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Complaints

All bylaw enforcement within the Township of Stone Mills is conducted on a complaint driven basis.  Complaints must be submitted in writing and the person submitting the complaint must be readily identifiable by the Township of Stone Mills.  The names of persons submitting a complaint will be held in confidence, except in those instances where enforcement requires the complainant to make a statement or appear in court in respect to the said complaint.  Anonymous  submissions do not constitute a written complaint.

Specific forms have been developed for reporting Bylaw Infractions and for dog and kennel licensing.  Please refer to the "Application Forms" page of this website.

Contracted Services

Bylaw enforcement within the Township of Stone Mills is contracted to Frontenac Municipal Law Enforcement Inc.  This is a privately owned and operated corporation that has been providing Eastern Ontario with animal control and bylaw enforcement services for over 25 years. This contractor provides extensive experience with a high rate of successful prosecutions under both Provincial Offences Court as well as Superior Court.  All senior officers are highly trained and possess valid Firearms Acquisition Certificates (FAC), (PAL) and Trappers License. Other uniformed officers are trained in bylaw enforcement and animal control enforcement under the strict supervision of senior officers. With 7 officers available and a 24 hour telephone answering service to pagers and cellular phones and by providing regular patrols the contractor guarantees prompt attention to all calls and concerns.  All contractor vehicles are equipped with the necessary gear to tackle all situations that could arise in the course of providing this service to the Township of Stone Mills.

Frontenac Municipal Law Enforcement can be reached by calling their 24-7 answering service at 613 541 3213.   Persons choosing to do so can also fax complaints to 613 353 2144.

Bylaws

Those bylaws that are commonly requested can be found in the Document Centre of the Civic Web Portal.  These bylaws are listed in accordance with their primary function.  If you encounter difficulties in locating a specific bylaw, or if the bylaw is not listed, please contact the Stone Mills Municipal Office.

Responsible Pet Ownership

A position paper has been developed in consultation with local residents who expressed concerns to Council respecting responsible pet ownership and particularly in respect to the keeping of dogs tethered outside within the Township.  This complex issue, involvies multiple parties and most often with very differing points of view.  The position identified on the page, "Responsible Pet Ownership" attempts to address some of the concerns that were raised, while recognizing the long standing tradition of the keeping of working dogs.

Ideal Dog House

Many people share their home and furnishings with their canine companions, however in some instances, dogs prefer an outside environment.  However, in these instances there is still a moral as well as a legal responsibility for persons to provide adequate shelter for their companions.

During the summer of 2018 a group of dedicated volunteers elected to construct the Ideal Doghouse from directions available from the OSPCA.  The pictures and information documenting this project have been made available to the Township of Stone Mills and is illustrated on the Ideal Dog House Webpage. This information is intended to assist those persons who may not have the expertise to construct an adequate dog house.

Animal Control Infractions

Persons wishing to submit a dog or other domestic animal complaint, are recommended to contact Frontenac Law Enforcement directly.  Often these situations are for a brief period of time and if an animal is causing a nuisance to neighbours, direct contact with Frontenac Law Enforcement provides the most timely response and remedy to the situation.  Additionally, domestic animals at large are at risk of being hurt should they wander onto a well travelled road and can impose a risk to motorists.

Dog Licensing

Bylaw 2010-532 restricts dogs from running at large, that dogs shall be under the control of the owner at all times when in a public location, and requires dogs to be licensed and affixed with dog tags.   Persons who have a complaint respecting dogs should call the answering service for Frontenac Municipal Law Enforcement to ensure a prompt response to your complaint.

Licenses are available from the Township commencing the first day of operation in each new year.  Additionally, for the convenience of residents, a dog license may be acquired from the following businesses located across the Township. 

  • Hilltop Variety, 2068 County Road 1 & Main St., Newburgh
  • Kingston Humane Society, 1 Binnington Court, Kingston
  • McCormick’s Country Store, 2561 County Road 1, Camden East
  • Stone Mills Municipal Office, 4504 County Road 4 Centreville
  • Tamworth Hardware, 2 Concession Street, Tamworth
  • Yarker Lucky Dollar, 4255 County Road 6, Yarker

Additional information respecting dog licensing s available at the following links:

To license a dog between January 1 and March 31 the fee is $15.00 per dog.  After March 31 the fee is $25.00 per dog.

Dog Retrieval

Dogs found running at large or for any reason that requires the impounding of the dog, will be taken to the Kingston Humane Society located at 1 Binnington Court, Kingston Ontario, K7M 8M9.  The Kingston Humane Society can be reached by calling 613 546 1291 or by fax at 613 546 3398. 

Fees will be applied for impounding, boarding, and such other costs applicable to the specific situation.  These fees must be paid at the time the dog is retrieved from the Kingston Humane Society.  For additional information, please see the Kingston Humane Society Website.

Kennels

The development of a dog kennel is subject to the regulatory controls of Bylaw 2010-532 as well as zoning restrictions found in Zoning Bylaw 2014-744.

The Zoning Bylaw defines a "Kennel" as a place or confine where five (5) or more dogs are kept, bred or raised for any reason. Bylaw 2014-744 restricts the development of a dog kennel to lands that are zoned either Rural (RU) or Prime Agriculture (PA).  Other dog kennel restrictions include:

  1. No kennel or kennel structure shall be located within 150 m of any lot line on which the kennel or kennel structure is located.
  2. The measurement in paragraph (i) shall be taken as the shortest horizontal distance between the kennel or kennel structure and the nearest lot line.
  3. All zone requirements of this By-law shall apply to the establishment of kennels and kennel structures.
  4. Kennels and kennel structures shall be restricted to locations in a side yard or rear yard.
  5. A kennel or kennel structure shall not be located in the same building as a dwelling unit nor shall be classified as a home occupation or a home industry.
  6. A dog run shall be fully enclosed on the top and sides unless the height of the enclosure exceeds 1.5 m

The operation of a kennel is subject to the issuance of an annual kennel license.  To obtain a license, the premises must be inspected by Frontenac Municipal Law Enforcement under authority of the Township.  This inspection ensures continued compliance with the applicable bylaws of the Township for the operation of a kennel.  Please refer to the "Application Forms" page of this website for the application to operate a dog kennel.

Between January 1 and March 31, the kennel license fee is $125.00.  After March 31 the kennel license fee is $250.00.

Drainage Issues

The flow of surface water or natural watercourses is not a matter that is regulated by Municipal Bylaw.  Issues arising from the flow of water must be resolved by the Courts as the decisions are based upon Common Law.  The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs has published a Fact Sheet on this matter and persons experiencing this issue should consult this fact sheet or seek advice from their legal counsel.

 

 

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