There are four Muskoka Lakes Towns and Townships that govern different areas of the three big lakes. Lake Muskoka, Lake Rosseau and Lake Joseph. Although the Building Bylaws are similar in nature, there are significant differences.
The District of Muskoka
This is the uppermost governing body in the region and its offices are located in Bracebridge.
Address: 70 Pine Street, Bracebridge
Website: District of Muskoka website
The Township of Muskoka Lakes
The largest area of the three big lakes is in this Township.
Address: 1 Bailey Street, Port Carling, P0B1J0
Website: Township of Muskoka Lakes Website
The Town of Gravenhurst
The southernmost Town on the Muskoka Lakes system.
Address: 3-5 Pineridge Gate, Gravenhurst, P1P 1Z3
Website: Town of Gravenhurst website
The Town of Bracebridge
Includes a large swath of the eastern part of mid-Lake Muskoka
Address: 1000 Taylor Court, Bracebridge, ON P1L 1R6
Website: Bracebridge Website
Has jurisdiction over the most northern parts of Lake Rosseau & Lake Joseph.
Address: 5 Humphrey Drive, Seguin
Website: Seguin Township website
There are many similarities between each jurisdictions rules but also some big differences largely in what you are allowed at the shoreline. Never start a building project without checking the bylaws and getting a Building Permit. Don’t forget to get the Final Permit upon completion.