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Welcome to Essa Township

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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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​COVID 19 ​​​

Impact on Municipal Services  

​The Administration Centre is open to the public with strict COVID protocols in place.  ​Should you need to, you can contact staff by phone 705-​424-9917 (visit Contacts​ page for extensions) or by email​.

The Township of Essa is urging residents to continue using our Online Registration​ system w​here possible and avoid unnecessary trips to th​​e Administration Centre.

Drop boxes are located at the upper and lower​ le​vel entrances of the Administration Centre. Residents are able to leave payments via ​cheque in these drop boxes. Please ensure your contact information as well as information relevant to the payment is included and placed​ in a sealed envelope.  ​

​All payments can be made utilizing the ​drop boxes​ described above.

This page is dedicated to COVID-19 and will be updated as new information is made available. ​​​


​​Regu​​lar ​​​​​Council and ​Committee of the Whole Meetings 

In response to Provincial Regulations surrounding the COVID-19 Pandemic, staff have​ worked diligently to provide the public with a safe environment for attending Regular Council and Committee of the Whole meetings virtually.

Please be advised that based on advice received from the​​ local health unit, Council and Committee meetings will be held by electronic participation, and will be live-streamed to the Township's YouTube Channel​.

​​Building ​D​epart​​m​ent (705-424-9917 ext 128)

Building Permits - will be received in person at the Township office or by emailing them to edavis@essatownship.on.ca

Building Inspections - will be conducted with appropriate PPE and distancing. ​

​​By-law Enforcement (705-42​​​4-9917 ext 123)​

​As a result of pressures placed on Municipal Law Enforcement Officers resulting from Provincial COVID-19 measures, please exercise patience when contacting our Officers.  They will do their best to respond to your concern in a timely manner.

Canines​ -  We are asking residents who have found a dog running at large, to please secure the dog in an outdoor location (ie; backyard, leashed safely to front porch, or secured​ in garage if at all possible) and contact the Township of Essa at (705) 424-9917 during business hours to​ transfer ​the dog. Staff will not be en​tering into a home at this time to secure a dog, so please help make social distancing possible. 

During business hours, contact 705-424-9917 extension 123.  The Township does not offer pick-up of dogs found after regular hours. 

Parking Tickets - Options are outlined on the back of the ticket for payment options and/or dispute of the charge.  The ticket and/or payment can be made by placing the ticket and payment in an envelope in the drop-box at the Administration Centre.  Alternatively, please see the Parking Ticket ​webpage for payment by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT).​

​​Clerk'​​s Dep​artment (705-424-9917 ext 101 or 116)

Busin​​ess Licenses / Sign Permits-Application, payment and supplementary documentation can be provided either in person, or inserted in an envelope and placed in the drop box.  Inspections will be conducted when restrictions ease.  Please contact 705-424-9917 ext 101 for more payment options.  

Civil Ceremonies - Civil ceremonies can be performed indoors or outdoors.  The total number of persons permitted in attendance is continuously impacted by the Province's COVID-19 Framework, so participants are encouraged to contact the Clerk's Office at 705-424-9917 ext. 116 as restrictions change.

Commissioning of Documents - by appointment only.

Marriage Licenses - are being issued to individuals who are getting married within 90​ days of their application in person or by appointment.  For more information, please call 705-424-9917 ext 101 or email ahutchins@essatownship.on.ca​.

​​Fire Department​ (705-424-5828)

Burn Permits - Permits are available for purchase in person or using our online system.  Inspections are being conducted during the Provincial Lockdown.  For more information see the following page: Burn Permits


Both branches of the Essa Public Library are open to the public.

Curbside services will continue during regular library hours as a public convenience. 

Visit www.essa.library.on.ca for more information.​​

​Parks and Recre​​ation​ D​​​epartment (705-424-9917 ext 107)

Facility Bookin​gs - Facility rentals requests are now being accepted.  Requests can be emailed to bwhite@essatownship.on.ca​ or phone 705-424-9917 ext. 107.

Programs - are not running at this time.​​

Outdoor Rinks - are open with physical​ distancing pr​otocols in effect. 

Parks remain open at this time, however please ensure social distancing protocols are met and masks are worn where not possible to maintain distancing.


Simcoe County's public transit service has adjusted t​heir service schedules in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.  For more information on reduced services please click here​.​

​​Hydro ​One Support

Hydro One continues to support their customers and have introduced a number of initiatives to provide financial relief, flexibility and immediate support.  For more information on how to apply for Hydro One financial assistance initiatives please review the document below.

2021-02-02 HYDRO ONE Assistance