A to Z Services

Below is an alphabetic listing of all services provided by the Township.

A B C D E F G H L M N O P R S T U V W Z

A

The Township is committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive and accessible community. We continue to implement the legislated requirements set out in the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). The Township also maintains an Accessibility Plan and an Accessible Standards for Accessibility Policy and Feedback Form.

The Clerks Department provides Commissioning of Oaths services for a fee. Our office will commission documents such as Declaration of Vehicle Transfers and General Affidavits. In order to have a document commissioned all parties required to sign the document must be present and must provide valid photo identification.  Please be advised that the Commissioner is not responsible for the content of the affidavit. It is the responsibility of the person whose signature is being commissioned. You must understand not only the details to which you will attest and but also to their correctness.

The Township is governed by a Council comprised of five (5) members, including a Mayor, Deputy Mayor and three (3) Councillors all elected at large. Council meets twice per month; the first Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. and the third Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

Animal Control ensures a safe and healthy environment for both residents and animals in our Municipality. All dogs are required to have a Dog Tag to help identify your pet and return it safely home. Dog Tags purchased in 2018 will be good for three years. You will be invoiced annually in January for the second and third years respectively. If you no longer have a dog previously licensed, please contact the Township Office to update our information. No more than three dogs per property are permitted, unless you are a kennel operator, licensed by the Township. By-law prohibits dogs from running at large. Contact the Animal Control Officer at 519-373-1000.

The Township issues a variety of certificates, licences and permits which will require an application form. The type of certificate, licence or permit will determine the user fees and application process. Some of the activities that require licences within the Township are:

Application Forms

  • Civic Address
  • Council Delegation
  • Complaints
  • Freedom of Information
  • Marriage
  • Minor Variance
  • Pre-authorized Payment
  • Vacancy Rebate
  • Zoning Amendment

Certificates

  • Birth
  • Death
  • Marriage

Licenses

  • Dog Tag
  • Kennel
  • Lottery
  • Wrecking Yard

Permits

  • Building
  • Burn
  • Entrance
  • Septic
  • Special Event
  • Tent

The Township has a variety of halls, meeting rooms, parks, playgrounds and sporting facilities that are available for public use. You can also book or rent these facilities to host a private event, wedding, banquet, family reunion, or sporting event.

B

The Township posts all public tenders, bids and request for proposals on our website. The bid document is the official document. In the case of any discrepancy between the information provided on this webpage and the bid document, the terms of the bid document will prevail.

The Province of Ontario issues birth certificates. For more information on birth certificates, please visit the Service Ontario website.

The Township’s Finance Department is responsible for all financial functions including property tax billing, water billings, accounts payable and receivable, banking, financial reports to Provincial and Federal governments, funding requests, municipal budget and financial strategies.

It is the Township’s responsibility to prepare a budget for Council’s approval that meets the needs of the community and ensures that all of our initiatives and priorities are addressed. Each year, staff will present a budget that consists of total operating and capital expenditures for the upcoming year to Council for their consideration and approval. This presentation is usually over the course of 1-3 meetings, including a Public Meeting. At this time, members of the public are welcome to attend and provide input.

The Township’s Building and Planning Departments manage building and planning matters, including:

  • Building Inspections
  • Construction, Renovation or Demolition
  • Development Charges
  • Ontario Building Code
  • Site Plan Approval Process
  • Zoning

By-law Enforcement is responsible for enforcing Township By-laws to ensure a safe, quiet and enjoyable community for all residents. Our By-law Enforcement Officer investigates noise complaints, property standards issues, parking and other matters. The By-law Enforcement Officer requires a written complaint with contact information for follow-up or, depending on the nature of the offence, to provide evidence and/or to appear as a witness in any court proceeding pertaining to the complaint made. If you would like to make an official inquiry or complaint, please complete the Complaint Form.

