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Frequently requested by-laws

Accountability and Transparency to the Public

By-law 07-161 Accountability and Transparency

Animal Control – The Control and Licensing of Dogs

Along with other requirements in the Control and Licensing of Dogs By-law, please remember to:

  • REGISTER your dog for a lifetime license, and remember to provide Township with any updates
  • KEEP your dog OFF public beaches between May and September
  • KEEP your dog on a leash in public areas
  • CLEAN UP your dog's feces

Backyard Hens

The Backyard Hens By-law, an amendment to the Comprehensive Zoning by-law 04-181, stipulates the allowable number of hens within defined property sizes and uses, and prohibits hens in a waterfront area.

Bear Feeding

The By-law To Prohibit the Deliberate Feeding of Bears speaks to the feeding or storing of feed outside for the purpose of attracting bears in the Township of Lake of Bays. The By-law also refers to exemptions for those activities related to hunting permitted under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1997.

Building By-law

By-law 2013-037 respecting construction, demolition, change of use, conditional permits, sewage systems and inspections.

Camping Permits – Haliburton Highlands Water Trails

By-law 2019-020 HHWT Permits and Rates


View our Cemeteries page for more information.

Code of Conduct Policy for the Township of Lake of Bays

By-law 2019-047 Council & Committee Code of Conduct Policy

Commercial Use of Municipal Property

By-law 2019-032 was passed to establish procedures for the Commercial Use of Municipal Property in the Township of Lake of Bays.  

To apply, please visit our Applications, Licences and Permits page.

Council Procedures

By-law 2018-015 Council Procedural By-law

By-law 2020-033 - Amend By-law 2018-015 to Govern the Calling, Place and Proceedings of Meeting for the Township of Lake of Bays to Permit Electronic Meetings During a Declared Emergency

By-law 2020-066(A) - Amend By-law 2018-015 to Govern the Calling, Place and Proceedings of Meetings for the Township of Lake of Bays to Permit Electronic Meetings

By-law 2020-102 - Amend By-law 2020-066(A), Which Amended By-law 2018-015, Being a By-law to Govern the Calling, Place and Proceedings of Meetings for the Township of Lake of Bays to Permit Electronic Meetings

Council Remuneration

By-law 2018-043 Council Remuneration

Council and Staff Relations Policy

By-law 2019-036 Council and Staff Relations Policy

Dark Sky

To ensure responsible lighting, reduce light pollution and promote conservation of a dark sky environment, the By-law to Regulate Outdoor Illumination was implemented in 2013. The By-law encourages use of low wattage, energy efficient lighting in waterfront and rural areas to:

  • reduce impact on wildlife;
  • prevent hazards to navigation;
  • to preserve the night sky; and
  • to preserve privacy.

Delegation of Municipal Power and Duties

By-law 2020-054 Delegation of Municipal Powers

By-law 2016-122 Delegation of Municipal Powers

Development Charges

By-law 2015-022 Development Charges

Development Permits

By-law 2004-180 Development Permit

Discharge of Firearms

The By-law to Regulate the Discharge of Firearms in the Township was passed to protect the health, safety and well-being of persons. The By-law defines Community Designation areas – within community areas or outside these areas.

Within the Community Designation areas, NO discharge of firearms or similar devices are allowed unless:

  • One is hunting lawfully, OR
  • Discharging for recreational purposes on a property that is greater than 3 hectares (7.4 acres).

Outside the Community Designation areas, no discharge of firearms or similar devices unless:

  • one is hunting lawfully; or
  • discharging for recreational purposes:
  • NOT within 30 metres from a public road
  • NOT within 100 metres of any lake with more than 2 lots with separate ownership
  • NOT within pits/quarries sites as listed in Schedule “C” in the by-law

Emergency Plan

Emergency Plan

Encumbering or Fouling of Highways or Bridges

The By-law to Prohibit or Regulate the Obstruction, Encumbering or Fouling of Highways or Bridges in the Township states that no person shall cause any damage, build on, or place anything within the roadways or bridges owned by the Township.

Entrance Permits

By-law 2016-138 to regulate access onto Township Roads

Fees and Charges

The Fees and Charges By-law, is updated as required on an annual basis. If there are any application fees, enforcement or administrative charges found within the operational by-laws, they will be found here. 

For Building Permits Fees for Non-Residential Building Permits and Renovations please view By-law 2021-045(A).

Heritage Property Tax Relief Program

View our Heritage Property Tax Relief Program page.


The licensing, inspecting and compliance of Kennels within Lake of Bays is covered by the By-law Respecting the Licensing, Regulating and Governing of Kennels.

These kennels may be located within Rural or Commercial zones as per the Comprehensive Zoning By-law, are required to follow all other acts and laws and are covered by an annual membership renewal.


