By-law Enforcement

Confidential Complaint Form      
Regulatory By-laws

Applications, Permits & Licenses
Code of Conduct

Regular Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8:15 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

For more information, please contact:
Jon Popple
By-law Enforcement Officer
T: 705-765-3156
Email By-law

Under the authority of the Provincial Statues, by-laws are created to address issues and concerns of the local community. They are created to protect the environment, public health, public safety or to maintain an orderly appearance to your community. 

The roll of the By-law Enforcement Officer includes education, investigation and enforcement of all By-laws within the Township. It is not necessary for a By-law Enforcement Officer to attend each site to carryout enforcement procedures. Usually the officer will rely on information provided by the complainant. 

1. Website On-line Form

2. Written complaint submitted by Mail, Email,
Fax or Hand Delivered to the Township of Muskoka
Lakes Office.
     a. Mailing Address: PO Box 129, 1 Bailey Street, Port Carling, ON POB 1J0
     b. Fax: (705) 765-6755
     c. E-Mail:


     a. Complete on-line form or email complaint to
     b. Call (705) 765-3156 – Answering Service is available 24/7.
          i. The call taker will record the complaint and forward to the Township.

By-law Enforcement Officer will contact complainant via phone or e-mail to:
     a. Obtain more information to complete the investigation.
     b. Relay information to complainant regarding any action taken.


A By-law Enforcement Officer cannot stop people from contravening by-laws; he/she can only enforce the by-laws.  Compliance with by-laws may be achieved in the following manner:

  1. Giving verbal or written warnings and providing copies of the appropriate by-laws;
  2. Issuing a Part 1 ticket in accordance with the Provincial Offenses Act (short form wording and set fines);
  3. Summoning a defendant to court, usually initiated for a second, third or more serious offense where a larger fine or a Court Order is appropriate.




w3cP.O. Box 129, 1 Bailey St., Port Carling, Ontario, P0B 1J0  Phone:(705)765-3156  Fax:(705)765-6755
Municipal Office hours: Monday to Friday 8:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (excluding holidays)