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A by-law is a municipal law passed under the authority of a provincial act. By-laws are the laws that govern towns, cities and villages.

Why do we have by-laws?

The Municipality passes by-laws for many reasons, including:

  • To ensure public safety
  • To eliminate public nuisances
  • To regulate through licensing and permits
  • To set minimum standards of property maintenance which help protect property value and the general health and safety of the community

By-law enforcement

Our Municipal Law Enforcement Division investigates and enforces regulatory municipal by-laws such as property standards, lot maintenance, zoning, signs, noise, parking enforcement and licensing by-laws.

By-law complaint form

Complete the online form to submit a concern related to the following by-laws:

  • Animal related
  • Long grass and weeds
  • Noise
  • Parking
  • Property standards
  • Snow removal from sidewalks
  • Zoning

File a By-law Complaint

Online by-law directory

The Municipality of Clarington, is an amalgamated municipality, and has approximately 13,000 by-laws from the following municipalities, in its online corporate information system:

  • Municipality of Clarington (containing by-laws from 1993 to present)
  • Clarke Township (containing by-laws from 1851 to 1973)
  • Darlington Township (containing by-laws from 1924 to 1979)
  • Village of Orono (containing only a handful of by-laws)
  • Town of Bowmanville (containing by-laws from 1853 to 1973)
  • Town of Newcastle (containing by-laws from 1974 to 1993)
  • United Counties of Northumberland (containing only a handful of by-laws)
  • Village of Newcastle (containing by-laws from 1857 to 1973)


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