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Township of Essa Administration Centre

5786 County Road 21 | Utopia, ON L0M 1T0

Phone: 705-424-9770 TTY: 705-424-5302 Fax: 705-424-2367

Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Township of Essa
  • For more information please contact Donna Austin, Assistant Manager of Community Use, by emailing, or call 705-734-6363 ext. 11339.
  • Gentle reminder to residents that effective 2011, Council passed By-law 2011-62 which prohibits smoking on municipally owned properties, parks and trails. For more information, please see By-law 2011-62.
  • Friendly reminder to residents - Watering restrictions are now in force. Consult By-law 2011-56 for more information.
  • Volunteers were busy this weekend planting trees in Angus. Thank you to all that helped contribute to its success!
  • Summer Camp Registration is now available! Summer Camp Registration is now available!
  • TIP-Exercise caution and ALWAYS request ID
  • Be sure to purchase your burn permit prior to burning.

  • The next regularly scheduled meeting of Council will be held in Council Chambers on June 7, 2017 starting at 6:00 p.m.
  • Please be advised that a Public Meeting is scheduled to take place on Wednesday June 7, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers located at the Township Administration Centre (5786 County Road 21, Utopia).

    The purpose of this meeting is to hear comments and/or concerns regarding a proposed Zoning By-law Amendment which would affect the following lands: 

    • Concession 3, East Part Lot 4 (around 5384 County Road 10);
    • Concession 10, West Part Lot 18 (around 7183 10th Line);
    • Concession 8, East Part Lot 3 (around 5298 9th Line); and
    • Concession 7, East Part Lots 15 and 16 (around 6874 8th Line).

  • The Township of Essa has a new burning by-law that allows for recreational/camp fire, open air burning and open air burning with an inspection.

    No person(s) or owners(s) of land shall set a fire or permit the setting of a fire without first having obtained an authorized burn permit.  Burning must be in accordance with the Open Air Burning By-law 2015-92 or subsequent by law.   A permit shall not be issued in a settlement area with clearance of less than 15 feet/5 metre from any structure.

    Permit is valid until the end of each calendar year at a cost of $25.00.  Burn Permits (except for those that require an inspection) can be obtained on-line by going to on-line registration.   Permits can also be obtained from the Township Administration Centre, upstairs, during regular business hours.

    For more information or inquiries please contact the Fire Department at 705-424-5828.
  • It has been reported to the Township of Essa that there are individuals offering to test the water in the homes of residents and implying or suggesting that these individuals are affiliated with the Ontario Clean Water Agency on behalf of the Township of Essa. Neither the Ontario Clean Water Agency nor the Township of Essa is affiliated with any individuals or companies offering to test the water in your home.


    Any Township or Ontario Clean Water Agency representatives visiting your house will have appropriate identification and residents are advised to request such identification.


    Some points to remember should you choose to open your door to a salesperson:

    • Do not invite the person(s) inside.
    • Do not sign any documents under pressure.
    • If you are not interested in what is being offered or if they use aggressive tactics, ask them to leave your property, if you are suspicious, immediately report the incident to police (the non-emergency number of the Nottawasaga OPP is 1-888-310-1122).


    If you have questions or concerns about any door-to-door experience you have had, call the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services at 1-800-889-9768.

  • ​17-01-30 - If you would like to view the Environmental Study Report regarding the Baxter Settlement Area Water Supply and Distribution System Upgrades, please click the link above.