By-Law Enforcement and Licensing
The Municipal Law Enforcement Officer has a variety of responsibilities including the enforcement of parking, animal control, noise complaints, property standards, lottery licences, signage and water testing for municipally owned buildings. Other by-laws which impose regulations on the general public are also enforced.
Filing a Complaint: All complaints under a by-law must be submitted to the By-Law Department in writing, either hard copy or via email with the complainants contact information, nature of alleged complaint and return contact information if the complainant requests a response. All personal information is collected in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
Noise By-law: The Municipal By-law Department is responsible for enforcing the Municipal Noise By-law. For further information regarding the Noise By-law, please click the link on the side bar. For noise complaints outside of normal working hours, contact the O.P.P., if necessary.
Firework Regulations: The Municipality regulates the dates and permitted times for the setting off of Consumer Fireworks within Dysart et al. Fireworks are permitted on New Year’s Eve and the weekends of Victoria Day, Canada Day and the Civic Holiday. For further details including the permitted times, see the link below and the Fireworks-Vendor Notice of Regulations on the sidebar.
NOTE: FLYING LANTERNS ARE BANNED WITHIN DYSART ET AL
Parking: Parking enforcement activity takes place Monday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. while parking remains free on Sundays and Statutory Holidays. The parking rate for the Pay and Display units and parking meters is $2.00 for a maximum of 2 hour street parking, with a minimum $0.25 purchase. The Pay and Display units along with the meters will only accept Canadian or American currency over a nickel. There are 5 Pay and Display units located on Highland Street between Cedar and Maple Avenue. These units upon deposit of payment will print out a validation ticket identifying the duration of permitted time. The valid ticket must be clearly displayed on the vehicles dashboard.
The Pay and Display units as well as metered parking is suspended from November 11 to the second week of January during the holiday season to promote local shopping.
Accessible Parking: You should be aware that there is a minimum $300.00 fine for the misuse of an accessible parking permit or a designated accessible parking space. In the Municipality of Dysart et al upon display of a valid accessible parking permit a vehicle can park in any metered space without payment for a maximum of 2 hours. This is done as a courtesy due to the limited number of accessible parking spaces available in the downtown core.
Winter Parking Restrictions: No person shall park a vehicle on municipal maintained roadways or property including any Municipal parking lot from November 1 to April 15 between the hours of twelve (12) midnight and seven (7) a.m. This is related to by-law 2010-42, that states that: “no person shall park or stand a vehicle in such a manner as to interfere with the clearing of snow, or the sanding or maintenance of a highway.” The fine associated with this offence is $200.00 and your vehicle may be towed at your own expense.
Animal Control: The By-law Department issues annual dog tags and investigates dog complaints. Dog tags are required for all dogs within the Municipality. Dog tags can be purchased at the Municipal office located at 135 Maple Avenue for a cost of $10.00 each. Dogs are not permitted to run at large, if a dog is located and placed in the Municipal Pound the owner faces extra costs, as well as a fine. The Municipality of Dysart et al will only accept healthy stray dogs found within the Municipality of Dysart et al. If we are in possession of a dog that we cannot identify, we will advise local radio stations and advertise on our website and social media in an effort to locate the owner.
Sign By-law: The Sign By-Law regulates signs and other advertising devices within the Municipality of Dysart et al. Any sign that is erected or altered in contravention of this By-Law shall be removed by the Municipality at the owner’s expense and the person who contravenes is guilty of an offence and upon conviction is liable to a fine under the Provincial Offences Act. For specific information on any of our regulatory by-laws, please contact the Municipal Law Enforcement Officer and she will be pleased to assist you.
Property Standards: Property standards complaints are generated through the Building Department and investigated by the Municipal Law Enforcement Officer.
Lottery Licensing: Lottery licences for eligible charitable and non-profit organizations are processed and tabulated through the Municipal By-Law Department. Licensed events can include raffles, bingos, 50/50, stub draws and the sale of break open tickets. The cost to have a lottery licence processed and tabulated is three (3) percent total prize value including taxes. First time applications are required to be submitted 14 days in advance of the proposed event and 7 days for a previously licensed organization. All events must adhered to the Alcohol & Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) Lottery Licence Terms and Conditions. For more information click on the link below:
Skateboard and Bicycle By-law: The Municipality does not permit residents to use, drive or operate a bicycle on any sidewalk in the Village of Haliburton. Also the Municipality does not permit the use of skateboards, scooters, rollerblades, inline skates or other similar conveyances, devices or modes of transportation on sidewalks along Maple Avenue, Highland Street, York Street and Mountain Street. The good news is, we have a new Skate Park located off Mountain Street in the A.J. LaRue arena parking lot. For more information, click the link on the side bar.