Municipal Law Enforcement
The Clerk’s Department includes By-law Enforcement services Municipal Law Enforcement consists of one full time Municipal Law Enforcement Officer. The Supervisor of Municipal Law Enforcement is the Town Clerk.
The goal of Municipal Law Enforcement (MLEO) is to achieve compliance through information, education and voluntary compliance. If this is not achievable then the MLEO takes appropriate action such as the laying of charges under the provisions of the Town By-laws Enforcement action may also include direct enforcement where the Town may remove or resolve a non compliance at the property owner’s expense.
MUNICIPAL LAW ENFORCEMENT POLICY AND PROCEDURE MANUAL
Municipal Law Enforcement ensures the proper and consistent enforcement and compliance with the Town’s regulatory by-laws including but not limited to:
Primarily, reactive enforcement entails responding to written complaints as they are submitted by members of the public and/or staff and Council.
All by-law complaints from the public, staff and members of Council shall be made in writing by the complainant on the prescribed form. The complaint form is a standardized form that must be complete and contain particulars of the alleged breach, and be signed by the complainant. These complaint forms are also available by mail or can be picked up and filled in at the office.
Complaints are required in writing in order to alleviate frivolous complaints where one neighbor is feuding with another. The requiring of a signature protects the Town from being accused of discriminating against a citizen. Personal information including the complainant’s name shall be kept confidential, however, if the matter goes to court, the complainant could be called to testify and give evidence to substantiate the Town’s position.
Proactive enforcement involves your own initiative for issues involving the health and safety of the residents and visitors of the Town of Penetanguishene as well as by-law contraventions that are deemed detrimental to the overall image of the Town.
The Town of Penetanguishene currently has a contract for animal control services with Huronia Animal Control who has provided this service to the Town on a contractual basis for 33 years.
Townhall Phone: 705-549-7453
Municipal Law Enforcement Officer extension 220 Email