parking By-law (Fishing Derby)

Greenwood Cemetery By-law

Regulate and Control Parks

Property, Building, Planning and Zoning By-laws

Building By-law

Conditions Hazardous to Children

Development Charges By-law

Enter Adjoining Lands for Repairs

Encroachment By-law

Election Sign By-law

Fortification of Land By-law

Guard Against Fire in Buildings & Yards

Heat By-law (Rented Housing)

Heritage Property Tax Relief Program

Outdoor Swimming Pool Fences

Pre-Consultation By-law for ZBA, OPA, Site Plan or Subdivision Approval

Property Standards By-law

Regulate Mobile Home Parks

Sign By-law

Site Plan Control By-law

Snow Removal By-law

Unlawful Trespass on City Property

Yard Maintenance By-law

Zoning By-law

Public Safety By-laws

Fireworks By-law

Open Air Fire By-law

Prohibit and Regulate Firearms

Prohibit Swimming in Certain Areas

Use of Helmets By-law

Retail By-laws

Holiday Shopping By-law

Streets and Traffic By-laws

Fire Route By-law

Moving of a Building

Off-Road Vehicles By-law (additional information can be found on the Owen Sound ATV map)

Preservation of Order on Streets

Prohibit Vehicles on 7th St. East Hill

Prohibit Vehicles on 17th St. East Hill Walkway

Regulate Debris & Mud on Highways

Snowmobile Operation

Street Occupation By-law

Temporary Street Closure for Events

Traffic By-law

Transporting Large Objects

Unauthorized Parking By-law


Council policies include Council positions or goals, service levels, staff duties, or rules for using City properties or services.

Administration & Finance

Accessible Customer Service Standards

Accountability and Transparency

By-law Enforcement

Complaints Process

Dog Tags



Records and Information Management

Strategic Asset Management Policy

Tax Collection and Billing

Utility Collection and Billing

Video Surveillance

Arts, Culture & Tourism

Public Art

Communications & Public Relations

Flag Flying, Proclamations and Public Awareness Campaigns


Development Charges

Sign By-law Amendments

Special Services Application Procedure

Facilities, Parks & Recreation


Ball Diamond Maintenance Standards

Banners at City Recreation Facilities

Campground Booking Refund Policy

Community Gardens

Ice Allocation

Minor Sports Subsidy

Municipal Alcohol

Naming and Re-Naming City Parks and Facilities

Non-Resident Fee

Playgrounds & Parks Master Plans

Smoke-Free Recreation Spaces

Special Occasion Permit - Municipal Significance


Tree Preservation

Waiving of Rental Fees

Waiving of Rental Fees for Provincial, National and International Events


Code of Conduct for Members of Council, Local Boards and Committees

Use of Municipal Resources for Elections

 Parking, Roads & Transportation

Concrete Curb-Face Sidewalk Driveway Entrance Details

Conventional Transit

Dedicated Spaces for Businesses in Municipal Lots

Downtown Sidewalk Snow Clearing

Neighbourhood Traffic Calming

Off-Street Parking Permits

Parking Permits and Street Parking

Parking Ticket Review

Signage on Municipal Road Allowances

Specialized Transit with Application

Street Occupation Permit - Road Closure Notification Procedure

Temporary Closure for Parades

Winter Maintenance Level of Service

Water & Wastewater

Drinking Water Quality Management System

Run Water Advisory Billing



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