Bylaws

Gas-powered leaf blower use could become a thing of the past in the city of Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)

Muffling Victoria’s heavy noise emitters could put gas-powered leaf blowers on shelf

First review of city’s noise bylaw since 2003 aims to address most complained about noise sources

 

With few changes in almost two decades, Victoria’s noise bylaw has become hard to enforce as the city faces a rising number of complaints. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria councillors to get an earful on outdated, ineffective noise bylaw

Hospitality venues, construction, garbage collection among the most common complaint sources

 

Allan Chapman holds a decibel reader application up to the shared fence on his property where a neighbouring heat pump is immediately behind it. The 54.5-decibel reading is above Saanich bylaw limits, and hovers around this number day and night, said Chapman. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Saanich resident questions bylaw governing heat pump noise

Cadboro Bay man says noise from neighbour’s heat pump causing a disturbance

 

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Bear deaths in Tofino-Ucluelet area draw concern from throughout province

District offices in Tofino and Ucluelet working on new wildlife attractant bylaws

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Surrey wedding, complete with full-sized ferris wheel, kept a lot of residents up last night. (Facebook image)

Raucous ferris-wheel wedding awakens residents’ ire in Surrey

RCMP says city bylaws officers will be paying newlyweds a visit today

Surrey wedding, complete with full-sized ferris wheel, kept a lot of residents up last night. (Facebook image)
The University Heights redevelopment project is moving forward again, as Saanich council voted to send an amended proposal to public hearing. (Photo courtesy Wesbild Holdings Ltd.)

Split vote by Saanich council sends amended plan for University Heights to public hearing

Responsibility for underground hydro lines a key focus at special council meeting

The University Heights redevelopment project is moving forward again, as Saanich council voted to send an amended proposal to public hearing. (Photo courtesy Wesbild Holdings Ltd.)
Cats in Nanaimo that want to go outdoors will have to be sterilized and bear identification under the animal responsibility bylaw adopted by city council Tuesday, Sept. 21. (News Bulletin file photo)

Nanaimo’s ‘cat control’ animal responsibility bylaw now official

Outdoor cats can’t be at large on other people’s properties, but enforcement will be complaint-based

Cats in Nanaimo that want to go outdoors will have to be sterilized and bear identification under the animal responsibility bylaw adopted by city council Tuesday, Sept. 21. (News Bulletin file photo)
Fanny Bay residents conducted a neighbourhood meeting in 2020 to discuss problem properties owned by Amandio Santos. File photo supplied

Notorious Vancouver Island landlord pleads to numerous bylaw infractions at ‘problem’ properties

Penalties for Amandio Santos, River Dam Holdings include $35,000 in fines plus legal fees

Fanny Bay residents conducted a neighbourhood meeting in 2020 to discuss problem properties owned by Amandio Santos. File photo supplied
Eli Gagne holds up his phone with a photo of his miniature pot-bellied pig Hamson who had to be re-homed recently as Fraser Valley Regional District bylaws do not permit livestock as pets within a residence or on real property. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

‘Like having a small child’: Illegal pet pig in Chilliwack dies hours after being re-homed

Owner aims to change bylaw following death of miniature pot-bellied pig Hamson

Eli Gagne holds up his phone with a photo of his miniature pot-bellied pig Hamson who had to be re-homed recently as Fraser Valley Regional District bylaws do not permit livestock as pets within a residence or on real property. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
A Victoria councillor wants the city to look into keeping pandemic-erected restaurant patios around indefinitely in some neighbourhoods. (Black Press Media File Photo)

Victoria councillor’s motion wants city to explore making some street patios permanent

A group of restaurants requested using a Fernwood block as a pilot program

A Victoria councillor wants the city to look into keeping pandemic-erected restaurant patios around indefinitely in some neighbourhoods. (Black Press Media File Photo)
Esquimalt council voted unanimously June 28 to have staff produce a report on possible residential fencing options to keep deer out of people’s yards. (Black Press Media file photo)

