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New to Essex

Sold signWelcome to Essex! As you settle into your new home, you will probably have lots of questions. The following information may help to make the transition a bit smoother.


Before you build a shed, pool or deck, you may need a building permit. Contact the Town's Building Department at 519-776-6476 to find out more.


To contact the Mayor or a member of Town Council, visit our Mayor and Council page for more information.

Garbage and recycling

The Essex-Windsor Solid Waste Authority produces the Recycling, Garbage and Yard Waste Collection Calendar for the Town of Essex. The current calendar is available in print at Town Hall or online at ewswa.org.

Gas hook-up

Contact Union Gas at 1-888-774-3111.


Hydro is provided to your home by one of two companies: ELK Energy at 519-776-5291 or Hydro One at 1-800-434-1235. Several commercial retailers also sell electricity and natural gas by contract in our region.

Internet, cable and phone

Bell, Cogeco, and a number of other companies offer various communication services throughout the Town of Essex. Where you live will determine which services are available to you.


The Town's Animal Control By-law requires all dogs to be registered and licensed. Registering your dog demonstrates responsible pet ownership and helps with the identification and safe return of your pet if it is found running at large. Dog tags are obtained at Town Hall. Visit our Animal Control Services page to find out more.

Property taxes

Property tax notices are issued twice a year. For your convenience, the Town offers a pre-authorized payment program. To find out more, visit our Property Taxes and Assessment page.


Contact the Greater Essex County District School Board (public) at 519-255-3200 or the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board at 519-253-2481.

For Catholic education in French, contact Conseil scolaire de district des écoles catholiques du Sud-Ouest (French Catholic) at 519-948-9227.

Snow removal

The Town of Essex conducts winter maintenance on over 602 kilometres of urban and rural roads. To find out more, visit our Snow Removal page.