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Register your pet with the TownshipStreet scene at night in Alfred

The Township of Alfred and Plantagenet's Council adopts by-laws that promote the safety and the quality of life of our citizens. The main role of municipal law enforcement is to ensure that the current by-laws are being applied in the community.

Caution! The informative texts found on this page are not the actual by-laws. You can find the complete texts, as adopted by the Council, in the By-laws section.


Animal Control

Animal Control Enforcement

The Township of Alfred and Plantagenet Animal Control Services encourages safe and enjoyable communities for both people and pets.  We promote responsible pet ownership, pet adoption and micro-chipping.  We encourage voluntary compliance with animal-related laws and licensing.


The Township of Alfred and Plantagenet Animal Control Services promotes the health and safety of people, pets and animals living together in our community by:

  • Providing 24-hour emergency response to calls for stray dogs requiring immediate medical assistance.
  • Responding to public safety concerns involving an animal or animals jeopardizing  public safety.
  • Picking up stray dogs that are lost, returning them to their owners or caring for them at the pound while searching for the owner.
  • Providing the removal of dead wildlife or pets (owner unknown), on public property.
  • Enforcing by-law 2007-84 as well as other related bylaws.


Reporting an incident and/or requesting an investigation

  • When reporting an incident or requesting an investigation, please provide as much information as possible to facilitate a thorough and timely response.
  • If the concern relates to animals being kept on privately owned property, providing the address is essential.
  • Every situation is unique and the time needed to gain compliance will vary. In cases where an animal owner does not comply in a reasonable amount of time, our officer will issue notices of violation, written warnings, and may lay charges when there is sufficient evidence.
  • Due to freedom of information issues, each officer is required to make the best effort to ensure that the privacy of individuals is maintained during an investigation. This will often affect the amount of information that can be communicated and the details that can be provided.


Applicable laws and by-laws

  • Alfred and Plantagenet By-Law 2007-84

  • Dog Owner's Liability Act

  • Ontario Regulation 157/05 Pit Bull Control



The following are by-laws related to animals and the fines associated with them.


Bylaw 2007-84


Fail to Licence dog (per dog)


Dog at large


Nuisance Barking


More than 3 dogs per household (per dog)


Permit dog to trespass on private property


Permit dog to attack a person


Permit dog to attack a domestic animal



What to do when a dog bites

Dog bites should be reported to Township Animal Control Services at (613) 673-4797 as soon as possible. In the event that the bite victim is transported to the hospital, a bite complaint should be made as soon as possible after treatment is complete.


If a dog bites you and breaks the skin:

  • Seek medical attention (call 911 if serious).
  • Report the bite to Animal Control Officer at (613) 673-4797.
  • Try to provide a clear description of dog.
  • Obtain the dog owner's name and address.
  • Write down the date, time and location where the bite occurred.
  • Information about anyone who witnessed the bite.
  • Take a clear photo of the bite injury - document that date and time of the photo.
  • As soon as practical, in your own handwriting, make clear concise notes on what happened and include the date the notes were written.


If a dog bites you and does not break the skin:

Call (613) 673-4797 and provide:

  • A clear description of dog.
  • If possible the dog owner's name and address.
  • Date, time and location where the bite occurred.
  • Witness information, if possible.


If you are the owner of a dog that has bitten:

  • Leash your dog and isolate it from causing further threats.
  • Provide your contact information to the victim.
  • Make clear, concise notes of the incident in your own handwriting.
  • If the person's skin has been broken, isolate your dog until contacted by Public Health.
  • If necessary, consult an expert about your dog's behavior.


What happens next?

The Eastern Ontario Health Unit will:

  • Initiate an animal to human exposure investigation.
  • Contact the person who has been bitten to take a Rabies Exposure Report.
  • Contact the dog owner (if known) and issue an order that the animal (if a domestic pet) be confined for ten days.

Learn more about what you can do if you are bitten by a dog or about the responsibilities of a dog owner under the Dog Owner's Liability Act and By-law 2007-84.


Dog Bites: What will the Township do?

The Alfred and Plantagenet Animal Control Services staff will support you by walking you through the process after you've been bitten by a dog. An Animal Control Officer will confirm the bite, request the victim and any witness prepare a written statement detailing the biting incident, request medical documentation describing the bite wound/injury and continue the investigation.


The following are actions that may be taken:


Issue a Notice of Caution:

Where this is the first bite on record, recommend precautions to prevent future biting incidents.


Issue a Notice to Muzzle:

Where the bite is severe, and/or the bite is the second subsequent bite on record.

