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By-Law Enforcement

PURPOSE

Respecting the rights of our neighbours and ensuring that our property values are maintained is an important aspect of community living. At times, however, boundaries may be crossed and the Municipal Law Enforcement Officers are given the task of investigating complaints received from the public about alleged violations of various municipal by-laws. In addition, the Municipal Law Enforcement Officer is given the duty of enforcing sections of the Highway Traffic Act, the Municipal Act, and the Provincial Offences Act. The enforcement of the aforementioned Acts is imperative in order to ensure an increased degree of safety for our residents and visitors.  

The goal of the Municipal Law Enforcement Officers is not to penalize the citizens of Goderich or visitors to our Town but, rather, to achieve compliance through education and the provision of information in order to preserve the quality of life to which each citizen is entitled.

ENFORCEMENT

The Municipal Law Enforcement Officers enforce approximately 20 regulatory by-laws, as well as Council policies, guidelines, and resolutions within the boundaries of the Town of Goderich. Included in these regulatory by-laws are the Property Maintenance, Clean and Clear, Traffic, Signs, Fences, Outdoor Cafes and Mobile Canteens, Parks, Solid Waste, Noise, Open Burning, Snow Removal, Lawn Watering, Property Standards, etc.

While there are areas of enforcement that are safety related and require proactive enforcement, the majority of these by-laws are enforced on a complaint only basis. This ensures that the Municipal Law Enforcement Officers are serving the needs of the community and that the complaints received are of relevant concern and importance.

To make a complaint regarding a violation of regulations contained in one of our by-laws, the Town requires the complainant to provide their name, address, phone number, as well as their relationship to the issue that the complaint is regarding. Should the complainant refuse to provide this information, no action will be taken by the Municipal Law Enforcement Officers, except in cases relating to health or safety issues.

Enforcement procedures may take many courses. Each complaint is different and the enforcement proceedings are decided based upon the individual case. Enforcement proceedings, in most cases, are completed within one month of the initial complaint. Depending on the volume of complaints, co-operation of the property owner or person in violation, specific circumstances of the case, and enforcement proceedings required, completion of the procedure may take longer.

HOW TO MAKE A COMPLAINT OR REPORT A CONCERN

The Town of Goderich receives complaints in various ways:

Phone (519-524-8344) ext. 5

Email - enforcement@goderich.ca

In person at 57 West Street (Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)

Please ensure that all complaints include a name, phone number, relationship to the property or individual that you are making the complaint about, and the issue. Should the complaint be made in print, The Municipal Law Enforcement Officers may wish to call and confirm information, or ask further questions regarding the issue. It should also be noted that complainant information is considered confidential and will not be released to the person whose property is under complaint. In special circumstances the Town may request or require a complainant to act as a witness, should a case be required to be settled in court. This is usually done as a last resort. A complainant would normally be informed of this requirement at the time of the initial complaint or during the investigative process.

By-Law Complaint Form

 

GODERICH WATERFRONT PAID PARKING

Pay A Waterfront Parking Infraction Ticket Processing And Fees

Paying within 30 days of receiving the ticket

Pay the face value of the ticket.

A non-refundable convenience fee of $2.50 per ticket is charged by Gtechna, the Town's online ticket payment provider.

Paying after 30 days

Ticket will be forwarded to the Ontario Provincial Court of Justice for collection. Additional fees will apply. 

Dispute A Waterfront Parking Infraction Ticket

If you wish to request a trial option - Notice of Intention to Appear in Court, you will need to sign the back of the ticket and mail it to the address indicated such that it is received within 30 days of date of the infraction.

The ticket will be forwarded to the Ontario Provincial Court of Justice for trial.

Questions About Your Waterfront Parking Infraction Ticket

If you have questions about your waterfront parking infraction ticket, please contact the By-Law Enforcement Department at 519-524-8344.

Waterfront Parking Infraction Ticket Payment Options:

  • Online
  • In person
  • By mail
Pay Your Waterfront Parking Infraction Ticket Online

Payments can be made online by visiting the Town's online ticket payment provider Gtechna.

Waterfront parking infraction tickets issued in the past 30 days are eligible to be paid using this service.

If the waterfront parking infraction ticket has been sent to court for collection, payments cannot be processed online.

Before you start

Please have the following items available before starting your transaction:

  • Ticket number
  • Vehicle licence plate number
  • Visa, MasterCard or American Express credit card information, including your three-digit security code

A non-refundable convenience fee of $2.50 per ticket is charged by Gtechna, the Town's online ticket payment provider.

Each ticket must be entered separately.

Please disable any pop-up blockers, as the payment screen will open in a new window.

Payments made before 8:00 p.m. will be processed the next business day.

Pay Your Waterfront Parking Infraction Ticket In Person

Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

By cash , cheque or debit at Town Hall, 57 West Street, Goderich

After Hours - By cheque in the Town Hall after hours drop box (do not put cash in the box).

Your waterfront parking infraction ticket is required with payment

For lost/misplaced parking infraction tickets, you will need to provide the licence plate number for the vehicle in violation to prevent a delay in processing your payment.

Pay Your Waterfront Parking Infraction Ticket By Mail

By mailing a cheque (do not send cash in the mail) with the parking infraction ticket to:

Town of Goderich

57 West Street

Goderich ON   N7A 2K5

For lost/misplaced parking infraction tickets, you will need to provide the licence plate number for the vehicle in violation to prevent a delay in processing your payment.

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Goderich Parks and Facilities

Goderich's Parks and Facilities By-law regulates and promotes responsible enjoyment and use of municipal parks and facilities in the Town of Goderich.

Parking Enforcement

Municipal law enforcement officers are enforcing the Traffic and Paid Parking By-Laws in Goderich. Please be sure that you do not park in loading zones, fire routes, no parking areas an accessible parking spaces. Please ensure that you pay for parking in the paid parking areas.

Paid parking is in effect from June 1 to Labour Day, inclusive. The hours when you are required to pay to park are 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Paid Parking Areas

You will be required to pay for parking at Goderich's waterfront.

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Goderich Town Hall: 57 West Street, Goderich, ON N7A 2K5, Phone: 519-524-8344, Email: townhall@goderich.ca
Tourism Goderich: Phone: 519-524-6600, Toll-Free: 1-800-280-7637, Email: tourism@goderich.ca

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