Category Archives: By-laws

Council approves Development Charges Bylaw

February 19, 2019

Guelph City Council approve Development Charges Bylaw. New rates come into effect March 2, 2019. Continue reading Council approves Development Charges Bylaw


Notice: Sign Bylaw variance applications

December 27, 2018

The City has received applications for variances from the City of Guelph Sign By-law (1996)-15245, as amended. The requests for variances at the subject property are as follows: 160 Chancellors Way Request for variances from Section 2(2) and Section 7(1)(f ) of the City of Guelph Sign By-law (1996)-15245, as amended, to permit one (1) illuminated freestanding sign with a sign face area of .77m2 and a height of 1.77m above the adjacent roadway within a 7m by 5m driveway sightline triangle at the west driveway of 160 Chancellors Way. Request for variances from Section 2(2) and Section 7(1)(f ) of the City of Guelph Sign By-law (1996)-15245, as amended, to permit one (1) illuminated freestanding sign with a sign face area 3.79m2 (changeable copy of 1.08m2) with a height of… Continue reading Notice: Sign Bylaw variance applications


City Council opts into cannabis retail stores

December 18, 2018

Guelph City Council voted last night to opt in to cannabis retail stores within the city with authority to comment on storefronts. Continue reading City Council opts into cannabis retail stores


Overnight on-street parking restrictions begin December 1

November 30, 2018

Check the signs on your street! Starting December 1, the overnight on-street parking restrictions take effect for winter. Continue reading Overnight on-street parking restrictions begin December 1


Swimming Pool and Hot Tub Bylaw review

November 29, 2018

The Swimming Pool By-law is currently under review. You are invited to help us draft the revised bylaw by identifying what’s working in the current bylaw, what’s not, and what’s missing at a public meeting. Continue reading Swimming Pool and Hot Tub Bylaw review


Notice: Sign Bylaw variance application for 1467 Gordon Street

August 30, 2018

The City has received an application for variances from the City of Guelph Sign By-law Number (1996)-15245, as amended. The requests for variances at 1467 Gordon Street are as follows: Request for variance from Table 1, Row 1 of Sign By-law Number (1996)-15245, as amended, to permit a 1.23m2 non-illuminated building sign to be located on the second storey of a building face fronting a public road allowance. Request for variances from Table 1, Row 6 of Sign By-law Number (1996)-15245, as amended, to permit a 1.23m2 non-illuminated building sign to be located on the second storey of a building face fronting an adjacent property. Delegate or submit comments The report will be addressed at the Council meeting in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 1… Continue reading Notice: Sign Bylaw variance application for 1467 Gordon Street


Notice: Sign Bylaw variance application

June 21, 2018

The City has received applications for variances from the City of Guelph Sign By-law (1996)-15245, as amended. The requests for variances at the subject properties are as follows: 26 Clair Road West Request for a variance from Table 1, Row 1 of Sign By-law Number (1996)-15245, as amended, to permit a 0.9m2 illuminated building sign to be a height of 2.2m above the ground surface. Request for a variance from Table 1, Row 1 of Sign By-law Number (1996)-15245, as amended, to permit a 6.2m2 non-illuminated building sign painted directly onto a wall to be a height of 2.2m above the ground surface. Request for a variance from Table 1, Row 1 of Sign By-law Number (1996)-15245, as amended, to permit a 5m2 illuminated building… Continue reading Notice: Sign Bylaw variance application


The draft Parkland Dedication Bylaw is now ready for review

April 20, 2018

Have your say between until May 3 The next phase of the Parkland Dedication Bylaw review is underway. We invite you to read the draft Parkland Dedication Bylaw and provide comments. The Parkland Dedication Bylaw requires developers to either transfer land to the City to be used as parkland or offer payment in lieu of the land. This bylaw is the City’s way of making sure that as Guelph grows, our parks and open spaces grow with it. Your feedback will help staff develop the final draft bylaw that will go to Council in summer 2018. You can mail or email your comments to Jyoti Pathak, Park Planner with the City of Guelph. Read the draft bylaw For information on the Parkland Dedication Bylaw review,… Continue reading The draft Parkland Dedication Bylaw is now ready for review


