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Municipal HallBylaws & Bylaw Enforcement

If you are concerned about our bylaws or want to report a bylaw infraction you have witnessed – please submit through our Bylaw Complaint Form below.

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Bylaws are local regulatory laws that keep our city safe and moving. A bylaw is no different from any other law. It is enforceable with penalties, challengeable in court, and must comply with all other British Columbia and Canada laws.

Bylaws are created and maintained through provincial legislation — such as the Community Charter and Local Government Act — which specify which bylaws a municipality can create. The council establishes bylaws according to the district’s needs to regulate, prohibit or impose requirements. The District of Vanderhoof’s bylaws is maintained by the Corporate Services office.

To inquire about specific bylaws, phone us at 250-567-4711 or e-mail the Corporate Officer at corporate@district.vanderhoof.ca.

Current Bylaws

Disclaimer: We make every effort to ensure that the bylaws on this website are accurate and contain the latest amendments; however, The District of Vanderhoof cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information provided. We are in the process of adding all current bylaws onto our Civicweb, please be patient and check back as there will be more added. If you are looking for a specific bylaw and do not see it, please contact our Deputy Corporate Officer.

Zoning Bylaw

The Zoning Bylaw governs land use and the form, siting, height, and density of all development within the District’s boundaries to provide for the orderly development of the community and to avoid conflicts between incompatible uses.

The Zoning Bylaw is a “rule book” that controls land use and development. It regulates exactly how land may be used, where buildings and other structures can be located, the types of buildings that are permitted, lot sizes and dimensions, parking requirements, building heights and setbacks from the street. The Zoning Bylaw is a major implementation tool of the Official Community Plan.

The Bylaw divides the District into residential, commercial, agricultural, institutional, industrial and other zones. Each of these zones has its own specific regulations.

Zoning Bylaw

Schedule 1: Zoning Map
Schedule 2: Hazard Development Permit Area

Bylaw Enforcement

Bylaw Enforcement responds to complaints from the public and other government agencies, and identifies property use issues but does not respond to civil issues. Information regarding the complainant is kept confidential unless the complaint ends up in the court system.

What the Bylaw Enforcement department does:

  • Serve the needs of the community on a complaint-only basis
  • Investigates bylaw complaints
  • Enforces bylaw regulations and standards
  • Achieves resolutions to bylaw infractions through voluntary compliance or enforcement

Bylaw Enforcement Officers enforce bylaws to deal with common complaints such as:

  • Traffic Enforcement
  • Parking
  • Unsightly Premises
  • Garbage Cart Offenses
  • Sidewalk Snow Removal
  • Noise
  • Zoning

Animal Control

In 2018, Council adopted the new Animal Control Bylaw, which contains important provisions for animal welfare, control, licensing, duties of Vanderhoof animal owners, penalties, and enforcement. Review the bylaw:
Animal Control Bylaw

Animal control in Vanderhoof is handled on a complaint only basis. To report an animal control bylaw infraction you have witnessed, please contact our Animal Control Officer.

Animal Control: 250 – 567 – 0232




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