By-law Appeals Process

The Appeal Board hears appeals about issues associated with the Animal Control By-law and the Business Licensing By-law. The Property Standards Committee hears appeals about issues associated with the Property Standards By-law. Learn about the hearing process and how to request an appeal.

View our By-Law Database

Review our agendas and minutes to stay informed about meetings to consider by-law appeals.

View the Council calendar

Request an appeal

You can appeal a by-law enforcement decision by completing a Notice of Appeal Application Form. You can email us and we'll send you the form.

You must submit the form on or before the final appeal date found on the Order along with the appeal fee. Please submit the form to the Town Clerk, located at 6311 Old Church Rd.

Types of appeals

Review the different types of appeals that we will hear and some potential outcomes from these hearings.

Animal control order appeals

The Appeal Board will hear the appeal and make decision to confirm, rescind, amend or modify an Order of an Animal Control Officer. The decision of the Appeal board is final and you must comply with the decision immediately or by the date the board sets.

Business licensing hearing requests

The Appeal Board will hear the request and will make a decision to:

  • Issue or deny a licence
  • Issue a licence with conditions
  • Revoke a licence
  • Suspend a licence
  • Cancel a licence

The decision of the board is final and you must comply with the decision immediately or by the date set by the board.

Property standards order appeals

The Property Standards Committee will hear the appeal and make a decision to confirm, rescind, amend or modify an Order of a Property Standards Officer. You can appeal the decision of the Committee to the Ontario Court of Justice.

Hearing process

The Appeal Board and Property Standards Committee are independent quasi-judicial bodies consisting of five citizen members chosen by Council for a four-year term. All hearings are conducted in accordance with Town by-laws, the Statutory Powers and Procedures Act and the Building Code Act.

Send an agent of your behalf

You are allowed to have an agent act in your behalf if you are unable to attend the hearing. You'll need to submit an Agent Authorization Form to the Tribunal Coordinator at least three business days before the hearing. You can email us we'll send you the form.

Submitting evidence

You can submit evidence to be presented during the hearing. We must receive the evidence at least three business days prior to the hearing. You need to submit 10 copies of each document.