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Bylaw Enforcement

The Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District (ACRD) has regulatory bylaws covering land use, noise, building, soil removal and unsightly premises. The ACRD policy is to respond to written public complaints. Inquiries regarding bylaw enforcement can be made by contacting the Bylaw Enforcement Officer by phone at 250-720-2700 or by email at bylaw@acrd.bc.ca

Who Regulates Noise Problems?

Municipal Councils and Regional Districts have authority to regulate and prohibit excessive noise. The City of Port Alberni, District of Ucluelet, District of Tofino, Sproat Lake Electoral Area, Beaver Creek Electoral Area and Cherry Creek Electoral Area have noise control bylaws. Please contact the applicable local government for enforcement procedures or to file a complaint. If you are within the Sproat Lake, Beaver Creek or Cherry Creek Electoral Area, the appropriate bylaws can be found here: www.ACRD.bc.ca/Bylaws

Who Regulates Animal Control?

The ACRD has limited animal control regulations. If you wish to keep animals off your property, YOU must build a fence to keep them out. Please refer to this document for further information: Keeping of Animals brochure in pdf

Who has Jurisdiction over Drainage Problems?

In many instances, drainage problems crop up due to change in run-off patterns resulting from new roads, ditching, land clearing and the like. Your first inquiry should be at the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, if you think their drainage system is causing the problem. Other than that, in most cases, if it's a neighbour who is causing the problem, it comes down to an issue that must be resolved between you and your neighbour.

Bylaw Enforcement Notices & Adjudication

Under the Local Government Bylaw Enforcement Act, local governments may establish a bylaw notice adjudication system. The ACRD has implemented a Bylaw Adjudication System, which allows the ACRD to resolve minor bylaw disputes at the local level rather than through the Provincial Court System. The ACRD Regional Board adopted the Bylaw Notice Enforcement Bylaw on June 10, 2020.

What is adjudication?

The adjudication system allows the ACRD to manage bylaw disputes at a local government level rather than through the Provincial Court System. Notices can be disputed out of court with a private adjudicator appointed by the Provincial Attorney General's Office.

Why is adjudication used?

  • Simplifies the dispute process
  • More convenient for disputants, as physical attendance at adjudication is not mandatory
  • Removes minor bylaw violations from the Provincial court system
  • Reduces dispute time
  • Reduces need to employ lawyers to take a case to court
  • More cost effective and efficient system
  • Helps ensure bylaw compliance

How to dispute a Bylaw Notice?

A separate application must be submitted for each disputed ticket.

Paper:
Fill in the adjudication request on the back of the ticket, and mail or bring it to the ACRD office at 3008 Fifth Avenue, Port Alberni, BC V9Y 2E3, within 14 days of the issue date if you wish to dispute.

Online:
Requests to dispute a Bylaw Notice may be submitted by email to bylaw@acrd.bc.ca

Please include:

  • Bylaw Notice Number
  • Date of issue
  • Your name and address
  • Your email
  • Your phone number

After the adjudication request is filed and reviewed, a Screening Officer will contact you.

A $25 fee is added to the penalty if an adjudicator finds the contravention did occur and the option to pay the discounted penalty is no longer available.

Adjudication requests must be received within 14 days of the issue date (21 days if the Bylaw Notice was mailed to you), or the opportunity to dispute the ticket will be denied.

What happens when you dispute your ticket?
  1. Screening Officer review:
    After submitting an application to dispute your ticket, a Screening Officer will contact you to review the details of your dispute. The Screening Officer will either confirm or dismiss the ticket, based on the screening policy.
  2. Adjudication hearing is set
    After the Screening Officer review, you may choose to go forward to adjudication. If you choose to do so, you will be contacted by a dispute coordinator to set the date of the adjudication hearing. You have the option of participating in the hearing in person, by phone, or in writing.
  3. Evidence:
    An evidence package that includes all of the evidence presented at the hearing will be sent to you 14 days prior to the hearing.
  4. Adjudication hearing:
    An independent adjudicator will determine if the bylaw infraction did or did not occur at the hearing. If the adjudicator determines that the infraction occurred, you will need to pay the full amount of the ticket, plus the $25 adjudication fee. If the adjudicator determines that the violation did not occur, you will not have to pay the fine nor adjudication fee.
  5. Hearing:
    A dispute adjudication must be open to the public. If a person who has requested dispute adjudication fails to appear, the adjudicator must order that the penalty set out in the bylaw notice is immediately due and payable by the person to the local government indicated on the bylaw notice (as per the Local Government Bylaw Notice Enforcement Act).
Contact Us

For additional information or if you have any questions, please contact us:

Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District
Bylaw Enforcement
250-720-2700
bylaw@acrd.bc.ca