The Littering Control By-law states the following are violations:

  • Throwing or depositing of rubbish along a highway, street or bridge
  • Throwing or depositing of rubbish upon private property, unless given permission by owner
  • Depositing household garbage in receptacles on Township properties that are normally designated for public and park use

Municipal Access User Agreement (MAUA)

View our Applications, Licences and Permits page to learn more about the Municipal Access User Agreement. This agreement is regulated under the Public Parks By-law (see below). 


The Noise Control By-law is designed to reduce and control unusual or unnecessary sounds which may degrade the quality and tranquility of lives within The Township of the Lake of Bays.

In order to determine if a noise is prohibited in your area, it is important to refer to the by-law schedules to first determine in what zone you are located, then if the activity is prohibited, and finally to look at what timeframes the noise is permitted.

A general guide to the noise by-law demonstrates that most noise, whether residential or construction related, is not allowed any night after 9:00 p.m., and not before 7:00 a.m. between Monday and Saturday and not before noon on Sundays.

Off-Road Vehicles on Municipal roads

In order to understand if off-road vehicles are allowed on roadways in The Township of the Lake of Bays, please refer to the By-law to Regulate the Use of Off-road Vehicles (ORVs) on Municipal Roads.

Key points to consider when operating off-road vehicles where they are permitted:

  • Vehicle must meet the specifications of an off-road vehicle as defined in the Highway Traffic Act
  • Vehicle shall be operated along the shoulder of road if available, or along edge of roadway
  • Between May 1st and December 31st , they are allowed from sunrise to sunset
  • Between September 1st and November 30th, when legally hunting, between sunset and sunrise
  • Rate of speed – 20 km/hr if posted speed is 50km/hr or less
  • Rate of speed – 50 km/hr if posted speed is greater than 50km/hr

Please note off-road vehicles are NOT permitted on roadways as listed in Schedule “A” of the by-law.

Outdoor Burning

The Outdoor Burning By-law and its amendment regulates outdoor burning. The by-law also allows the Fire Department to place a ban on outdoor fires and fireworks based on environmental conditions.

In general, no person shall be allowed to have open air burning between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. between the months of April and October in each year, except as permitted under Parts 3 and 4 of the by-law. Part 3 speaks to Barbeques and Fire Department education/training, and Part 4 speaks to Permissions and Approvals to conduct open air burning.

Permits to conduct open air burning will be required:

  • if the pile is greater than by-law requirements, and;
  • if the burning will occur during prohibited times.


Parking with the Township is governed by By-law No. 95-72 and No. 06-80, the By-law to Regulate and Control Parking. Courtesy warnings will be issued for initial violations. Subsequent violations may be enforced with the vehicle being towed and removed. Please contact By-law Enforcement Services if you have any questions about a warning you received.

Under the authority of the Highway Traffic Act, RSO 1990, if a Municipal Law Enforcement Officer discovers a vehicle in contravention of this By-law, the Officer may have it moved or taken to a place of storage. The costs for removing and storage may be charged as a lien upon the vehicle. Please remember this includes interference with snow operations.

During the winter season, the following sections of the Highway Traffic Act, RSO 1990, will be enforced:

  • Section 170 (12) prohibits parking of vehicles that may block or interfere with winter operations
  • Section 181 prohibits depositing snow or ice on a roadway, including accommodating snowmobiles or skiing activities

Throughout the year, no person shall park at any time:

  • within 3 metres or 10 feet of a fire hydrant
  • in a beach parking area with a trailer
  • in front of a public or private driveway
  • in front of stop signs
  • within an intersection
  • facing against traffic
  • on a sidewalk or crosswalk
  • on any street in a way that obstructs traffic
  • in the areas covered in Schedule “B” of the By-law

Parking for Disabled Persons

The purpose of the On and Off-Street Parking for Disabled Persons By-law is to authorize the creation and designation of parking spaces on Municipal property for the exclusive use of those persons who are displaying a permit according to the Highway Traffic Act, RSO 1990; and to create special parking exemptions for drivers and operators of vehicles which are displaying a permit according to acts and regulations.

The By-law contains Schedule “A”, providing locations of designated parking on municipal property. A reminder that despite special parking provisions may be needed, no person shall park in way that interferes with winter operations.

Pool Enclosures

The By-law to Regulate Pool Enclosures with The Township of the Lake of Bays states that pools are defined as constructed outside on private property and capable of holding water deeper than 2 feet at any point.

Prior to construction, a Pool Enclosure Permit is required to be applied for and approved. The approved pool shall not be filled or allow water to remain in the pool unless:

  • the pool is enclosed by an enclosure; an approved temporary pool enclosure as per Section 24 of the By-law; and
  • if the pool is newly constructed, the Chief Building Official has been notified and the pool enclosure has been inspected and approved in writing by the Township.


By-law 2014-135 Procurement Policy

Property Standards

The Property Standards By-law, effective July 17, 2018, speaks to General standards for all properties as well as Maintenance, Residential Occupancy, and Building Standards.

By-law Enforcement Services will seek to gain voluntary compliance in all instances – however, if compliance measures are needed, Notices or Orders may be issued. Notices and Orders are issued in writing, with timelines for compliance stated with the document. Notices are given to address property related violations, and Orders are given to address structure-related violations.

