The Municipal Act grants Council the power to pass By-laws.

By-laws are created as a way to address local issues and concerns. They are adopted to protect the environment, public health and safety or to maintain an orderly appearance within the Municipality.

Frequently Requested By-laws

Short-term rentals

Short-term accommodations are not an officially approved residential use within the Municipality of Highlands East. While we do not currently regulate or enforce by-laws pertaining to short-term rentals/accommodations, this is subject to change as the County of Haliburton is currently undertaking a review of this topic on behalf of all municipalities in the county.

Administration and Finance


By-law Enforcement



Garbage and Recycling

Parks and Property


The Zoning By-law PDF linked above is being provided as-is and has not been remediated for accessibility under the AODA. This decision was made in good faith due to the high costs involved that rendered the remediation of this document not practicable as outlined in Subsection 14(6) of O.Reg. 191/11. If you require assistance in accessing this document please contact us and we will make every effort to assist you.


Water and Wastewater