FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Tax Department

Changing your address?
No farm assessments on your property, but you qualify for farm assessment? 
When are your taxes due? 
How does ownership information get changed after purchasing property within the Township?
Can I pay my taxes through internet banking?
Appealing your property assessment?
 


Planning Department

Who do I contact if I want to sever my property?
How do I re-zone my property?
How do I find out what uses are permitted on my land?

 


Lottery

How Is eligibility determined?
What is needed to determine eligibility?
What is the cost?
How long before the license is issued?
Can terms and conditions be imposed on a license; if so, by who?
Can the licensing authorities require licensees to provide security for ensuring that payment of all proposed prizes is guaranteed?
What happens if a prize is not claimed by a winner within a reasonable time?
When will the Registrar or municipal council suspend, cancel or refuse to issue a license?
 


Public Works

Who removes dead animals from the roadways?
Who looks after waste and recycling collection?
Where is the landfill site and what are the hours?
Who do I contact if my garbage or recycling was not picked up?
My road was not plowed, who do I call?
Who looks after trees along the road allowance?
How do I report litter or illegal dumping?
 


Building Department

How do I know if my well water is safe to drink?
When do I need a Building permit?
What does a building permit cost?
How long does it take to obtain a building permit?
When do I need an inspection for my building project? 
 

 

Tax Department - FAQ

Changing your Address?

Fill out the form on the webpage and email, mail or fax to the Township Office: Attention Linda Van Alstine or Janet George.

No farm assessments on your property, but you qualify for farm assessment?

Contact the Ministry of Agriculture at 1-877-424-1300 to obtain the proper forms to fill out to apply for farm assessment.

When are your taxes due?

Usually taxes are due in four installments:
February 28, April 30, July 31 and September 30,. If these days fall on a normal working day. If not, it will be the day before.

How does ownership information get changed after purchasing property within the Township? 

Have your solicitor email; fax or mail a transfer of the property deeds to The Township Office and the Assessment office in Brockville at the following address:

MPAC PO Box 280
Unit A, 108 Waltham Rd.
Brockville, ON
K6V 5V5

Can I pay my taxes through internet banking?

To pay through internet banking, you have to use your roll number as your account. You can only use 15 digits, e.g., 919000 00000 0000. You would log onto your bank site and query Township of Drummond or Town of Drummond, it all depends how each bank sets up the payee. If you have any further questions please call the Township office and ask for Linda Van Alstine or Janet George.

You can set up preauthorized payments.  Print the form from our webpage.

Fill out the form recording your Roll number. Attach a copy of a voided cheque and mail to the Township Office. We must receive the information before the 8thof the month as the payments are submitted to the bank on the 10thof the month and released on the 15th. Normally the preauthorized monthly plan starts in November of each year based on 11 payments. You may still get on the plan later in the year but your monthly  payments will be higher. The Installment preauthorized payment plan is also available; please submit the same form with your banking information. Payments are  made in four installments which are the tax due dates on your tax bill. Please contact the office if you have any questions on how to fill out these forms.

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Appealing your property assessment?

Contact the Brockville Assessment office for the proper forms or access their webpage at www.mpac.on.ca.

Your tax bill is calculated using the following formula:
Assessment x tax rate = tax bill

Note: For permanent and seasonal dwellings, add $190.00 for garbage and recycling pick-up. The garbage and recycling pickup charge is included in the final tax billing

If you have any questions about your property taxes please contact:
Linda Van Alstine, Treasurer.
By either: email, fax, or mail.

 

Planning Department FAQ

Who do I contact if I want to sever my property?

The Lanark County Land Division Committee is the formal approval authority for processing land severances, but before applying to the County, property owners are advised to consult with the Township’s Planner to verify that a severance is possible on your property.

How do I re-zone my property?

If you want to change the use of your property, you should contact the Township’s Planner to determine if a rezoning is necessary. If it is, you will need to apply to the Township and there is a formal process where your neighbors are advised and outside government agencies are notified.  For it to be approved, the proposed rezoning must be compatible with surrounding land uses and meet the intent of the Township’s guiding planning document, the Official Plan.  There is a public hearing for all rezoning applications and the Township Council decides whether the application will be approved or denied.

How do I find out what uses are permitted on my land?

Land use planning questions should be directed to the Township Planner who will tell you what zone your property is located in and what land uses are permitted in that zone.

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Lottery FAQ

How Is eligibility determined?

Policies and procedures that a licensing official must follow to determine eligibility:

  • Whether an organization is eligible to receive a lottery license,
  • Whether an organization’s proposed use of lottery proceeds is eligible.
  • Whether an organization is eligible to receive a lottery license,
  • Whether an organization’s proposed use of lottery proceeds is eligible.

To be eligible to receive a lottery license, an organization must first have charitable purposes and objects that fall within one of the four classifications of charitability.
a) The Relief of Poverty
b) The Advancement of Education
c) The Advancement of Religion
d) Other Charitable Purposes Beneficial to the Community, not falling under a) b) or c)

An organization must also demonstrate that for a minimum of one year it has carried out charitable activities that provide a direct benefit to Ontario residents, which are consistent with their mandate.

What is needed to determine eligibility?

When an organization applies for a lottery license, the following documents or information are required so that eligibility can be reviewed:

  • Incorporation Papers (Letters Patent),
  • Constitution and By-Laws,
  • Notification of Charitable Registration (Canada Customs and Revenue Agency) (if applicable),
  • The most recent Registered Charity Information Return & Public Information Return, as submitted to Customs and Revenue Agency (if applicable),
  • Financial Statement for Previous Fiscal Year (audited, where applicable),
  • Detailed outline of all programs/services provided in the previous year and specific costs incurred in delivery,
  • Detailed outline of all programs/service currently provided and specific costs incurred in delivery,
  • The current operating budget,
  • Current Listing of the Board of Directors,
  • Any other information that will assist in determining the charitable nature of the objects and purposes. This could include an annual report, correspondence relating to its charitable number for income-tax purposes, and confirmation that it meets the reporting requirements of the Charities Accounting Act.

