By-law complaints can be registered through our website by clicking the button below.

Note: anonymous complaints are no longer being received. The name, address, and contact information of the complainant is a requirement on the By-law complaint form. 

Register a By-law Complaint 

Applications

 Relief from Noise By-law

The Noise By-law provides standards for Noise in Port Colborne.

Relief from Noise By-law application can be requested for events or activities that may be in contravention of the Noise By-law.

Examples include:

  • Special events that feature amplified sound, such as concerts, weddings or house parties using loudspeakers or amplified music.
  • Construction noises outside the allowable hours.

Note: Please submit your application at least 30 – 45 days in advance of the event or activity.

Application Fee (due upon submission):

  • Private function taking place on private property - $156.00
  • Private function taking place on City property - $104.00
 Relief from Fence By-law

The Fence By-law provides standards for Fences in Port Colborne.

Relief from Fence By-law application can be requested for heights and setbacks, or materials used that may be in contravention of the Fence By-law. Examples include:

  • Rear yard fence in excess of 2m to 3m
  • Request use of barbed wire on nonindustrial property
  • Height of fence/hedge in front yard that does not cause visibility issues,

Note: Please submit your application at least 30 – 45 days in advance of the installation of the fence or compliance with an order registered against the property.

Application Fee (due upon submission): $468.00 

 Relief from Sign By-law

The Sign By-law provides standards for Signs in Port Colborne.

Relief from Sign By-law application can be requested for sign locations, setbacks or wall coverage, that may be in contravention of the Sign By-law. Examples include:

  • Fascia (wall) sign over 25% of area of wall
  • Ground sign located closer than setback allows
  • Pole Sign exceeding allowable height  

Note: Please submit your application at least 30 – 45 days in advance of the installation of the sign or compliance with an order registered against the property.

Application Fee (due upon submission): $728.00 

 Relief from Pool By-law

The Pool By-law provides standards for Swimming Pools in Port Colborne.

Relief from Pool By-law application can be requested for pool locations, setbacks, or wall coverage, that may be in contravention of the Sign By-law. Examples include:

  • Location of swimming pool
  • Swimming pool fence materials

Note: Please submit your application at least 30 – 45 days in advance of the installation of the sign or compliance with an order registered against the property

Application Fee (due upon submission): Call By-law 905-835-2900 x200 

 

Encroachment By-law Application

The Encroachment By-law provides standards for encroaching onto, under, or over City property in  Port Colborne.

The Encroachment By-law Application Form can be requested for locations, or, materials, objects on, under or over City property for  the Encroachment By-law.

Examples include:

  • Patio table and chairs on sidewalk
  • Fences, signs, hedges, infrastructure 

Note: Please submit your application at least 30 to 45 days in advance of the erection or placement of the encroachment, or compliance with an order registered against the property

Application Fee (due upon submission): $357.00 

Annual Renewal Fee: $102.00

Relief from Discharge of Firearms By-law

The Discharge of Firearms  By-law provides standards for discharging Firearms in Port Colborne.

Relief from the Discharge of Firearms By-law Application Form can be requested for locations, or events the Discharge of Firearms By-law. Examples include:

  • Location of discharge of firearms
  • Special events, carnivals or fundraisers (target shooting games)

Note: Please submit your application at least 30 – 45 days in advance of the event or discharge of the firearm, or compliance with an order registered against the property

Application Fee: N/A

Payment Options for Relief Applications

Payment for relief applications are required after your submission. Online credit card payments are available when applications are submitted. 

Please note: If payment is not received, the application will not be reviewed.

 In person:

You can pay for your relief application in person at the cashier counter on the first floor of City Hall in Port Colborne located at 66 Charlotte Street. 

We accept cash, debit, cheques, bank drafts or money orders.

Hours of Operation

Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed on all statutory holidays)

 By mail:

Make your cheque payable to the City of Port Colborne and mail to: 

City of Port Colborne

66 Charlotte Street

Port Colborne, ON

L3K 3C8

 

  • Include the address in question for the application on the memo line.
  • US cheques are accepted and we apply the exchange rate the day it is received.
 Afterhours drop box:

There is a 24-hour mail drop slot located at the front left of City Hall.

 

Make your cheque payable to the City of Port Colborne.

  • Include the address in question for the application on the memo line.
  • No cash payments please.

Appeals

 Property Standards By-law Appeal
If you have received a Property Standards Order you can complete the Property Standards By-law Notice of Appeal Form to appeal to the Property Standards Committee.

To formally appeal, you must complete the Notice of Appeal form, and pay the $260.00 (non-refundable) fee within fourteen days after the service of the order. You will find the due date of the appeal on the form titled City of Port Colborne Order to Remedy under the Appeal to Property Standards Committee section. Failure to send out the appeal in time will result in the Order being deemed confirmed with no further option for appeal.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding registering your appeal call By-law Services at 905-835-2900 or email bylawenforcement@portcolborne.ca

Note:
contacting By-law Services does not put a stop or hold on your Order, you would still need to apply for the appeal. 

 

Application Fee (due upon submission): $260.00 non-refundable 

By-law Variance Ongoing/Open Files

In an effort to be open and transparent, By-law Variance applications will now be posted on our website and open to resident feedback. By-law Variance results will also be posted for resident information and/or future reference.

Interested in getting notified of By-law Variance applications? Subscribe to receive updates to this page by clicking the 'subscribe' button located near the top right of this page.  

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Submit your comments to the above applications by completing the required Resident Comment Form for By-law Variance, or clicking the 'Open' status in the above table.  Although we accept all comment forms and appreciate the opinions of residents, any comments that discriminate or are upsetting in nature will be discarded. Once you have submitted your comment please do not submit another form to amend your current comment. Please allow 30 days for staff to review all comments and update the webpage.