Under By-law 2007-84, Animal Control Services can issue a notice to muzzle. A Notice to Muzzle requires that the dog be muzzled at all times when off the owner's property. At any time the officer may impose a fine of $250.00 for permitting a dog to attack a person.


Lost and Found Dog

Losing your pet is a very traumatic experience. It's important to stay calm so that you can search for your pet and hopefully be reunited. There are a number of steps you should take as soon as your pet goes missing. If your pet is not immediately found, repeat these steps again. 

Don't give up searching for your pet too early!


What to do:



Where to search

Search around your home and neigbourhood, including asking your friends and neighbours if they've seen your pet. 

Who to contact

Contact (613) 673-4797 to file a Lost Animal Report. Be prepared to provide a description of your pet, licence number and tattoo or microchip number if applicable.

Where to go Visit our Pound location in person. Only you can identify your missing pet.


Once your pet has been found

Please notify Alfred and Plantagenet Animal Control Services at (613) 673-4797.


If you find a lost pet 

If you find a lost dog whether it is wearing a Township tag or not, contact the Township at (613) 673-4797. 


Dog Licensing



Fees for dog licences purchased yearly by April 30 for the current year

Fees for dog licenses purchased beyond May 1st for the current year

One to three dogs

Per dog:

In person: $20

By mail: $25

Per dog:

In person: $40

By mail: $45

Three dogs or more (kennel licence)

In person: $100

By mail: $105

In person: $110

By mail: $115

Guide dogs for disabled persons Upon proof of a trained working guide dog from a recognized institution, no fee shall apply to the purchase of a dog tag. Upon proof of a trained working guide dog from a recognized institution, no fee shall apply to the purchase of a dog tag.


The Township of Alfred and Plantagenet By-law 2007-84 section 3.a), requires that all dogs owned in the Township be licensed and wearing a tag. By licensing your dog, you ensure that Animal Control Services will make every effort to reunite you with your pet. That is why every dog is required to bear a valid municipal dog tag for quick and easy identification to ensure that he is reunited with his owner if lost or stray.


Dog owners who fail to obtain a municipal dog tag for their dog are subject to a fine.


All owners must register their dogs annually with the Township. Forms are available at the Municipal Offices or on our site.


Fees for new residents and/or new dog

Notwithstanding Section 2 a), newcomers and/or new dogs to the Township of Alfred and Plantagenet have 7 days to purchase a valid Township dog tag for a fee of $20 in person or $25 by mail, per dog.

To own an unlicensed dog is passable of a $105.00 fine. should you have to appear in court in relation to the current law, the maximum fine may reach $5,000.00.


Where to purchase a dog licence:



330 St-Philippe St. (Library)

3420 Concession 4 (Landfill site)


205 Old Highway 17 (Town Hall)

550 Albert St. (Library)


791 Mill St. (Library)


1963 Hotel de Ville St. (Library)


5000 Centre Street (Library at the Lucien Delorme Community Center)

Download a copy of the  Dog License Application Form here (Fillable format)


Dog Pound

All stray dogs found by the Township are brought to the municipal pound. Impounded dogs are subject to impound fees.


Pound Fees:

a) Pick-up and impounding $40

b) Daily maintenance $20/day

c) Disposal of a dead dog $95

d) Administration 10% of a) + b) + c) where applicable

Owners must ensure that their dogs do not run at large. Owners are reminded to call the By-law Enforcement Officer at (613) 673-4797 as soon as they notice their dog is missing. The provincial law requires that municipalities keep impounded dogs for a minimum of 72 hours before proceeding to the adoption process. 


Garage Sales


As specified in By-law 2015-73, garage sales are permitted: 
  • On the first complete week end of the month of May, June, July, August, September and October, on the Friday evening (after 5:00pm), Saturday and Sunday;

  • During the month of May: on Friday evening (after 5:00 pm), Saturday, Sunday and Monday of the Victoria Day week end;

  • During the month of August: on Friday evening (after 5:00 pm), Saturday, Sunday and Monday of the Civic Holiday week end;

  • During the month of September:  on Friday evening (after 5:00pm), Saturday, Sunday and Monday of the Labor Day week end.


2020- Schedule



1st (after 5 p.m.), 2, 3

15th (after 5 p.m.), 16, 17, 18


5th (after 5 p.m.), 6, 7


3rd (after 5 p.m.), 4, 5

31st (after 5 p.m.)

August 1st, 2, 3
September 4th (after 5 p.m.), 5, 6
October 2nd (after 5 p.m.), 3, 4


Open Air Fires and Permits


No permit is required if the dimensions of the open air fire are smaller than one (1) cubic meter (~3’x3’x3’).

