By-Laws in Numerical Sequence
Sarnia’s Municipal By-Laws are available in numerical sequence by year issued.
Please be aware that by-laws are amended from time to time, as circumstances change.
For a complete understanding of the City’s by-laws it is always best to speak directly with Staff. If you have any questions regarding City by-laws, please email the City Clerk’s Office or call 519-332-0330 extension 3320.
Commonly Requested By-Laws
The following is a list of commonly requested By-Laws. Please be aware that by-laws are amended from time to time, as circumstances change. The short descriptions following are for general information only. As the by-laws are updated, a new version, with amendments inserted, is published on this page.
By-laws are enforced by the Sarnia Police Service outside of regular business hours. Please call 519-344-8861 for after-hours service.
Copies of all by-laws are available to the public through the City Clerk’s Office at a cost of 30 cents per page.
To permit an owner or occupant of any building, fence or other structure to enter upon any adjoining land for the purpose of making repairs, alterations or improvements. By-law sets out steps to be followed.
Licensing of dogs, prohibits running at large, muzzling and leashing in some circumstances, owner’s requirement to remove excrement, and further to regulate the keeping of dogs, cats, rabbits, pigeons, domestic fowl and for restricting of the keeping of certain animals within the City of Sarnia.
The portion of highway between the curb and adjacent private property, Regulating the construction, maintenance and protection of boulevards.
Under the Building Code Act, 1992, as amended, respecting permits for construction demolition and change of use or transfer of permits, inspections and related matters.
Code of Conduct
A Code of Conduct for members of Council of the municipality and of local boards of the municipality.
Dogs & Cats
Regulating the licensing of dog(s) and the owner’s responsibilities of keeping dog(s) or cat(s).
Establishes fees for various Permits, Services and Privileges. Sets out the Fee Schedule for all Departments of City Hall; Business, Dogs, Lottery and Marriage Licences, Commissioning Services, Birth Registrations, Rental Fees for Picnic Areas in City Parks, Tennis Courts, Garden Plots, Snowmobile Rental, Baseball/Softball/Rugby/Football/Soccer Diamonds Rental, Ice Time Rentals at Arenas, Rental of Community Halls, MacLean Centre Rental, Building Permits, Demolition Permits, Signs/Awnings/Marquees Fees, Transit Fares, Moving of Buildings/Structures, Compost Charges, Tax Certificates, Zoning Certificates, Fire Inspection Reports, Use of Fire Hydrants.
Firearms & Bows
Regulates the use of firearms and archery equipment in defined areas of the Municipality.
Regulates the sale of fireworks and prohibits the sale of same on any days during the year specified in the by-law, and prohibits or regulates the setting off of fireworks or any class thereof and for requiring a permit for the holding of fireworks displays and prescribes the conditions under which fireworks displays may be held.
Holiday and Sunday Openings
Permits retail business establishments to be open on holidays as defined in the by-law and within the meaning of the Regulations passed pursuant to the Retail Business Holidays Act.
(This By-Law is enforced by Sarnia Police) Provides for, to the extent possible, an environment free from unusual, unnecessary or excessive noise which may unreasonably degrade the quality and tranquility of life and cause a nuisance. The by-law also sets out time schedules, zoning definitions and certain exemptions.
Parking & Traffic
Regulates traffic and the parking of motor vehicles within the limits of the City of Sarnia on municipal highways, municipal parking lots and private property; also outlines Schedule of Fines applicable to offences under the by-law.
(NOTE: A consolidated copy of this by-law is not available on the website due to its size.)
Provides the rules governing the proceedings of Council and the conduct of its members.
Prescribes standards for the maintenance and occupancy of property providing definitions as well as general requirements.
Prohibiting or regulating of signs and other advertising devices or any class or classes thereof within the City of Sarnia.
Taxis – Vehicles for Hire
Regulating the owners and drivers of taxi cabs and the power to license and regulate is delegated to the Chief of Police.
Transit Special Service Area Rate for the provision of public bus transportation services to the municipality.