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Bylaw Enforcement / ​Canine Control

Bylaw Enforcement

Township Bylaws are in place for the health and safety of its residents.  The goal of Bylaw Enforcement is to work with the residents to achieve compliance, not to penalize them.

Ramara Township will act on written complaints from the general public concerning alleged bylaw violations.  Staff will offer assistance and direction with respect to bylaw concerns, however no investigation will be initiated until the complaint is received in writing.

Upon receipt of the written complaint, the Bylaw Enforcement Officer will conduct an investigation to determine the validity of the complaint and the nature of the infraction relative to our existing bylaws.  You will be advised accordingly whether or not the complaint is valid or alternatively refer you to another government agency to assist you.

To report a bylaw infraction, complete, sign and submit a Bylaw Enforcement Confidential Complaint Form.  Your personal information will be kept confidential; however should the matter proceed to Court, it may be necessary for you to attend as a witness to the violation.

If the matter is rectified the investigation will be closed.  If the bylaw infraction continues proper paperwork must be completed.

Common bylaws enforced by Ramara Bylaw Enforcement Officers

Complaints regarding the following are required to be submitted in writing:

When to Call the Police

All Criminal activity should be reported directly to the Ontario Provincial Police at (705) 326-3536 (in case of an emergency, call 911), such as:

  • Vandalism
  • Trespassing
  • Domestic Disputes
  • Loitering

Police may also enforce the following Township Bylaws

When to Contact the County of Simcoe

All County of Simcoe matters should be reported directly to the County of Simcoe, such as:

  • Forest Conservation – Tree Cutting
  • Sign Bylaw – along County Roads
  • Traffic and Parking – along County Roads
  • Anti-Dumping – along County Roads
  • Forest Recreation
  • Solid Waste Management
  • Provincial Weed Control Act


Canine Control

Click Found Dogs to view info regarding dogs hoping to be reunited with their owners.

Click Pets for Adoption to view info and photos of pets in Ramara seeking loving homes.

Canine Control Facility - Animal Shelter


Please note:

  • CANINE CONTROL BYLAW 2005.76 SECTION 2.1 states: “All dogs within the geographic limits of the Township shall be annually licensed by their owners whose municipal address is within the Township.”
  • Dogs are prohibited on the Ramara Centre property (including the sports fields) and in some Township Parks.  Please watch for and obey the signs. 
  • Rabies vaccination clinics are held in the fall each year.  Notice of date and time will be published in local papers and on our webpage. Notices are posted at the Corporate Services Office and both Township Libraries.​