Applications, Licenses, Permits and Policies

Birth Certificate

Birth Registrations

Parents of children born in Centre Wellington (former Town of Fergus, Village of Elora, Townships of Pilkington, Nichol, West Garafraxa and a portion of Eramosa), must now register their child's birth directly with the Office of the Registrar General. Registration can be made either online or by mail.

Birth Certificates

Application for birth certificates can be made either online or by mail.

  • Online – Register electronically and pay by credit card
  • By mail – Pick up a paper application at the customer service counter at the Township Municipal Office, 1 MacDonald Square, Elora, complete it, and submit it to the Office of the Registrar General.

Building and Demolition

Commissioner of Oaths

A Commissioner of Oaths / Affidavits is a person authorized to take your oath or solemn affirmation when you sign an affidavit or a statutory declaration. A Commissioner does not certify the statements being made in the affidavit or the statutory declaration are true, but only certifies that an oath or solemn affirmation has been administered properly.

Commissioner of Oaths services are available through Corporate Services at the Municipal Office, 1 MacDonald Square, Elora.  A variety of documents such as affidavits, statutory declarations, government documents / applications which need to be signed in a formal manner can be sworn or affirmed before a Commissioner of Oaths at a cost of $20.00.

Appointments are not necessary, however; you are encouraged to call ahead to ensure a Commissioner is available.  Proof of identity must be presented in the form of government issued Photo ID to complete a commission.

Community Impact Grants

2018 Community Impact Grant Application Form

Death Registration

How to Register a Death

For deaths occurring within the Township of Centre Wellington, the funeral director usually completes the Statement of Death with information about the deceased. The physician or coroner attending the death completes the Medical Certificate of Death, which contains the cause of death information.  Both forms are forwarded to the Township's Legislative Services Division along with the registration fee. Once received and recorded by the Clerk, they are forwarded to the Office of the Registrar General for registration.

How to Obtain a Death Certificate

Application for death certificates can be made either online or by mail.

  • Online: Register electronically and pay by credit card
  • By mail: Pick up a paper application at the customer service counter at the Township Municipal Office, 1 MacDonald Square, Elora, complete it, and submit it to the Office of the Registrar General.

Dog Licence

The Township of Centre Wellington Dog Control By-law requires every dog owner to register his or her dog and obtain a Licence, before the 30th day of April each year. New dog owners have fifteen days to register their dog.

It is important to get an annual dog tag for the following reasons:

  • Registering your dog demonstrates responsible pet ownership, and helps the Guelph Humane Society with the identification and safe return of your dog.
  • If your dog goes missing, having them licensed drastically improves your chances of getting them returned to you safely.
  • Reduces the stress a dog may experience from staying at the shelter.
  • Allows the Guelph Humane Society to contact the dog owner in the event of an emergency to make vital decisions regarding their care.
  • It's the law! The cost of a licence is far less than the penalty for being caught without one and saves the cost of impound and boarding fees.

2018 Dog Tags are available online, by mail or at the Township Office.

Fees:

  • Dog Tags before April 30, 2018: $40.00
  • Beginning May 1, 2018 (renewals only): $50.00
  • New dog tags beginning November 1, 2018: $12.50
  • Replacement Tags: $10.00 (available at the Township Office only)

Purchase a Dog Tag Online or Complete a paper Dog Tag Application

Paper applications can be mailed or visit in person to the Township Municipal Office located at: 1 MacDonald Square, Elora, ON N0B 1S0

General Rules:

  • All Dogs must be registered according to the Dog Control By-law
  • Two dogs are the maximum permitted for any residential dwellings (three for rural dwellings)
  • Dogs not on the premises of the owner or under the control of any person can be impounded
  • All owners must clean up after their dog
  • If a dog is found to behave aggressively or attack a person or domestic animal in the absence of any mitigating factor, said dog can be designated as a potentially dangerous dog or a dangerous dog.
  • Schoolyards, public parks and trails are not leash-free zones. Keep your dog on a leash at all times unless you are visiting the leash-free dog park on Glengarry Crescent in Fergus.
  • Get your dog licensed. Purchase your dog tag online. Dog tags help us reunite lost dogs with their owners quicker and easier.
  • Don't let your dog bark persistently (it is a violation of our Noise By-law)

The leash-free dog park is maintained by the Township of Centre Wellington with the help of the Centre Wellington Dog Owners Group (CWDOG) volunteers to provide a clean, safe and fun area for park users. More information regarding the park and rules can be found on their website.