By-laws are created as a way to address issues and concerns of the community. They are created to protect the environment, public health, safety and to maintain a pleasant community for everyone. Popular By-laws are available on the website under the Frequently Requested By-laws section.

C

The Township is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to providing an inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection process in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require any accommodation throughout the recruitment and employment process, we will work with you to meet your needs.

The Township has thirty one (31) cemeteries some of which are owned, operated and maintained by us and some that are owned, operated and maintained by others. For a full list of cemeteries located in the Township, please see our Cemetery Contact List.

Township of Chatsworth Council 2018-2022

2018-2022 Council Members;(L-R) Councillor Diana Rae, Deputy Mayor Brian Gamble, Mayor Scott Mackey, Councillor Shawn Greig, Councillor Elizabeth Thompson

For more information and contact details, please visit our Council page.

To download and view council agendas, please visit our Council page.

Township of Chatsworth regular Council Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month commencing at 9:00 a.m. and the third Wednesday of each month commencing at 6:30 p.m.

Those wishing to appear as a delegation are required to submit a Request to Appear as Delegation form to the Clerk.

D

The Province of Ontario issues death certificates through the Office of the Registrar General. For more information on death certificates, please visit the ServiceOntario website.

The Township has many departments that work together to support our residents and business owners. Depending upon your need or inquiry, simply click on the Department’s title, located on the left hand side of this webpage to access specific pages and services offered. If you cannot find the information you are looking for, please contact the Township at 519-794-3232.

If you are planning to dig, build or excavate, it is important that you locate all of your utility lines first. In fact, under Ontario regulations, it is the law. To have municipal infrastructure located, please contact Ontario One Call at 1-800-400-2255 to register your locate request.

All dogs are required to have a Dog Tag to help identify your pet and return it safely home.  Dog Tags purchased in 2018 will be good for three years. You will be invoiced annually in January for the second and third years respectively. If you no longer have a dog previously licensed, please contact the Township Office to update our information. No more than three dogs per property are permitted, unless you are a kennel operator, licensed by the Township.

E

Disasters come in many forms. Identified community risks are Critical Infrastructure Failures, Hazardous Materials Releases and Severe Storms including windstorms, snowstorm/blizzards and lightning storms. As a result the Township could be subject to a chemical release from a transportation accident or a long term hydro outage caused by an ice storm.

For most people, the possibility of being involved in a disaster may seem remote. The Federal and Provincial governments clearly state that each individual is responsible for his or her safety, and the well-being of their family.

The Township has been involved in emergency planning for years and is prepared to meet the challenges posed by disasters. In partnership with local first responders, health organizations, social services, utilities and volunteer groups, the Township constantly strives to improve its level of preparedness.

The Township has an Emergency Plan which has been formally adopted by Township Council. Emergency management initiatives are overseen by the Emergency Control Group.

The Emergency Control Group is responsible for emergency management issues. These would include mitigation, planning, response and recovery. This group would also deal with the Province of Ontario and the Government of Canada if the situation warranted.

The Township’s Emergency Management Coordinator is the Fire Chief.

The Township is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to providing an inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection process in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require any accommodation throughout the recruitment and employment process, we will work with you to meet your needs.

Events Calendar

F

The Finance Department is responsible for the overall management of corporate finances as directed by Council, along with providing accurate financial information to facilitate the decision-making needs of Council and senior management. Functions of the Finance Department include taxes, water billing, asset management, bids and tenders, tax sales, budget and financial statement reporting.

  • 2018 Financial Statement
  • 2017 Financial Statement

The Township of Chatsworth Fire Department provides emergency response in a variety of disciplines as stated in the Establishing & Regulating By-law 2014-23. The Fire Department takes great pride in protecting the community from fire, life-threatening emergencies and dangerous conditions. They also provide fire and safety education through a variety of public education programs. Their team includes a part-time Fire Chief and 22 dedicated volunteer firefighters from within our community.

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms

Smoke Alarms – Protect yourself and your family.

