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By-law Enforcement

By-law Enforcement Officers help inform people of the rules and also respond to complaints in accordance with the By-law Enforcement Policy.

Common by-laws that are enforced relate to open-air fires, property standards, yard maintenance, noise, nuisance, traffic, and parking by-laws.  The By-laws at a Glance infographic is a guide on common by-law infractions.

The City uses a contractor to enforce animal related by-laws such as the dog, cat, and keeping of certain animals by-laws.  Please contact the Owen Sound Animal Shelter by emailing or by calling 519-372-1123 to submit a complaint or to make an animal related inquiry.  Visit the Animal Services page for more information.

To review the most accessed by-laws, visit our By-laws and Policies page.

Please see below for details about other service areas.

Visit the Building and Renovating webpage or contact a building official for questions about building, including fences, swimming pools, and permits.

Visit our Owen Sound Fire and Emergency Services website or contact Fire Prevention Officers for questions about open air burning, fireworks, and fire safety.

To report a fire, call 911.

Visit the Parking webpage for all parking information.

To submit a parking complaint, please use the Owen Sound By-law Enforcement Portal.

Visit the Owen Sound Police Services webpage for police information or to make an urgent, after-hours by-law complaint.

For emergencies, call 911.

Contact the Grey Bruce Public Health Unit for questions about public health inspections and the enforcement of provincial public health laws, including:

  • Tobacco enforcement;
  • Food and water safety; and
  • Health hazards and disease control.

Contact Us:

808 2nd Avenue East,
Owen Sound, ON
N4K 2H4
Phone: 519-376-1440 ext. 1905 

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