Services
Development / Bylaw Compliance

The Bylaw Enforcement Officer investigates complaints and works to obtain compliance with the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George regulation bylaws.

  • Zoning and land use
  • Building regulations
  • Untidy and unsightly premises
  • Hazard conditions

If you would like to register a complaint please either:

  1. Phone the Regional District Office or
  2. Complete the printable Complaint Form and submit it to the Regional District office or
  3. Complete the Online Complaint Form.

The Bylaw Enforcement Officer is primarily responsible for processing, investigating and resolving contraventions of the Regional District of Fraser Fort George's Bylaws.  This enforcement service extends throughout the Regional District.

Where bylaw-related concerns or problems arise, the Regional District encourages residents, where appropriate, to discuss and attempt to resolve the issues amicably.  If resolution is not possible, or circumstances do not allow for a solution, then a complaint should be brought forward in writing to the Bylaw Enforcement Officer.

The Bylaw Enforcement Officer will investigate the complaint and determine whether it is actually a contravention of the applicable bylaw. Assuming it is determined that there is a contravention, the Bylaw Enforcement Officer will  bring the complaint to the attention of the property owner(s) in writing, giving the owner(s) a reasonable amount of time to resolve the issue. In the majority of cases, the Bylaw Enforcement Officer is able to bring about a resolution. However, there are circumstances when a resolution can only be obtained through legal process. The enforcement of local government bylaws through the legal process can be very time-consuming and costly, thus every effort is made to resolve the issues directly with the offending party.

Once a complaint is received in writing, and an investigation reveals a contravention, the contravening matter will be brought into compliance, either directly or, if necessary, through legal process.

Your personal information is protected and will not be released to anyone (including the person who is the subject of the complaint) unless it is required or authorized by law. If an investigation results in legal proceedings, the Regional District may be required to disclose your information as part of the legal proceedings.

 

Bylaw Compliance FAQ's

Bylaw Services cannot investigate anonymous complaints. Your contact information is required to enable us to keep you advised of the course of the investigation and to contact you to obtain more information if necessary. The Bylaw Complaint Form can be completed online and forwarded to Bylaw Services.

Yes, your personal information is protected and will not be released to anyone (including the person who is the subject of the complaint) unless it is required or authorized by law. If an investigation results in Court proceedings, the Regional District may be required to disclose your information as part of the Court process.

If it becomes necessary to prosecute someone for a bylaw offence or for the Regional District to take civil proceedings then it may be necessary for you to present evidence in court.

You will be contacted by a Bylaw Enforcement Officer to obtain further information and kept advised of the outcome of the investigation.

The Regional District does not have any animal control bylaws, which means that we don’t have the authority to deal with animal complaints, including but not limited to barking and noisy dogs, loose and unleashed dogs, neglected or stray dogs, injured dogs, impounded dogs, attacking or aggressive dogs, and dogs kept outside without appropriate shelter.

The BCSPCA can be reached at 1-855-622-7722 for animals in distress or cruelty concerns.

The Livestock Act only deals with dog attacks on livestock. The dog can be destroyed, but has to be caught in the act. Contact phone #: 1-888-823-3355.

Conservation deals with dogs chasing wildlife. Call the RRAP line 1-877-952-7277

As mentioned elsewhere, the Regional District does not have an animal control bylaw or animal control service, so it cannot investigate or respond to complaints about dog attacks or aggressive or dangerous dogs.  However, the police have authority under provincial legislation to take enforcement action if they determine a dog meets the definition of “dangerous dog” found in the law.

If there is a dog attack in progress please report this by telephoning 911 and asking for the police.  In other cases, where there is no immediate danger but you are concerned a dog is dangerous, please telephone the local police on their non-emergency line at 250-561-3300.

If a person, or the person's animal or property, is harmed by a dog, the Regional District has no legal authority to what that person may or may not be entitled to under the law.  For more information on whether compensation is owed, a person should consult a lawyer.

Building Permitting and Inspections Frequently Asked Questions are located on the Regional District website.

For further information, please contact the Building Inspection department at 250-960-4400 or at service@rdffg.bc.ca

The Regional District has developed an online mapping system that can help you find the zoning of a specific parcel. You can access the online mapping here.

Should you need further assistance in determining the zoning of a specific parcel contact the Planning department at 250-960-4400 or at developmentservices@rdffg.bc.ca

The Regional District regulates the condition of properties. Property owners or occupants must not allow their properties to become or remain unsightly due to the accumulation of derelict vehicles, filth, discarded materials, rubbish or graffiti. The Regional District does not regulate the overgrowth of vegetation or lawns.

Illegal dumping is purposefully leaving waste on private or public land rather than using legal disposal methods like recycling or landfilling.

When you witness an environmental violations call the Provincial Report All Poachers and Polluters (RAPP) line at 1-877-952-7277 to report illegal waste disposal anywhere in BC.

A Special Events Permit is required for any event, public show, exhibition, carnival, fair, concert or commercial performance which might reasonably be expected to have attendance of more than one thousand (1,000) people.

Special Events Permit application fee is $200 and must be submitted no less than 180 days prior to the proposed event taking place.