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The Town of Hanover is committed to deliver professional enforcement services to help residents, businesses and visitors understand the various Town of Hanover regulatory by-laws, and encourage voluntary compliance through education and public relations in order to foster a safe, healthy and respectful community. This method also saves tax dollars on costly court proceedings. 

Some of the core operational functions of by-law enforcement include property standards, clean yards, zoning, animal control, fences, noise, open air burning, fireworks and parking matters.

By-law Enforcement responds to complaints from the public and other government agencies, however does not respond to civil issues. Once a complaint is received, an inspection is conducted by the Municipal Law Enforcement Officer to validate the complaint. To assist you with the complaint process, violations are to be received by the Municipality in writing. For any incident that is happening right now or that has just occurred (e.g., littering or illegal dumping) or involving public safety or environmental hazards, please immediately contact Dispatch at 519.364.2411 to file a report. Information regarding the complainant is kept confidential, unless the complaint ends up in the court system.

Do you have a complaint?
Please contact the Municipal Law Enforcement Officer directly.

 

Animal Control and Responsible Ownership

To prohibit and regulate the keeping of and being at large or trespassing of cats/dogs and for requiring the identification of such animals, and to prohibit the keeping of certain animals and classes of animals. All cats and dogs are required to be licenced and or registered. You can pick up your cat or dog tag at the Municipal Office. To report a missing or stray cat or dog please call the Municipal Law Enforcement Officer during normal office hours. To report a dog running at large during evenings or on weekends, please call Dispatch at 519.364.2411.
Municipal Law Enforcement is not responsible for the removal of nuisance wildlife (ie, skunks, racoons). This is the responsibility of the home owner. Please call the Municipal Law Enforcement Officer for further information.

Attention Dog Owners - Pursuant to the Town of Hanover "Animal Control and Responsible Ownership By-law" all Dog Owners MUST abide by “stoop and scoop” regulations!  In particular, this will be actively enforced within Hanover’s downtown core, and charges will be laid for those found in contravention of the By-law.  Your co-operation complying with the Bylaw and keeping Hanover clean is appreciated!

Cat Tag Registration | Dog Tag Licence

Bicycles, Skateboards & Rollerblades/Skates in Downtown Core

To restrict the use of bicycles, skateboards and rollerblades/skates in the downtown core (10th Street between 6th & 12th Avenue).

Clean Yards "NEW"

To ensure that properties are maintained in a safe condition and kept clear of waste.

Fences

To regulate, erect and maintain fences.
A private outdoor in-ground swimming pool must be effectively fenced or enclosed in accordance with the Fence By-law. The Town of Hanover does not have a by-law regulating above-ground pools. The office recommends that persons purchasing above-ground pools should contact their insurance company, and if concerned with children entering subject property to erect a fence to enclose aforementioned pools.

Fires & Open-Air Burning

To prescribe times during which fires may be set in the open air and the precautions to be observed by persons setting fires, and for setting fees for fire permits. Fire Permits are available at the Municipal Office during office hours.  The cost for a fire permit $30.00 for the period of May 1st to September 30th or $50.00 for a full year.

Fire Permit Application

Fireworks

To prohibit and regulate the sale and discharge of fireworks.

Garbage & Debris

To regulate the dumping or placing of anything on the highway (includes the boulevard and unpaved portions of the highway).

Lawn Watering

The Town of Hanover's ODD/EVEN days rule applies on lawn watering. If your house number ends in an odd number, you can water your lawn on odd numbered days. If your house number ends in an even number, you can do so on even numbered days.

Noise

To prohibit and regulate noise likely to disturb the inhabitants of the Town.

Parking & Traffic Control

To regulate and control parking and traffic in the Town of Hanover.

Set Fines for Parking Violations

Parking & Snow Removal - The Town of Hanover Traffic By-Law has the following two sections under which violations will be enforced by the Hanover Police Service:

  • It is an offence to park a vehicle on any roadway anytime when such vehicle will interfere with snow removal operations.
  • It is an offence to park a vehicle on any roadway between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. during the months of December, January, February and March regardless of snow accumulation.

Vehicles making it dangerous or impossible to clear snow may be tagged and/or towed.  The fine for violation of either of these offences is $30.00.

Deposit of Snow on Roadways - Citizens are reminded that the Highway Traffic Act prohibits any person from depositing snow or ice on a roadway. The fine for violation of this offence is $85.00 plus a victim surcharge of $20.00.

Deposit of Snow on Sidewalks - The Town of Hanover Use of Streets By-law No. 1820-02-18-91 prohibits any person from doing any act which shall result in the obstruction of any street or sidewalk in the Town of Hanover. This includes residents, businesses or contractors depositing snow from a driveway or parking lot during snow removal activities. The fine for violation of this offence is $75.00.

Parks and Public Places

To regulate the use of public parks and places.

Property Standards - "NEW"

To prescribe standards for the maintenance and occupancy of property within the Town.

Sewer Use

To regulate the use of public and private sewers and drains, private sewage disposal, the installation and connection of building sewers, and the discharge of waters and wastes into the public sewer systems.

Signs

To regulate the erection and maintenance of signs, awnings, advertising devices, and marquee in the Town of Hanover.

no signs pleasePoles and Signs - If you are planning to use a sign to publicize any activity including yard sales, post it on a stake, not on any utility poles, posts, or traffic sign posts. In addition, the Town of Hanover Sign By-law prohibits the posting of signs on any municipal posts or poles. If you want to advertise your event, obtain permission from the property owner to post your signs on stakes.  If you require further information please contact Municipal Law Enforcement Officer Ken Campbell at 519.364.2780 x 249.

Taxi By-law

A by-law to licence, regulate and govern brokers, owners and drivers of taxicabs and other vehicles regularly used for hire for the conveyance of passengers in and about the Town of Hanover.

Use of Property (Zoning)

To regulate use of any land, or erect, alter or use any building, structure or part thereof except in conformity with the provisions of the Town of Hanover Zoning By-Law.

Use of Streets

To regulate the use of streets and for the preservation of order and the suppression of nuisances.

Deposit of Snow on Sidewalks - The Town of Hanover Use of Streets By-law No. 1820-02-18-91 prohibits any person from doing any act which shall result in the obstruction of any street or sidewalk in the Town of Hanover. This includes residents, businesses or contractors depositing snow from a driveway or parking lot during snow removal activities. The fine for violation of this offence is $75.00.