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Applications, Licences and Permits

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 Civil Wedding Ceremony

As provided for under the authority given by the Government of Ontario and in accordance with the Ontario Marriage Act, the Municipal Clerk and Deputy Clerk may solemnize Civil Marriages.

  • Officiant services are held in Council Chambers
    • offered Monday to Friday
    • services may be scheduled any time between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
    • services are not available on the second and fourth Monday of the month due to Council meetings (unless otherwise posted)
Officiants may also conduct ceremonies at a different location, and/or outside of regular business hours upon request. 
Civil Wedding Fees
  • Ceremony held in Council Chambers - $250 (+HST)
  • Ceremony held at another location - $300 (+HST)
  • Per Witness (Only available in Council Chambers) - $25/witness (+HST)
  • Travel Outside of Town limits - $0.52/km
  • Marriage Licence - $128

The Civil Wedding Fee includes a pre-consultation with the officiant, use of Council Chambers (if taking place on-site), registration of the Civil Wedding ceremony, preparation of the Record of Solemnization and submission of the completed Marriage Licence to the Registrar General.

Civil Wedding Information Package

The Civil Wedding Information Package, includes:

  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Ceremony Guidelines
  • Ceremony Options
  • Pre-Ceremony Information Questionnaire
  • Booking Agreement
Book a Civil Wedding Ceremony
To book a Civil Wedding Ceremony, please complete the on-line Civil Marriage Services Booking Form, or contact the Clerk's Office at 519-688-3009 Ext. 3221. 
 Marriage Licence

Marriage Licences are issued at the Customer Service Centre Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Licence Fee

The cost for a Marriage Licence is $128.  Payment can be made by cash or by Interac.


Marriage Licence Application

The Marriage Licence Application Form must be completed and signed by both parties to the marriage. 

One of the applicants must be present to purchase a Marriage Licence.  If only one person is attending, (2) original pieces of government issued identification must be provided for both parties.

Age Restrictions
Individuals applying for a Marriage Licence must be a minimum of 16 years of age.  Applicants between the ages of 16 and 17 require parental consent.  Parental Consent Forms can only be signed during regular office hours.  Please contact the Customer Service Centre for more information. 
Two pieces of government issued identification must be provided for each applicant when an application is submitted for a Marriage Licence.  Only original pieces of identification will be accepted.  Birth Certificates are preferred.  A Baptism Certificate, Driver's Licence or valid Passport will be accepted if a Birth Certificate is not available. 
Previous Marriage

If one or both of the applicants applying for a Marriage Licence has been divorced and the divorce was granted in Canada, the original or a certified true copy of the Decree Absolute or Certificate of Divorce must be provided.  Divorce Judgements will not be accepted. 

Divorces granted outside of Canada require Registrar General authorization.  Contact Service Ontario for more information.

If one or both of the applicants are widowed, a copy of the Death Certificate is required.

Licence Expiry
Once a Marriage Licence has been issued, it is valid for a period of (3) months.  Upon expiry, a new Marriage Licence would need to be obtained.  No refunds can be provided for Marriage Licences issued.
 Encroachment Permits

An Encroachment Permit is required when you want to temporarily occupy any portion of the Town's right-of-way or public lands for some kind of activity.

The Encroachment Permit process helps ensure steps are taken to keep pedestrians, vehicles and the general public safe while the activity is taking place.


When is a permit typically required?

  • when construction companies, contractors or residents want to use a portion of the right-of-way or public lands for the temporary placement of containers, materials, and vehicles used in the construction process
  • for special events that require use of the sidewalk or right-of-way (i.e. sidewalk sales, charity events)

How to apply

In order to receive an Encroachment Permit, applicants must submit the following to Engineering Services:

  • A completed Encroachment Permit application form
  • Liability Insurance Certificate of $2 Million minimum coverage naming the Town of Tillsonburg as additional insured
  • WSIB Clearance Certificate
  • Sketch/drawing of the proposed encroachment
  • Traffic Control/Safety Plan

All Encroachment Permits are subject to standard conditions as well as any site-specific conditions that may apply.

An Encroachment Agreement is required if the proposed encroachment is to reoccur on an annual basis or is expected to be in place for longer than one (1) year. For further information on Encroachment Agreements, including applicable fees, please call the Customer Service Centre at 519-688-3009.

 Building/Demolition Permit
 A Building/Demolition Permit Application can be obtained online, or at the Tillsonburg Customer Service Centre
 Minor Variance Application

County planning staff are at the Customer Service Centre on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) to discuss your project.

Planning staff can provide professional advice and recommendations for your minor variance application.

 Zone Change Application

County planning staff are at the Customer Service Centre on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) to discuss your project.

Planning staff can provide professional advice and recommendations for your zone change application.
 Site Plan Approval Application

The purpose of the Site Plan Control approval process is to:

  • Ensure development enhances and is compatible with the surrounding area in terms of character, use and scale;
  • Present a favourable image of the Town to visitors, potential investors and residents;
  • Contribute to a safe, functional and visually attractive built environment for all users;
  • Ensure the development is compatible with the natural environment of both the surrounding area and downstream areas; and
  • Ensure that the Towns technical requirements (Engineering, Planning, Recreation, Fire, Building, Public Works) are satisfied.

Applicants are encouraged to review the Site Plan Approval Guidelines prior to submitting a Site Plan Application Form. If you require further assistance please contact the Customer Service Centre.

 Cat & Dog Licences
 The Animal Control Bylaw requires that all dogs and cats in Tillsonburg be licenced annually. Licences can be purchased online or at the following:



Tillsonburg Customer Service Centre
10 Lisgar Ave.

Monday - Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Family Pet Centre
107 Concession St. E.

Monday - Friday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM

9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

589 Broadway

Monday - Friday
9:30 AM - 8:00 PM

9:30 AM - 5:00 PM

10:00 - 4:00 PM

 Sign Permits

Signage and other forms of outdoor advertising are important to the success of many businesses. Building and By-law Services uses a permit process to make sure signs in Tillsonburg:

  • are the appropriate size
  • are put in proper locations
  • are built and installed correctly so they aren't dangerous to the public
  • don't negatively impact neighbouring properties

Sign regulations

By-law 3798 regulates signs, advertising devices and the posting of notices in Tillsonburg.

The application process for sign permits varies depending on whether a sign is temporary or permanent.


Sign Variance

Sign variance application for a Minor or Major Variance to the Sign By-Law.

 Building Certificate
  A Building Certificate can be obtained online & can be submitted by email or mailed to the Customer Service Centre at 10 Lisgar Avenue.
 Zoning Certificate
  A Zoning Certificate can be obtained online & can be submitted by email or mailed to the Customer Service Centre at 10 Lisgar Avenue.