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Township of Essa Administration Centre

5786 County Road 21 | Utopia, ON L0M 1T0

Phone: 705-424-9917 Fax: 705-424-2367

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

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  • ​The Township has implemented a formalized Pre-consultation process for all Planning Applications.  Further Details on this process  can be obtained on th​e Township's 'Forms' page, or through the Planning and Development Department at extension 104.​

  • ​The Township of Essa has retained the services of the Ainley Group to undertake a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment to address deficiencies associated with the bridge on the 5th Line over the Nottawasaga River.  

    Public input is encouraged throughout this process.  

    For more information please contact:

    Bob Morrison, Manager of Public Works
    Township of Essa at (705) 424-9770 ext 135 


    Brian Wickenheiser, Bridges and Structures Group Lead
    Ainley Group at (705) 726-3371

  • ​TAKE NOTICE that the Township of Essa and the proponent (EMC Group Limited) will hold a Neighbourhood Meeting to introduce a proposed Zoning By-law Amendment​ and Plan of Condominium Application under the Planning Act. This meeting will take place on October 17th, 2019 at approximately 6:00 p.m. at the Angus Recreation Centre - 8529 County Rd 10, Angus.​​

  • ​TAKE NOTICE that the Council of the Corporation of the Township of Essa and the proponent will hold a Public Meeting on October 16th, 2019 at approx. 6:00 p.m. to consider a Zoning By-law Amendment re: 150 to 156 Mill Street and 9 to 11 River Drive, Angus.

  • ​TAKE NOTICE THAT Council of the Corporation of the Township of Essa is considering amending its Business Licensing By-law to include provisions specific to licensing "Recreational Facilities - Event Venues"  The proposed requirements for this Business License applies to areas only where wedding barns are permitted in accordance with land use planning and the Township's Zoning By-law.

    The proposed By-law will be considered by Council at their Regular Meeting on October 16, 2019.  

  • ​TAKE NOTICE THAT the Township of Essa in partnership with Ryerson University is conducting a survey to assess the needs of senior residents within our community. Physical copies of the survey can be found at the following locations:

    • Thornton Public Library – 34 Robert St. Thornton, ON L0L 2N0;
    • Angus Public Library – 8505 County Rd. 10 #1, Angus, ON L0M 1B1;
    • Township of Essa Administrative Centre – 5786 Simcoe County Rd. 21, Angus, ON L0M 1T0; and
    • Naturally For You – 211 Mill St. Angus, ON L0M 1B2.


    Collection boxes can also be found at these locations for completed survey questionnaires. A PDF copy of the survey can be found by clicking the top of this page.


    If you have any questions regarding the Age-Friendly Needs Assessment Survey, feel free to email or contact Liam Munnoch at 705-424-9917 ext. 104.​

  • The next regularly scheduled meeting of Council will be held in Council Chambers on October 16, 2019 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 $40.00.  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.