Kennels

To renew your annual kennel licence, please complete an application and submit with payment to the Township municipal office located at: 1 MacDonald Square, Elora. The Guelph Humane Society will schedule and complete an inspection prior to the issuance of a kennel licence.

Please be advised the Township of Centre Wellington is not accepting new kennel licence applications. On May 29, 2017 Council suspended the acceptance of new kennel applications pending a review of the Dog Licensing by-law, Kennel by-law and zoning regulations.

Fire Permits

Whether you are having a small backyard fire or clearing your property of brush, a permit is required.

Standard Open Air Burn permits for campfires, outdoor style fireplaces such as fire bowls and chimineas or a small brush pile are $26/yr and valid for the calendar year. (January 1 – December 31).

When/where can I get a permit?

Infrastructure Services

Liquor Licence

Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario

Lottery Licence

In order to conduct a lottery in Ontario, an organization must first obtain a lottery licence from your local municipality.  The organization must be non-profit or charitable and have been operating for at least one year.

Step 1: Are you eligible to have a lottery licence?

To qualify for a lottery licence in the Province of Ontario, an organization must have a demonstrated charitable or religious mandate.  Some of these mandates include:

  • Relief of poverty
  • Advancement of education
  • Advancement of religion
  • Any purpose considered beneficial to the community

Some examples include:

  • Minor/youth sports leagues
  • Service clubs
  • Religious organizations

Some examples of organizations which are NOT eligible for a lottery licence include:

  • Adult sports teams
  • Social clubs
  • Professional associations, unions, employee groups
  • Elected representative groups including municipal, regional, provincial and federal governments
  • Political lobby groups
  • Political parties
  • Adult hobby groups
  • Private sports clubs (e.g. golf/curling)
  • Individual youth sports teams
  • A group promoting a private interest (e.g. stag & doe, individual youth sports team)

Step 2: Lottery Licence Application

Each organization is required to open a Lottery Trust Account at their financial institution for the purpose of conducting lottery events.

Raffle Licence

Application

Terms & Conditions

Nevada Licence

Application

Terms & Conditions 

Bingo Licence

Application

Terms & Conditions

Step 3: Lottery Reports

Lottery reports are to be submitted 30 days following the lottery event.

Raffle Report

Nevada Report

Bingo Report

Additional information:

Additional information regarding licensing for charitable gaming can be found through the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario.

Marriage Licence

Visit our Marriage Licence page.

 

Marriage Certificate

Marriage certificates are issued through ServiceOntario, by the Office of the Registrar General (ORG).  Following your wedding day, your marriage officiant will send the completed licence to the ORG.  The ORG requests that you wait 10 weeks following the date of your wedding to order your certificate.

A marriage certificate is required for a number of legal reasons.  Some examples are: a change of name; personal records; pension benefits or insurance.

Application for your marriage certificate can be made either online or by mail.

  • Online – Register electronically and pay by credit card
  • By mail: Pick up a paper application at the customer service counter at the Township Municipal Office, 1 MacDonald Square, Elora, complete it, and submit it to the Office of the Registrar General.

Planning & Zoning Applications

Sign Permits

Special Events and Parades Permits

Special Event Permit Application

Taxi Licensing

Learn more about Taxi Licensing

Vendor Licensing – Refreshment Vehicles

Township By-law 1999-59 is a by-law for the licensing, regulating and governing of outdoor vendors in the Township of Centre Wellington.

Food Vehicle

A food vehicle means a chip wagon, food truck, mobile barbeque facility, refreshment vehicle or refrigerated bicycle cart.  No person shall operate or permit the operation of any food vehicle within the Township of Centre Wellington without a licence to do so.

Food Vehicle Licence Application

Food Vehicle Licensing Fees

Vehicle

Fees​

​Chip Wagon/Food Truck

​$250.00 each wagon/truck

​Mobile Barbeque

​$250.00 each barbeque

​Refreshment Vehicle

​$100.00 each vehicle

​Refrigerated Bicycle Cart

​$50.00 each cart

Vendor Licensing – Transient Traders

Transient Trader

A transient trader means any person who offers goods, wares or merchandise for sale in any manner in the Township.  No person shall operate as a transient trader within the Township of Centre Wellington without a licence to do so.

Transient Trader Licence Application

 

Transient Trader Licensing Fees

Type​

Fees​

​Transient Trader - Annual

​$300.00

​Transient Trader - Daily

​$25.00

​Community Event

​$300.00

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