  •  Install smoke alarms – it´s the law.
  • Smoke alarms save lives.  Most fatal fires occur at night when people are asleep.
  • One smoke alarm is not enough.  Install smoke alarms on every level of your home near sleeping areas.
  • Test your smoke alarm regularly.  Every week, test your smoke alarms using the alarm test button.
  • Change your clock, change your battery.  Install a new battery of the proper type at least once a year. We change our clocks each spring and fall so this is a good time to change your smoke alarm batteries too.
  • Smoke alarms do not last forever.  Smoke alarms do wear out, so if you think your alarms are more than 10 years old, replace them with new ones.
  • Plan your escape.  Make sure that everyone knows the sound of the smoke alarm and what to do if a fire occurs.
  • Under the Ontario Fire Code, every home in Ontario is required to have working smoke alarms.
  • Homeowners must ensure that smoke alarms are installed between sleeping and living areas. They are also required to maintain the smoke alarms in working order.
  • In rental accommodations, the obligation to install and maintain smoke alarms in operating condition falls to the landlord. Landlords must also provide smoke alarm maintenance information to the occupant of each unit.
  • It is an offence for any person to disable a smoke alarm.  This requirement applies equally to homeowners, landlords and tenants.
  • Failure to comply with the smoke alarm requirements of the Fire Code can result in a $200.00 fine.

Carbon Monoxide (CO), often called the silent killer, is an invisible, odorless, colorless gas created when fuels burn incompletely. Extremely high levels of poisoning can be fatal, causing death within minutes.

Install CO alarms inside your home to provide early warning of carbon monoxide.

CO alarms should be installed in a central location outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home and in other locations where required by applicable laws, codes or standards. For the best protection, interconnect all CO alarms throughout the home. When one sounds, they all sound.

  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for placement and mounting height.
  • Combination smoke and CO alarms must be installed in accordance with requirements for smoke alarms.
  • Choose a CO alarm that has the label of a recognized testing laboratory.
  • Test CO alarms at least once a month; replace them according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • If the audible trouble signal sounds, check for low batteries. If the battery is low, replace it. If it still sounds, call the fire department.
  • Have fuel-burning heating equipment and chimneys inspected by a professional every year before cold weather sets in.
  • When using a fireplace, open the flue for adequate ventilation.
  • Never use your oven to heat your home.
  • If you need to warm a vehicle, remove it from the garage immediately after starting it. Do not run a vehicle or other fueled engine or motor indoors, even if garage doors are open. Make sure the exhaust pipe of a running vehicle is not covered with snow.
  • During and after a snowstorm, make sure vents for the dryer, furnace, stove, and fireplace are clear of snow build-up.
  • A generator should be used in a well-ventilated location outdoors away from windows, doors and vent openings.
  • Only use barbecue grills — which can produce CO — outside.
  • Use battery-powered lights in tents, trailers and motor homes and motor boats.
  • If the CO alarm sounds, immediately move to a fresh air location outdoors or by an open window or door. Make sure everyone inside the home is accounted for. Call for help from a fresh air location and stay there until emergency personnel arrives to assist you.
  • CO alarms are not substitutes for smoke alarms.

Open Air Burning

Open Air Burn Permits are required for fires over one-meter square (1m2) as per the Township of Chatsworth Open Air Burning By-law 2016-07. Applications for Open Air Burn Permits can be obtained here, at the Township Municipal Office, the Township of Chatsworth Fire Station or by emailing firedept@chatsworth.ca.

Fire Safety Inspections

To request a Fire Safety Inspection for either residential or commercial properties, please contact the Fire Department at 519-794-3188 or email firedept@chatsworth.ca . There may be a fee for the inspection depending on the type of Fire Safety Inspection requested, please refer to Schedule “E” of our Fees and Charges By-law for more details.

Green Flashing Lights

When you see the Green Flashing lights on vehicles, our Volunteer Firefighters are responding to an emergency call. PLEASE give them the right-of-way, pull to the right of the road and allow them to pass safely.

