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City of Barrie By-Laws

The Enforcement Services branch of the Legislative and Court Services department is located at 45 Cedar Pointe Drive.  

Staff take reports regarding all by-law violations at 705-739-4241 and Due to call volumes, callers may need to leave a message.

New rules for fireworks now in effect

Fireworks can only be set off on the following (single calendar) days: Victoria Day, Canada Day, New Year's Day, and for the duration of the recognized Lunar New Year and Diwali holidays. City Council approved this change to the City's regulatory matters by-law​ on June 14, 2021. Please view fireworks safety tips.

Enforcement Information Related to COVID-19

The Barrie COVID-19 Emergency Measures By-law​ helps protect the health and safety of residents. The by-law prohibits certain activities and regulates physical distancing to help contain the spread of COVID-19 in the community. 

The City needs the support of Barrie businesses and residents to respect the health restrictions. Enhanced proactive inspections to ensure businesses are meeting all health and safety requirements and regulations are taking place.

Businesses must operate in compliance with the advice, recommendations and instructions of the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, including recommendations and instructions on physical distancing, cleaning and disinfecting.

How to report a non-compliant business or gathering 

​To report a non-compliant business or gathering, please call 705-739-4241 or email A Municipal Law Enforcement Officer will investigate the complaint to ensure complian​ce and may lay charges when appropriate. For emergency matters, please call 911.

Complaints related to non-compliance with COVID-19 emergency orders are tracked and addressed by City of Barrie Municipal Law Enforcement Officers in collaboration with the SMDHU Public Health Inspectors and the Barrie Police Service.​

Authority of enforcement officers

The province has provided authority to all enforcement and provincial offences officers, including the Ontario Provincial Police, local police forces, enforcement officers, and provincial workplace inspectors to issue tickets to individuals who do not comply with the stay-at-home order, or those not wearing a mask or face covering indoors as well as retail operators and companies who do not comply with Provincial regulations. Those who decide not to abide by orders may be subject to set fines and/or prosecution.

In addition, all enforcement personnel have the authority to temporarily close a premise and disperse individuals who are in contravention of an order and will be able to disperse people who are gathering, regardless whether a premise has been closed or remains open such as a park or house.

About Enforcement Services

Enforcement Services administers and enforces City by-laws relating to business licensing, animal control, parks, signs, smoking, fireworks, firearms, motorized snow vehicles, snow removal, retail sales on municipal property, tree cutting, livestock evaluation, and parking on all city streets, fire routes and handicapped zones.  

The section also administers and enforces all aspects of lottery licensing including the review and approval of applications, issuance of licences, review and analysis of reports, investigations and enforcement in accordance with the Criminal Code and Order-in-Council.


Listing of By-laws

Frequently requested by-laws are located below. Updates are placed on the website as available. This listing does not include all by-laws; please contact the Legislative and Court Services Department, 705-739-4204, to request information.

The following consolidations are electronic reproductions made available for information only; they are not official versions. The format may be different, and plans, pictures, other graphics or text may be missing or altered. The City does not warrant the accuracy of these electronic versions. The consolidations cannot be distributed or used for commercial purposes. They may be used for other purposes, only if you repeat this disclaimer and the notice of copyright. Official versions of all By-laws can be obtained from the Legislative and Court Services Department: 705-739-4204.

By-law NameBy-law NumberYear
Adult Entertainment Industry2005-2762005
Animal Control By-law2010-0352010
Backflow Prevention and Cross Connection Control2017-1212017
Building By-law2013-0702013
Business Licensing (General)2006-2662006
Business Licensing (Transportation)2006-2652006
Cannabis Production Facilities2019-0992019
Cash-In-Lieu of Parkland2017-0732017
Committee Appointments By-law2018-1462018
Community Safety Zones2003-1602003
Development Charge By-law (City Wide and Area Specific)2019-0552019
Election Sign By-law 2018-0112018
Emergency Management By-law2013-1422013
Fees By-law2020-0092020
Fees By-law - Effective May 1, 20212021-0202021
Lottery Licensing 2010-0322010
Municipal Addressing By-law 2004-1472004
Noise By-law2006-1402006
Notice By-law 2017-0172017
Nuisance (Use of Public Property)2004-1422004
Open Air Fires2004-1852004
Outdoor Solid Fuel Burning Appliances 2007-2102007
Overnight Parking2007-2092007
Parks Use By-law2019-0592019
Procedural By-law2019-1002019
Procurement By-law2019-0152019
Prohibit Unauthorized Parking of Vehicles87-2901987
Property Standards By-law2011-1382011
Public Tree By-law2014-1162014
Regulatory Matters By-law 2010-0362010
Right of Way2012-1732012
Second Suites Registration By-law2020-0102020
Sewer Use By-law2021-0022021
Sign By-law 2018-0292018
Site Alteration By-law2014-1002014
Site Plan Control By-law99-3121999
Smoking By-law2019-0522019
Snow Clearing By-law (Downtown)2008-2122008
Speed By-law2002-1912002
Tax Capping 2021-0442021
Tax Levy2021-0082021
Tax Levy - Downtown Business Improvement Area2021-0502021
Tax Rates 2021-0482021
Tax Ratios2021-0432021
Traffic By-law80-1381980
Traffic By-law (Effective January 1, 2021)2020-1072020
Tree Preservation By-law2014-1152014
Waste Management By-law 2016-1082016
Waste Management By-law (Effective May 1, 2021)2021-0032021
Water and Wastewater Billing (effective January 1, 2017)2016-1152016
Water Pipe By-law2013-1432013
Watercourses By-law90-921990
Yard Maintenance By-law2011-1072011
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