An open air fire shall be used to burn only dry firewood.

An open air fire shall be located at a minimum distance of 5 meters (16 feet) from any part of a main building, any rear or side lot line or property limit, any tree, hedge, fence overhead wiring and any combustible material.

If the base of the open air fire cannot be located at a minimum of 5 meters (16 feet), the open air fire shall be contained within an outdoor fireplace, which reduces the minimum distances to 2 meters (6 feet).  The outdoor fireplace shall be a manufactured, non-burnable, enclosed container designed to hold a small fire for decorative purposes, which does not exceed 1 cubic meter in size, includes a chimney and a spark arrestor.  The outdoor fireplace must be located on a non-burnable surface (stone, brick, concrete etc…)

It is mandatory to be in possession of a burning permit if any open air fire is bigger than one (1) cubic meter (3’X3’X3’).

Permits for Open Air Fires bigger than 1m2 

Applications are available online or at the Township Office located at 205 Old Highway 17, Plantagenet. 

The permit fee is $50 for a period of 90 days or $150 for a year.

NOTE:  Persons setting open air fires or brush fires without a permit (or if the fire burns out of control) will be charged a user fee if the Fire Department responds and/or may be subject to a fine under the Provincial Offences Act.



Tips for Avoiding Parking Tickets

Watch for on-street signage, and:
  1. Do not park in parking spaces reserved for the disabled.
  2. Park back from corners.
  3. Do not park on or obstruct sidewalks.
  4. Park safely near schools.
  5. Err on the side of caution.
  6. Do not park facing the wrong way.
  7. Park more than 3 meters from a fire hydrant.

Pay a Parking Ticket

You can pay the fine in person or by mail at the municipal offices located at 205 Old Highway 17, Plantagenet, ON  K0B 1L0


Payment methods: cash, cheque or interac


What is the total amout to be paid?

If you want to simply pay the fine, look to the bottom of the ticket.  You will see two boxes, each with a different amount.

  1. On the bottom right of the ticket is a box entitled - Voluntary payment within 7 days - This is the total amount to paid within 7 days of the date you recieved the ticket.   
  2. On the bottom left of the ticket is a box entitled - Set Fine - You must pay this amount if you are paying after 7 days. You have a maximum of 15 days to pay the fine.

Appeal a Parking Ticket

You can appeal the ticket by checking the Option 2 box at the back of the ticket.

Option 2 - Trial option. Check this box and deliver or mail it to The Township of Alfred and Plantagenet, care of Municipal Law Enforcement Services. The address is:

205 Old Highway 17, Plantagenet, ON  K0B 1L0


The Township Parking By-law (2007-75)  summarizes penalty rates. *Fines are subject to modifications; please consult the Municipal Law Enforcement Service for more information.

Failure to pay parking fines will result in your Ontario or Québec vehicle permit not being renewed. The Ministry of the Attorney General will register a plate denial against the owner of the licence plate. A renewal of the licence plate will not be issued until the fine, all court costs and fees have been paid.

Fines for Parking Infractions can range from $25.00 to $325.00.

Winter Parking

No on-street parking is permitted between midnight to 7 a.m. from November 1st  and April 1st.


Commercial Vehicle Parking

No commercial vehicle shall be parked on any street in excess of 2 hours.


Parking on Township Property

No person shall park a vehicle on Township property (ex: parks) without the consent of the Municipality.


Property Standards

Yard Maintenance

The Municipality has authority to require the owner or occupant of land to clean debris, domestic waste, industrial waste and derelict motor vehicles from their property. 

Every owner shall keep his or her land free and clear of all garbage, refuse, domestic or industrial waste of any kind, and shall ensure that his or her land is free and clear of infestation. 

Every owner shall keep his lawn, weeds or turf grass trimmed or cut less than 18cm in height.

Snow Removal


According to By-law 2010-42, no person shall deposit or push snow or ice on or across any roads at any time.  Please keep the snow on your property.


Summer Watering

Municipal Water Users

By-law 2009-39 as amended by By-law 2011-58 stipulates that no person shall use or allow to be used municipal water at any time between June 1st and September 30th in any year for the purpose of watering lawns, gardens, flowers, etc. outside any building except as hereinafter provided: 

  • Residents of odd numbered buildings shall be permitted to water lawns and gardens on odd numbered days (1, 3, 5, etc.) between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. 
  • Residents of even numbered buildings shall be permitted to water lawns and gardens on even numbered days (2, 4, 6, etc.) between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.