The proposed use of proceeds, which must be consistent with the primary objects and purposes of the organization and of a charitable nature consistent with at least one of the four classifications of charitable purposes.

 

What is the cost?

3% of total prize amount/value

How long before the license is issued?

The Township office requires all lottery applications to be submitted a minimum of 30 days prior to your organizations event.

Can terms and conditions be imposed on a license; if so, by who?

Yes. The Registrar may attach terms and conditions to any license, and a municipal council may attach terms and conditions to a license issued by the municipal council.

Can the licensing authorities require licensees to provide security for ensuring that payment of all proposed prizes is guaranteed?

Yes.

What happens if a prize is not claimed by a winner within a reasonable time?

The licensee must hold the unclaimed prize in trust for a period not less than twelve (12) months from the date the prize was to be awarded. At the end of the twelve-month period, if prizes are still unclaimed, the total amount of the prize held in trust, including interest, shall be included by the licensee in the net proceeds from the lottery event subject to the approval of the licensing authority.

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When will the Registrar or municipal council suspend, cancel or refuse to issue a license?

The Registrar or municipal council may suspend, cancel or refuse to issue a license where:
There has been a breach of any term or condition of the license;
There are reasonable grounds to believe that the licensee will not conduct and manage the lottery scheme in accordance with the law or with honesty and integrity;
It is in the public interest to do so; or
A licensee fails to submit the financial reports relating to the conduct of any lottery event which may be or may have been required as a term or condition of a license.
The Registrar or a municipal council may also refuse to issue a license where it is in the best interest of the community. In determining what is in the best interests of the community, the Registrar or municipal council may take into account such factors as the number of licenses issued and the playing locations already in existence.

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Public Works

Who removes dead animals from the roadways?

The Township Roads Department removes dead animals from all Township roads. If reporting a dead animal on a Township road please call 613-267-6500. Dead animals on a County Roads will be picked up by the County Roads Department. Contact No. 613-267-1353.

Who looks after waste and recycling collection?

Currently, waste  and recycling is collected by GIM Environmental 613-283-5230.

Where is the Landfill Site and what are the hours?
The Landfill is located at 745 Code Road.

The hours of operation are as follows.
Winter: First of November to End of April (actual dates vary from year to year)
Monday, Tuesday & Friday - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturdays - 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Summer: First of May to End of October (actual dates vary from year to year)
Monday, Tuesday & Friday - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturdays - 9 a.m.to 3p.m.

Who do I contact if my garbage or recycling was not picked up?

Currently, waste  and recycling is collected by GIM Environmental 613-283-5230.

If the company is unavailable, contact the Municipal office at 613-267-6500

My road was not plowed, who do I call?

Contact the Municipal office at 613-267-6500

Who looks after trees along the road allowance?

The Roads Department looks after trees and brush within the road allowances, please call 613-267-6500. If the trees are close to or in contact with power lines or communication lines, it is the responsibility of that utility company to address any problems.

How do I report litter or illegal dumping?

Contact the Municipal office at 613-267-6500

How do I know if my well water is safe to drink?

Each individual well owner is responsible for making sure that the water from a well is safe to drink. Regular testing should occur a minimum of three times every year with additional testing being completed should any concern arise.  Owner’s may take water samples to private labs for testing or request the Health Unit to perform a bacteriological analysis for coliform and E. coli. Sample bottles may be picked up at the local Health Unit office in Smiths Falls located at 25 Johnston Street. The phone number for the Health Unit is 613-283-2740.  Sample bottles are often available at the Township office’s in Port Elmsley but please call ahead to confirm availability.

Should test results come back with contamination well owners may wish to contact the group known as REAL (Rideau Environment Action League).  This local based organization has a program known as Well Aware which can assist in determining problems and concerns regarding the maintenance and location of existing well or advice on location of new wells.  The REAL organization can be reached at www.realaction.ca or 613-283-9500.

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Building Department FAQ

When do I need a building permit?

An owner or contractor is required to obtain a building permit when the following situations occur.
A)  A new building/structure is being constructed which has either walls, floors, or a roof and occupies more than 10 square meters or about 108 square feet.
B)  A new alteration/addition is occurring which will increase the length, width or height of an existing building/structure regardless of the size of the addition. Adding or altering 1 square foot still needs a building permit.
C)  Anytime plumbing is added or relocated within either a new or existing building/structure.
D)  Any renovation or repair to an existing building/structure which is greater than 10 square meters or 108 square feet in which the structural, health, safety or fire protection of the building/structure is affected.
Should you not be sure call the office and the project can be discussed to determine if a permit is required.

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What does a building permit cost?

The permit cost is determined by the size scope and use of the building/structure. Residential construction costs can be found with the building permit applications section of the website.

How long does it take to obtain a building permit?

After receiving a complete application, as per regulations in Ontario, the maximum number of days the building department has to issue or refuse a building permit is 10 days for residential construction with additional days for more complex buildings/structures.  This department must notify any applicants within 48 hours of receiving an application whether it is a complete application.  Some municipalities will not work on any application that is not complete, however in Drummond/North Elmsley these applications are accepted and the review process is started in the anticipation that once the application is complete; permit may be issued faster than the 10 days allowed.

When do I need an inspection for my building project?

Each project is unique and the number of inspections that are needed will vary but the best rule of thumb an owner or contractor can follow is the following.  Inspections should be called for prior to any element of the building/structure being covered up and create difficulty in being observed and as each system of a building/structure is completed another inspection should be arranged.

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