The Clerks Department is responsible for processing inquiries made under the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection to Privacy Act.

G

Residential users are entitled to one bag of garbage bi-weekly without a bag tag. Commercial and industrial users are entitled to three bags of garbage bi-weekly without bag tags. All other bags must have a garbage tag attached. Bags cannot weigh more than 50 pounds. All garbage must be placed at the curb prior to 6:00 a.m. Garbage must be placed on the following roadside:

Township Roads – Mailbox side
Provincial, County and Townline Roads – End of Driveway

Garbage Tags may be purchased at the Township Office, Variety Plus Convenience Store, 6 & 10 Convenience, Esso Gas Station, Williamsford General Store and Holland Centre Gas Bar.

H

The Township has a variety of halls, meeting rooms, parks, playgrounds and sporting facilities that are available for public use. You can also book or rent these facilities to host a private event, wedding, banquet, family reunion, or sporting event.

The Township of Chatsworth as formed in 2000 when the former Township of Holland, Township of Sullivan and the Village of Chatsworth amalgamated.  Situated just south of Owen Sound the Township of Chatsworth is in the centre of Grey County.  With a population of 6,630 (2016 census) the Township is home to the small hamlets and communities of Berkeley, Desboro, Holland Centre, Keady, Massie, Scone, Walters Falls and Williamsford.

L

The Township of Chatsworth is committed to ensuring that we extend the life of our waste disposal sites as long as possible. We are committed to a greener Township and are working towards that goal in all of our operations. There are two landfill sites located within our municipality, which are available to all Township of Chatsworth residents:

Markdale Landfill (775557 Highway 10)
Saturdays 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Mondays 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Sullivan Landfill (702320 Sideroad 5)
Saturdays and Mondays 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Owen Sound & North Grey Union Public Library
824 1st Ave West, Owen Sound
www.owensound.library.on.ca

Walter Harris Memorial Library
75 Walker St, Markdale
www.greyhighlandspubliclibrary.com

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P

The purpose of land use planning is to manage our land and resources. As communities grow and develop, Planning Professionals work to ensure that communities are safe, functional, attractive, and economically sustainable. Land use planning considers and works to balance the broader interests of a community, from the rural outskirts to the urban downtown core. Land use planning is governed by the principles of good planning and by Provincial, upper-tier, and local policy. Land use planning processes are legislated by the Ontario Planning Act.

The Township contracts Police Services with the Ontario Provincial Police. For emergencies contact 9-1-1. The local OPP detachment is located at:

Grey County OPP
317057 6 & 10 Hwy,
RR 2, P.O. Box 307
Chatsworth, Ontario N0H 1G0
Phone: 519-794-7827
Fax: 519-794-3966

Chatsworth Police Services Board Members

  • Provincial Member – Terry McKay
  • Municipal Member – Mayor Scott Mackey (Board Chair)
  • Community Member – Mitch Christianson
  • OPP Detachment Commander – Martin Murray
  • Board Secretary – Carolyn Marx

The Township is responsible for new construction, reconstruction and ongoing maintenance of Township owned roads and sidewalks. Our Public Works Department works hard to prioritize the safety of all residents and visitors on this network. This is done by regularly patrolling roads, streets and public parking lots year-round. The Township’s Public Works Department provides a variety of services to the community including:

  • Maintaining roads and sidewalks
  • Providing snow removal and winter maintenance
  • Managing Infrastructure issues and concerns
  • Maintaining parks and recreation facilities

R

Recycling is collected bi-weekly on the same schedule as your garbage collection.  Recyclables must be placed on the following roadside:

Township Roads – Mailbox side
Provincial, County and Townline Roads – End of Driveway

RECYCLING DO’S

  • DO recycle all empty plastic bottles, cans, paper and cardboard.
  • DO keep foods and liquids out of recycling.
  • DO keep plastic bags out of recycling.