Notice: Sign Bylaw variance application

April 19, 2018

The City has received applications for variances from the City of Guelph Sign By-law (1996)-15245, as amended. The requests for variances at the subject properties are as follows: 1515 Gordon Street Request for variances from Sign By-law Number (1996)-15245, as amended, to permit an illuminated freestanding sign to have a sign area of 4.53m2 and a height of 4.65m above the adjacent roadway. Delegate or submit comments These reports will before the Committee of the Whole in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 1 Carden Street, Guelph at 2 p.m. on Monday, May 7, 2018. If you wish to speak to either of these applications or provide a written submission, please contact the Clerk’s Office at 519-837-5603 (TTY 519-826-9771) or at clerks@guelph.ca by Friday, May 4, 2018 at 10 a.m. For more information Reports… Continue reading Notice: Sign Bylaw variance application


Have your say on how signs are used in Guelph

April 11, 2018

We are reviewing our Sign Bylaw. At the April 10 public meeting, we identified what’s working and what’s not for the current Sign Bylaw and explored how it can better reflect business and community needs. This bylaw governs how the city regulates permanent and temporary signs, excluding election signs. Join the online conversation to provide your feedback on the Sign Bylaw. The feedback we gather will be used in preparation for a new Sign Bylaw for Council’s consideration in early 2019. For more information Zoning Services 519-837-5615 zoning@guelph.ca


City of Guelph and partners ask St. Patrick’s Day goers to be safe, be respectful and be accountable

March 13, 2018

Guelph, Ont., March 12, 2018 – The City of Guelph, the University of Guelph, the Guelph Police Services, and Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario have joined forces to ensure St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are safe, respectful and enjoyable for everyone. “We know people like to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. We are just asking that they be mindful of noise, be respectful of residential property, clean up after themselves and stay safe,” said Doug Godfrey General Manager of the Operations Department at the City of Guelph. Every year for St. Patrick’s Day, the City’s bylaw team, the University and the Police, patrol and address issues throughout the day. This year, residents can expect an increased police presence and bylaw officers patrolling throughout the day and… Continue reading City of Guelph and partners ask St. Patrick’s Day goers to be safe, be respectful and be accountable


Notice: Sign Bylaw variance applications

February 22, 2018

The City of Guelphhas received applications for variances from the City of Guelph Sign By-law (1996)-15245, as amended. Continue reading Notice: Sign Bylaw variance applications


Notice: Sign Bylaw variance applications

December 28, 2017

The City has received applications for variances from the City of Guelph Sign By-law (1996)-15245, as amended. The requests for variances at the subject properties are as follows: 120-130 Silvercreek Parkway North Request for a variance from Table 2, Row 2 of Sign By-law Number (1996)-15245, as amended, to permit an illuminated freestanding sign to be located 34m from a freestanding sign on the same property. 111-193 Silvercreek Parkway North Request for a variance from Table 2, Row 13 of Sign By-law Number (1996)-15245, as amended, to permit a menu board with a height of 2.43m above the adjacent roadway and sign face of 4.5m2. Delegate or submit comments These reports will before the Committee of the Whole at 2 p.m. on Monday, January 15,… Continue reading Notice: Sign Bylaw variance applications


City’s 2018 rates and fees released

December 19, 2017

As part of the 2018 budget, City Council approved a series of rate and fee increases to ensure that the City is able to continue delivering programs and services that meet the community’s expectations. Continue reading City’s 2018 rates and fees released


Notice: Noise control bylaw exemption – Ontario Ministry of Transportation

October 2, 2017

Under the City of Guelph’s Delegation Bylaw (2010) – 18935, the City has granted the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) a bylaw exemption from the City’s Noise Control Bylaw.
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City releases proposed new animal control bylaw

November 25, 2016

Guelph, Ont., November 25, 2016 – City staff will present the proposed new animal control bylaw at the December 5 Committee of the Whole meeting. The proposed bylaw would replace four animal control bylaws that currently regulate poultry, and domestic and exotic animals in Guelph. “To better serve the community, we have taken the four bylaws and amendments that address animal control issues in Guelph and developed a single bylaw,” says Doug Godfrey, general manager of Operations. The City, with the assistance of the Animal Control Working Group (ACWG), comprised of community members, agency representatives, and City employees, spent three years reviewing and consolidating the existing animal control bylaws and considering community feedback. In 2015, 81 people submitted written feedback at four public meetings and… Continue reading City releases proposed new animal control bylaw


