By-laws and Enforcement

In the Township of Douro-Dummer, by-laws set standards and help us build a safe, respectful and clean community for all residents and visitors.


To view copies of the Township's By-laws, contact the Clerk's Department.

Building By-law

The Building By-law outlines the requirements around building and construction projects including building permit applications. Review the 2024-31 Building By-law or request a copy from staff.

Collection and Disposal of Waste By-law

Review the Collection and Disposal of Waste By-law to learn more about garbage collection and waste disposal in the Township of Douro-Dummer.

Council Remuneration By-law

The By-Law 2022-37 to Provide for The Annual Paying of An Annual Allowance to The Members of Council for The Corporation of the Township of Douro-Dummer. 

Designation of Township as Site Plan Control Area By-law

The Designation of Township as Site Plan Control Area By-law established the Township of Douro-Dummer as a site plan control area and outlines planning and development regulations.

Development Charges By-law

The Development Charges By-law outlines development fees and charges for new developments within the Township of Douro-Dummer.

Dog Licensing By-law

The Dog Licensing By-law regulates the issuing of dog licences.

Festivals and Parades By-law

The Festivals and Parades By-law outlines regulations for holding public events in the Township of Douro-Dummer. This includes parades, festivals, exhibitions and public entertainment.

Filling, Cleaning, Clearing of Grounds, Yards and Vacant Lots By-law

The Filling, Cleaning, Clearing of Grounds, Yards and Vacant Lots By-law regulates maintenance standards for grounds, yards and vacant lots. This includes outlining the responsibility of property owners. Learn more about By-law 1999-79 - Yard By-law.

Fireworks By-law

The Township does not have a fireworks specific by-law, nor do you require a permit to discharge fireworks in the Township; however there are rules to be followed from the Open-Air Burning By-law, specifically:

  • fireworks cannot be discharged during a burn ban
  • flying lanterns are not permitted at any time
  • anyone who discharges fireworks within 300m of a forest area cannot leave any unextinguished residue 

Please read the Open-Air Burning By-law for more information. 

There are also Federal regulations that apply to the use of fireworks:

Lottery Licence Officer By-law

The Appointment of Lottery Licence Officer By-law regulates the appointment of a Lottery Licence Officer for the Township of Douro-Dummer. It also outlines regulations for issuing lottery licences for:

  • Bingo lotteries
  • Break open tickets
  • Lottery schemes at bazaars
  • Raffle lotteries

Learn how to apply for a lottery licence. 

Mobile Canteen By-law

The Mobile Canteen By-law regulates the licensing for mobile canteens or refreshment vehicles in Douro-Dummer. If you'd like to operate or own a mobile canteen, you need to apply for a business licence.

Noise By-law and Nuisances By-law

The Noise By-law outlines noise prohibitions and regulations within the Township of Douro- Dummer. The by-law works to keep our community peaceful for residents, businesses and visitors. Learn more about By-law 2023-57- Prohibit or Regulate Noise. The Nuisances By-law regulates certain public nuisances within the Township of Douro-Dummer. Learn more about By-law 2023-56 - Prohibit and Regulate Certain Public Nuisances.

Off-Road Vehicle By-law

The Off-Road Vehicle By-law regulates the use and operation of off-road vehicles such as ATVs and snowmobiles in the Township of Douro-Dummer. Off-Road Vehicles are only allowed on the Twelfth Line Road Dummer, Simpson Road and select County Roads. 

Open-Air Burning By-law

The Open-Air Burning By-law defines and regulates all open air burns including agricultural fires and campfires in Douro-Dummer. Learn how to apply for a burn permit.

Parking and Traffic By-law

The Parking and Traffic By-law outlines parking regulations for all Township roads and parking lots. It also includes information about traffic regulations. Learn more about parking regulations.

Planning Fee By-law

The Planning Fees By-law outlines the fees and charges associated with planning and development projects. Learn how to submit a planning application.

Private Swimming Pools By-law

The Private Swimming Pools By-law regulates swimming pools on private property in the Township of Douro-Dummer. This includes issuing permits and swimming pool enclosure requirements. Learn more about By-law 1999-27 - Swimming Pool By-law.

Procedural By-law

The Procedural By-law outlines Council procedures for the Township of Douro-Dummer. This includes meeting procedures for all Council and Committee meetings.

Standards for the Maintenance and Occupancy for Property By-law

The Standards for the Maintenance and Occupancy for Property By-law regulates property maintenance standards including yards, parking, sewage, accessory buildings, garbage disposal and more. Learn more about By-law 1999-78 - Property Standards. 

User Fees and Charges By-law

The User Fees and Charges By-law is a comprehensive by-law that includes all fees and charges for accessing municipal programs and services. This includes permit, rental and application fees. View our user fees and charges here.

Zoning By-law

The Zoning By-law regulates land use, building and development projects for each property in the Township Douro-Dummer. 


If you would like to make a by-law complaint, please complete the By-law Complaint Form and submit it to our By-law Enforcement Officer. All by-law complaints need to be made in writing. 

Please include the following details:

  • Address or location where the by-law infraction took place
  • Your contact information (name, address, phone number)

For more information regarding complaints, please see our Complaint Handling Policy. To learn more about the difference between an official by-law complaint and reporting a concern please email the Clerk's Department.

Noise complaints

To make a noise complaint during business hours please contact the By-law Enforcement Officer. For noise complaints outside of business hours, please contact the Ontario Provincial Police.

Codes of conduct for Township employees

To make a complaint regarding a Township service, please use the Report a Complaint form.  

The following policies guide the conduct of Township employees: