The Municipal Law Enforcement Officer is responsible for enforcing municipal by-laws through investigating complaints.

By-law complaints

If you believe that someone has broken a Township of Severn by-law, you can report a complaint. Please note that the Township’s by-law enforcement staff responds on a complaint-basis only to most matters. As per our By-law Violations and Complaints Policy, by-law enforcement complaints are confidential. 

Make a by-law complaint

Anonymous complaints

We don't investigate anonymous complaints. Please make sure to include your name, phone number and address along with a description of the by-law infraction.

Traffic and road safety complaints

To report any traffic complaints such as speeding, impaired driving, and road blockages or barricades that are creating unsafe conditions, please contact the Ontario Provincial Police, Orillia Detachment. 

Contact the OPP Orillia Detachment

1 University Avenue
Orillia, Ontario
L3V 0Y7

Non-emergency calls

For complaints or calls for service, call 24-hours a day toll free:

  • 1-888-310-1122
  • 1-888-310-1133 (TTY)

In the case of an emergency, dial 9-1-1

Common by-law complaints

Review some of the common by-law complaints and familiarize yourself with the appropriate by-laws.

Building without a permit

You need a building permit in order to undertake a new building, renovation or addition project in Severn.

Clean and clear yards

All properties need to meet the minimum clean yards maintenance requirements set out in the Clean and Clear Yards By-law. Review the by-law and learn how to file a complaint.

The most common clean yards complaints include:

  • dumping
  • excess garbage, littering
  • issues related to domestic and industrial waste

Dog licences

Every dog in Severn must get a dog licence.

You should know:

  • the dog licence will last for the entire lifetime of your dog and you'll only need to purchase the licence once
  • you can only have a maximum of four dogs per household
  • seasonal property owners do not need a Severn-issued dog tag as long as they have an up-to-date licence from the municipality in which they also reside

Learn how to apply for a dog licence.

Dumping fill without a permit

You need a fill permit in order to have soil or fill deposited or dumped on your property in Severn.


Low-hazard, non-public display fireworks for recreational purposes are permitted in Severn per our Fireworks By-law. 

The following will require a permit and approval by Severn's Fire and Emergency department:

  • public fireworks displays
  • display fireworks (high-hazard fireworks such as aerial shells, cakes, roman candles, waterfalls, lances, and wheels)

Fireworks of any type are not permitted during a Fire Ban and any permits will be suspended.

Learn more about our Fireworks By-law and apply for a Fireworks permit by contacting our Fire Prevention Officer or call 705-325-2315 x248.

Floating Accommodations

The Township's Zoning By-law was amended in March 2024 to establish provisions for the regulation of Floating Accommodations.

The amended Zoning By-law:

  • clarifies that the Zoning By-law applies to all lands, islands, watercourses, and navigable watercourses within the jurisdiction of the Corporation of the Township of Severn
  • explicitly state that floating accommodations are not “Shoreline Structures” and are a prohibited use in any zone
  • revises and adds to existing definitions together with new definitions including Boat, Boathouse, Camping Unit, Floating Accommodation, Marina, Vessel, and Watercraft Equipped for Overnight Accommodation

View By-law 2024-13 or learn more on our Floating Accommodations page

Kennel licences

Township of Severn issues annual kennel licences which are needed to operate or own a kennel in Severn.

Requirements of the licence include:

  • an annual inspection by our By-Law Enforcement Officer
  • a maximum of 50 dogs is permitted

Learn how to apply for a kennel licence.


The Township’s Noise By-law regulates certain types of noise in Severn.

This includes: 

  • No operation of a stereo system, electronic sound-emitting device, radios, boom boxes:
    • Monday to Thursday between 9:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. the next day
    • Friday to Sunday between 11:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m. the next day
  • No operation of any construction vehicle or construction equipment:
    • Monday to Friday between 9:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. the next day
    • Saturday to Sunday between 9:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m. the next day
  • No operation of power or lawn maintenance equipment between 9:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. the next day
  • No excessive noise

Review the by-law and learn how to file a complaint. If you need to request an exemption to the Noise By-law, please contact the Clerk.

Noxious weeds

The Weed Control Act regulates weeds that have been identified as noxious, which means that they have a negative impact on agriculture and/or horticulture operations. Learn more about noxious weeds in Ontario.

Open-air burning and permits

Township of Severn’s Open-Air Burning By-law regulates the issuing of fire permits, the size of fires and materials you can burn within an open-air fire.

We issue two types of fire permits:

  • fire permit for all fires 61 cm in diameter or less
  • agricultural fire permit for larger burns (our staff will need to visit the site to approve the permit)

With either type of permit, you can only burn tree branches or clean dry wood. You are not allowed to burn leaves or garden waste in an open-air fire. Learn more about open-air burning in Severn. 

Apply online for a fire permit

Property standards

All properties need to meet the minimum requirements laid out in the Property Standards By-law. Review the property standards and learn how to file a complaint.

The most common property standards complaints include:

  • long grass
  • abandoned or derelict vehicles, boats and trailers
  • dilapidated, collapsed or partly constructed structures
  • non-maintained homes
  • dead or damaged trees

If you received an Order you can appeal the Order to the Property Standards Committee

Township of Severn aims to provide a safe and friendly community for all residents and visitors. Our municipal by-laws set standards and help us build a safe environment.

View our by-laws

By-laws are organized in a database, sorted by the year the by-law was approved by Council. If you're looking for a specific by-law, use the search feature located in the top left corner of the page or check out the Frequently Requested By-laws folder. You can search all by-laws using keywords.

View our by-laws

Please contact us if you need help finding a by-law.