City staff recommends taking on taxi licensing administration

September 23, 2016

Guelph, Ont., September 23, 2016 – City staff is taking a report to Committee of the Whole on October 3 that recommends transferring the administration and enforcement of two Guelph Police Service Board bylaws to the City of Guelph. In Guelph, all taxi cabs, or vehicles operating as such, as well as taxi drivers and dispatchers are required to be licensed under the Guelph Police Services Board Bylaw 145-2011. The second bylaw—146-2011—applies to all owners and dealers of second hand goods/shops, salvage yards/shops and dealers buying and selling used gold and jewelry. “We’ve heard from the Guelph Police Service that administering, monitoring and enforcing the licensing is not a core duty of a police service. In fact, Guelph is one of only a handful of… Continue reading City staff recommends taking on taxi licensing administration


Council approves zoning bylaw update to permit food vehicles in Guelph

September 13, 2016

Guelph, Ont., September 13, 2016 – Last night, Council approved an update to the zoning bylaw to permit the operation of food vehicles in Guelph. “The updated zoning bylaw allows food trucks to operate throughout areas in Guelph that were previously off limits, such as park, commercial, industrial and institutional zones,” says Abby Watts, policy planner with the City of Guelph. The updated zoning bylaw is subject to a 20-day appeal period in accordance with the Planning Act. If no appeal is filed, the new bylaw will be in effect. The zoning bylaw’s definition of food vehicles includes food trucks in addition to food trailers and food carts. The food vehicle zoning bylaw update is part of a larger approach to food vehicles in Guelph.… Continue reading Council approves zoning bylaw update to permit food vehicles in Guelph


Food Vehicle Zoning Bylaw update

July 25, 2016

Council approved an update to the zoning bylaw on September 12, 2016 to permit the operation of food vehicles throughout areas in Guelph that were previously off limits, such as park, commercial, industrial and institutional zones. Food vehicles include food trucks, ice cream trucks, food trailers and food carts. The approved Zoning Bylaw: Includes a definition for food vehicles Allows food vehicles to operate in some zones Regulates the location of food vehicles on a property A review of the Zoning Bylaw is part of a multi-departmental project to allow food vehicles to operate in Guelph. This includes a review of the Business Licensing Bylaw and the initiation of the Downtown food truck summer pilot project. Background materials The discussion paper includes: Background information on the… Continue reading Food Vehicle Zoning Bylaw update


Proposed bylaw to ensure transparent water and wastewater billing

May 27, 2016

Guelph, Ont., May 27, 2016—The City has drafted a new bylaw to clarify its customer service processes for billing of water and wastewater services including account creation, water meter protocols, the handling of unpaid accounts and  billing dispute resolution. The bylaw will be presented to the Infrastructure, Development and Engineering (IDE) Committee on June 7. If recommended by the IDE Committee, the proposed bylaw will be presented to Council for approval on June 27. If approved, the bylaw would come into effect immediately. “Guelph has grown a lot since we introduced the City’s Water Bylaw in 2001—we’ve seen a large increase in both residential and business water and wastewater customers—and today’s customers want detailed information about billing processes,” said Wayne Galliher, Manager of Technical Services… Continue reading Proposed bylaw to ensure transparent water and wastewater billing


Community supports setting a standard of care for animals

March 22, 2016

City releases analysis of resident feedback on animal control bylaw recommendations Guelph, Ont., March 22, 2016 – Today, the City released an analysis of resident feedback on proposed recommendations for a new animal control bylaw. The report, prepared by Sage Solutions, summarizes the feedback received from residents and is intended to inform the work of the Animal Control Bylaw Working Group (ACWG)—comprised of community members, agency representatives, and City employees. Eighty-one people submitted written feedback at the four public meetings held last November and 2,100 distinct online survey responses were received between November 27 and December 31, which focused on animal licensing, animals in public spaces, exotic animals, and limits on animals. One highlight from the results was overwhelming support for the establishment of a… Continue reading Community supports setting a standard of care for animals