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Township of Essa Administration Centre

5786 County Road 21 | Utopia, ON L0M 1T0

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

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

Township of Essa
  • Burn Permits Burn Permits
  • Fierté Simcoe Pride Fierté Simcoe Pride
    Members of Council & Fierte Simcoe Pride were in attendance for the Flag Raising Ceremony at the Administration Centre on August 3, 2017.
  • The next series of Ontario150 Cooking Classes are being offered at the Utopia Hall to children between the ages of 7-18 years. Please register in advance by contacting or call 1-877-499-HALL (4255) for more information.
  • Low Cost Rabies Clinic Low Cost Rabies Clinic
    Click picture for more information.
  • Dryland Hockey Dryland Hockey
  • Road Construction Notice-Construction for road work commences June 12, 2017 and is expected until August 2017 on the 30th Sideroad between County Road 56 and the 6th Line of Essa.
  • 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.
  • Summer Camp Registration is now available! Summer Camp Registration is now available!
  • TIP-Exercise caution and ALWAYS request ID

  • ​17-07-06 - OMAFRA and MNRF are seeking public input with respect to the Draft Agricultural System and its proposed criteria, methods and mapping of the Natural Heritage System. 

    Comments are welcome until October 4, 2017.  For more information, click the link above.

  • ​August 8, 2017 – The County of Simcoe is encouraging anyone who spends time in our Simcoe County Forest to complete a brief survey to provide input into a review being undertaken of the Recreation Policy.

    Please click on the link to initiate the survey.

  • The next regularly scheduled meeting of Council will be held in Council Chambers on September 6, 2017 starting at 6:00 p.m.
  • 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.