The By-law Enforcement Division is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the Region's By-Laws, Dangerous and Unsightly Premises under the Municipal Government Act and parking under the Motor Vehicle Act.  Our By-law Enforcement Office can be reached by calling our office during regular business hours at 902-798-8391, Option 7 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 After-Hours Service 

Special Constables employed with the West Hants Regional Municipality will not normally respond to after-hours calls or complaints unless the call involves an event which meets the description of an emergency or an event involving a dog as described below as a non-emergency. For an emergency call 911.

For further information on by-law services, please call during regular hours at 902-798-8391 Option 7.

Filing a Complaint

When filing a complaint it is important to include as much detail as possible along with the nature of the complaint. Including dates and times of the alleged infraction, where they took place, and the civic address (if known) of the person who has broken the by-law. You will also be required to provide your name and contact number when filing a complaint. Your contact information will never be disclosed without your permission. 

If there are concerns dealing with neglect, abuse or abandonment of animals contact the Nova Scotia SPCA at 1-888-703-7722.

Concerns regarding livestock (horses, cows, pigs, etc.) should be directed to the Department of Agriculture Farm Animal Health and Welfare at 902-896-2299.

Please contact a local animal welfare group if you have concerns regarding domestic animals such as cats, rabbits, birds, etc. 

Complaints can be filed by calling our office at 902-798-8391 Option 7 or by emailing our By-law Officers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or click on this link to file complaint online: Dangerous or Unsightly Complaint

Complaints received after hours are not generally responded to unless the call involves an event which meets the description of an emergency as seen here:  pdf ADBE-003.05 By-law Enforcement On Call Guidelines (94 KB)

Dog Control

The Dog By-Law is used to regulate dangerous, roaming and noisy dogs. There are two different by-laws for dog control currently used in the Region. One for those within the community of Windsor: Windsor Limits Dog By law and another for the remainder of the Region:  D-003 Dog By-law. Contact our office at 902-798-8391 Option 7 to issue a complaint. 

Dog License

We require that your dog be licensed every year. Having a tag on your dog’s collar will enable the By-law Enforcement Officers to quickly return your pet to you if he or she gets lost. A license is good for one year from April 01 to March 31. Licenses can be purchased from our Office (76 Morison Drive) during regular office hours or, complete this registration form:  pdf WHRM Dog Tag Registration Form (Fillable) (132 KB)  which you can mail in with your payment (in the form of a cheque) and the tags will be mailed to you. 

If a dog is found without a tag and we are unable to locate the owner, the dog is kept in a kennel for three days. If, after three days (excluding weekends and holidays), the owner is not found, the dog is given to the local SPCA and placed for adoption.

Lost Dogs

If your dog is lost, the following resources may be helpful for locating and reuniting with your pet:

Animal Control Officer- Telephone 902-798-8391

Local animal hospitals such as:

  • Saint Mary Animal Hospital - 902-472-3037
  • Avon Animal Hospital - 902-798-4633
  • Cornwallis Veterinarians Ltd.- 902-798-5502

Facebook - Nova Scotia Lost Dog Network