Provision of Notice

By-law 12-020 Provision of Notice

Public Parks

The By-law to Regulate Public Parks, is written to provide for the public's enjoyment of township property, and for guidelines for the commercial use of said space under a Municipal Access User Agreement (MAUA)

Please remember when in public parks:

  • no person shall drop refuse or any waste material in a park
  • waste receptacles at public parks are not for household waste
  • parking of boat trailers shall be away from beach areas in approved parking areas
  • keep your dog on a leash and on the grassed areas
  • any feces from your animal shall be picked up and removed immediately
  • operate your motorized snow or all-terrain vehicle ONLY within the parking areas or boat ramps
  • no person shall destroy or damage trees, shrubs, flowerbeds or any property within the park
  • the digging of beach sand for recreation is permitted

A MAUA may be granted after a written application is received, and then approved by Council/staff process. Please refer to the Municipal Access User Agreement for more information.

Quick Reference Guide for Property Owners and Renters

By-law services has developed a Quick Reference Guide for property owners and renters in the Township of Lake of Bays. The guide outlines relevant municipal by-laws that are currently in effect and enforced by the Township’s By-law Enforcement Officer.

Sale and Other Disposition of Land

By-law 2021-094 Sale and Other Disposition of Land

Short-term Rentals (STR) Licencing - Effective January 1, 2022

By-law 2021-092, being a By-law to Licence, Regulate and Govern Short-term Rentals in the Township of Lake of Bays, as permitted under the applicable Township Planning By-law and be referred to as the "STR Licencing By-law".

To apply for a STR Licence, please visit our Short-term Rentals page.

Signs and Advertising Devices

By-law 2018-054, the By-law to Regulate the Size, Use, Location and Maintenance of Signs and Advertising Devices, is an amendment to By-law 2016-042.

This by-law regulates all signs within the municipal boundary. The by-law designates between which signs require permits, and which are exempt. If the sign is adjacent to roadways owned by the Ministry of Transport or the District Municipality of Muskoka, approval from these authorities is also required.

To apply for a sign permit, please refer to the Applications, Licences and Permits page. 


To promote the health, safety and welfare of the inhabitants of the Township, the By-law to Prohibit or Regulate Smoking in the Corporation of The Township of the Lake of Bays was enacted in 1995.

This by-law designates the following buildings as smoke free:

  • The Township of the Lake of Bays Municipal office;
  • Municipal Garages #1, #2 and #3;
  • Township of Lake of Bays Public Libraries and their facilities; and
  • All sections of municipal facilities that are not covered by rental agreements with provide designated smoking areas as stipulated in an agreement

Smoking and Vaping

To promote the health, safety and well-being of the residents of the Township of Lake of Bays, the Council of the Corporation of the Township of Lake of Bays passed By-law 2019-034, the "No Smoking on Municipal Property and Water Access Points By-law".     

Special Events

View our Special Event Permit page.

Tariff of Fees (Planning)

Planning Department fees and charges, formerly under the Tarrif of Fees By-law, may now be found under the Fees and Charges By-law.   

Trailers and Camping

On all lands within the Township that are designated under the Township's Development Permit and Comprehensive Zoning By-laws, excluding areas as per the by-law, the By-law to Prohibit and/or Regulate Trailers and Camping in The Township of the Lake of Bays discusses the use of trailers and the prohibition of camping with the Lake of Bays.

The By-law states that the occupation of a trailer may only occur under the authority of a temporary trailer license issued upon issuance of a valid building permit. As to camping, the by-law states that no person shall camp on land owned by The Township of the Lake of Bays or on vacant land within the Township of the Lake of Bays.

Camping and the use of trailers is restricted in all zones in the Township other than designated lots. 

Use of Trails in Lake of Bays

Under the By-law to Establish Regulations for the use of Trails in the Township of Lake of Bays, trail usage is designated as bicycle and foot traffic, with motorized snow vehicles being allowed only under provisions allowed by the by-law.

A snowmobile club, group, or federation of snowmobile clubs may apply to Council for the use of a trail for the passage of motorized snow vehicles between November 15th and April 15th in each year.

Vendor's Permit

The By-law Respecting the Licensing, Regulating and Governing of Trades, Callings, Businesses and Occupations governs business defined under auctioneer, refreshment vehicle, hawkers & peddlers and transient traders carried on within the municipality.

Prior to conducting the above noted business in Lake of Bays, one is required to procure a license issued under the provisions of this by-law. Any premises used by the licensed businesses shall be required to satisfy the Building Code, the Official Plan, Zoning By-law and all other by-law of the Township.

Applications, along with the applicable fee, are submitted to Township staff. The license application is approved by staff, with the approved license being required to be posted where business is conducted. Premises and approved license may be inspected by By-law Enforcement Staff at any time during operating hours.

Zoning By-law

View our Zoning page for more information.

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