RECYCLING DON’TS

  • DON’T include food-soiled items-they can turn an entire load of recycling into trash.
  • DON’T add sharp or dangerous materials like needles and electronics – they can cause injury to our workers.
  • DON’T toss in “tanglers” like rubber hoses and wires – they can shut down an entire recycling center!
  • DON’T include bulky items like propane tanks or construction debris.

The Township posts all public tenders, bids and request for proposals on our website. The bid document is the official document. In the case of any discrepancy between the information provided on this webpage and the bid document, the terms of the bid document will prevail.

The Township is responsible for new construction, reconstruction and ongoing maintenance of Township owned roads and sidewalks. Our Public Works Department works hard to prioritize the safety of all residents and visitors on this network. This is done by regularly patrolling roads, streets and public parking lots year-round. The Township’s Public Works Department provides a variety of services to the community including:

  • Maintaining roads and sidewalks
  • Providing snow removal and winter maintenance
  • Managing Infrastructure issues and concerns
  • Maintaining parks and recreation facilities

S

The Township is home to numerous schools governed by the Bluewater District School Board and the Bruce Grey Catholic District School Board.  Two elementary schools are physically present in the Township.

Bluewater District School Board Administration Office
351 1st Avenue North
Chesley, Ontario N0G 1L0
Website: www.bwdsb.on.ca

Holland Chatsworth Central School
777346  Highway 10
Holland Centre, ON
Website: www.hol.bwdsb.on.ca

Sullivan Community School
136285 Grey Road 40
Desboro ON
Website: www.sul.bwdsb.on.ca

Bruce Grey Catholic District School Board Administration Office
799 16th Avenue
Hanover, Ontario N4N 3A1
Website: www.bgcdsb.org

The Township of Chatsworth falls within the Saugeen, Grey Sauble, Northern Bruce Peninsula Source Protection Region Plan that took effect in July of 2016. This plan helps to keep your water safe and clean and help you to keep chemicals, bacteria and other pollutants out of your drinking water.

People undertaking certain activities, such as home heating, oil storage or septic systems, in the most vulnerable wellhead protection areas (zones around municipal wells) are required to take measures to ensure they are doing what they need to do to protect drinking water.

Persons or Organizations hosting Special Events on municipal property must receive written approval from the Township prior to hosting such events by completing and submitting a Special Events Application Form 60 days prior to the date of the Special Event.  Persons or Organizations serving liquor at such Special Events must be licensed in accordance with the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO).  See your local LCBO store for the required application forms.  Further questions can be directed to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) at 1-800-522-2876.

T

The Township’s Finance Department is responsible for all financial functions including property tax billing, water billings, accounts payable and receivable, banking, financial reports to Provincial and Federal governments, funding requests, municipal budget and financial strategies.

The Township posts all public tenders, bids and request for proposals on our website. The bid document is the official document. In the case of any discrepancy between the information provided on this webpage and the bid document, the terms of the bid document will prevail.

U

Electricity, natural gas, water, telephone, and internet connectivity make our lives more comfortable. Services such as water are delivered by the Township to water users on the Chatsworth and Walters Falls Water Systems, while others are delivered by private enterprise.

V

Volunteers are vital to a community like the Township of Chatsworth! Volunteers help run various committees and events throughout our community. For municipal volunteer opportunities please check for listings on the Employment Section of our web page.

W

The Township of Chatsworth has two municipal residential drinking water systems servicing the Village of Chatsworth and Hamlet of Walters Falls. The Township is responsible for providing and maintaining a safe supply of high quality drinking water that meets all applicable regulations and legislation. The Township contracts the operation and maintenance of the municipal water systems to the Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA).

Z

The Township is governed by a Comprehensive Zoning By-law which sets out the permitted uses on a property. All new buildings or additions (even if a building permit is not required) must comply with the Zoning By-law and the County of Grey Official Plan.

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