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Municipal Law

Introduction to Municipal Bylaws

Municipal bylaws are a type of subordinate legislation enacted by local governments in accordance with the authority delegated local governments under provincial statues (such as the Community Charter or Local Government Act).

Unlike other types of subordinate legislation municipal bylaws in BC do not need to be registered with the Registrar of Regulations and are not published in the British Columbia Gazette. As a result, researching bylaws can be very difficult. A good starting point for researching bylaws is the local government`s website. Be aware that most local governments only post the most frequently requested bylaws online. You may have to contact the local government's Legislative Services department or City Clerk's Office to obtain a copy of the latest version of a bylaw or an unlisted bylaw.

The Law Library holds a print collection of Victoria's bylaws (1901 - 1987) shelved on the main floor (Row 5). 

Municipal Bylaws

Below is a select list of local government bylaw webpages. For links to the bylaw pages of other local governments in BC use the Union of BC Municipalities website.

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