Esquimalt may allow higher fences to restrain hungry deer

Council asked staff to look into the options and report back later this summer

Esquimalt council voted unanimously June 28 to have staff produce a report on possible residential fencing options to keep deer out of people’s yards. (Black Press Media file photo)
The District of Saanich is moving ahead with plans to ban plastic bags. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich will soon say goodbye to single-use plastic bags

Checkout bag regulation bylaw coming into effect later this summer

The District of Saanich is moving ahead with plans to ban plastic bags. (Black Press Media file photo)
Teale Phelps Bondaroff extensively researched and then began a petition aiming to permanently ban gas-powered leaf blowers in Saanich. Having gathered 544 signatures, he was part of a productive discussion at the May 31 council meeting. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Leaf blower ban petition attracts 544 signatures, sparks discussion by Saanich council

Mayor wants staff to look into noise, enviromental impacts of all of the district’s equipment

Teale Phelps Bondaroff extensively researched and then began a petition aiming to permanently ban gas-powered leaf blowers in Saanich. Having gathered 544 signatures, he was part of a productive discussion at the May 31 council meeting. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Greater Victoria drivers can have their vehicle exhaust noise levels measured for free by police on June 3 in the Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre parking lot. (Black Press Media file photo)

Noisy vehicles can warrant a ticket, Victoria police warn

VicPD running free vehicle noise check on June 3 ahead of issuing further tickets

Greater Victoria drivers can have their vehicle exhaust noise levels measured for free by police on June 3 in the Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre parking lot. (Black Press Media file photo)
Portable appliances, like this one perched between Tofino mayor Dan Law and David Schmidt, are now mandatory for anyone wanting to have a beach fire in Tofino. (Photo courtesy of Dan Law)

Bonfires out, but machine-powered beach fires still OK in Tofino

Vancouver Island’s best-known beach community limits on public beaches to appliance fires only

Portable appliances, like this one perched between Tofino mayor Dan Law and David Schmidt, are now mandatory for anyone wanting to have a beach fire in Tofino. (Photo courtesy of Dan Law)
Leon the squirrel gets a fancy snack of almonds and sunflower seeds from a well-meaning local, who really should be leaving Leon to his own foraging devices. (Submitted)

Squirrels don’t need your nuts, thanks

Consider birding instead of wildlife feeding, SPCA suggests

Leon the squirrel gets a fancy snack of almonds and sunflower seeds from a well-meaning local, who really should be leaving Leon to his own foraging devices. (Submitted)
Colwood restaurants can use city property for patios. (Black Press Media file photo)

Temporary patios back on for Colwood restaurants

Council voted to extend temporary permits to 2022

Colwood restaurants can use city property for patios. (Black Press Media file photo)
Pat Kauwell, a semi-retired construction manager, lives in his fifth-wheel trailer on Maxey Road because that’s what he can afford on his pension, but a Regional District of Nanaimo bylaw prohibits using RVs as permanent dwellings, leaving Kauwell and others like him with few affordable housing options. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Rules against RV living hard on Island residents caught in housing crunch

Regional District of Nanaimo bylaw forcing pensioner to move RV he calls home off private farm land

Pat Kauwell, a semi-retired construction manager, lives in his fifth-wheel trailer on Maxey Road because that’s what he can afford on his pension, but a Regional District of Nanaimo bylaw prohibits using RVs as permanent dwellings, leaving Kauwell and others like him with few affordable housing options. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
A hand-painted roadside sign points to a farmstand. The District of Sooke’s proposed business bylaw is “confusing and ambiguous” when it comes to farmstands, according to a local farmer. (Lauren Krohn - Metro Creative)

Farmstand operator scrutinizes Sooke’s proposed business licence bylaw

Bylaw makes it difficult for local farmers to compete with businesses outside Sooke

A hand-painted roadside sign points to a farmstand. The District of Sooke’s proposed business bylaw is “confusing and ambiguous” when it comes to farmstands, according to a local farmer. (Lauren Krohn - Metro Creative)
Excavation on a residential lot in Oak Bay has neighbours concerned about the stability of the hillside.

Cliff excavation worries neighbours in Oak Bay

Sunny Lane residents riled by differing bylaw rules

Excavation on a residential lot in Oak Bay has neighbours concerned about the stability of the hillside.