Legal and By-law Services



Department Overview

The Legal and By-law Services Department is comprised of three divisions, Legal Services, Animal Services, and By-law Services. For more information about each division, please see below. 

Legal Services

The Legal Services Division provides a full and broad range of services to The Corporation of the Town of Whitby, including elected Council, appointed Committees and Town Departments.  The primary function of the division is to provide legal advice and opinions, interpretation of legislation, review of agreements, and litigation representation and management. Legal Services protects and defend the Town's interests in litigation and administrative law matters by attending hearings, dispute resolution sessions and other proceedings before the courts and tribunals, including the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal. They conduct legal research and prepare legal opinions pertaining to the Town's rights, duties, powers, and obligations in accordance with provincial and federal legislation, its own bylaws and policies, as well as pertinent case law.

Please note that the Legal Services division cannot provide legal advice to the public on any matter.

Individuals who require legal assistance may wish to contact:

The Law Society Referral Service is designed to provide callers with up to 30 minutes of consultation either by phone or in person at no charge. A Legal Information Officer will receive the call and assess the needs of the client and then provide the name of a lawyer or paralegal who best fits the client's stated needs. The service is not designed to provide legal advice or second opinions, and any fees should be discussed with the lawyer or paralegal. The service can be reached by calling either 416-947-3330 within the GTA, or toll free 1-800-268-8326 outside the GTA. (TTY Phone: 416-644-4886).

If your question concerns a Landlord or Tenant matter, please call 1-888-332-3234.

Animal Services

Animal Services provides animal control, enforcement, pet registration and animal adoption services for the residents of Whitby. For more information about Animal Services, please follow the link below.

By-law Services

The Town's By-law Services Division is responsible for providing education and enforcing a variety of regulatory and licensing by-laws. For more information about By-law Services, please follow the link below.