Bylaw Enforcement

Bylaw Enforcement

Bylaw enforcement exists to provide regulations and to facilitate and enforce bylaws that pertain to the health, well being, and structure of a community. Respecting the rights of our neighbours and ensuring that our property values are maintained is an important aspect of community living. At times, however, boundaries may be crossed and Bylaw Services Officers are given the task to investigate complaints received from the public about alleged violations of various municipal bylaws.

Our Bylaw Enforcement Officers receive complaints and investigate alleged violations of municipal regulations, including:

  • Property conditions (unsightly or dangerous conditions);
  • Business zoning;
  • Animal control and licensing; 
  • Compliance with the Provincial Motor Vehicle Act (parking beside a fire hydrant or parking on the wrong side of the road).

To ensure that Bylaw Enforcement is serving the needs of Oliver's residents, the majority of bylaws are investigated when the Town is made aware of a grievance.

How to Make a Complaint

To make a complaint, the following information is required:

  1. The name, address, and phone number of the complainant;
  2. Their relationship to the property or person(s) involved in the grievance;
  3. Location of the property and/or description of the issue.

The above information is required for the Town Bylaw Office to begin to investigate the complaint. The Bylaw Office retains the right to decide whether or not a grievance requires investigation.

Complainant information is considered as confidential and will not be released to the person whose property is under complaint. After a written complaint is submitted, the Bylaw Enforcement Officer may wish to call and confirm information, or ask further questions regarding the issue.

Complaints will be received during regular business hours at:

  • Online (Complaint Form)
  • By phone (250-485-6200) or fax (250-498-4466)
  • In person at the Town Office (Monday to Friday, 8:30 to 4:30, 6150 Main Street).

Noise Complaints

The Town of Oliver Good Neighbor Bylaw 1357 is a bylaw that regulates or prohibits making or causing noises or sounds that disturb the quiet, rest, peace, enjoyment or convenience of individuals or the public.  The most common complaints received include barking dogs, loud music, and noise caused by heavy machinery and construction activity.

Depending on the nature of the complaint, a Town representative may be dispatched to the scene of difficulty, or a letter may be sent to the individual or company that is alleged to be causing the noise, advising them of the complaint and requesting compliance. In order to ensure proper investigation and positive outcome please complete the Noise Log as part of your complaint. 

Noise Nuisance Log Sheet

Dog Licensing and Control

All dogs within the Town of Oliver must be licensed. The basic fee for an annual Town of Oliver dog license is $25.00 ($30.00 after the due date).  A dog license provides peace of mind that your dog can be returned to you if it is found. If your dog is picked up by the Bylaw Officer, having a license will reduce the first impoundment fee and will avoid costly ticket fines.

Licenses may be purchased at the Town hall. A maximum of two dogs may be licensed on any property within the Town of Oliver.

Dogs are not permitted to run at large. When in public areas, dogs must be on a leash at all times. Dog handlers must clean up after their pets and must be in possession of bags or a scoop for this purpose, whenever walking a dog off the owner's property. 

Municipal handling fees for dogs are defined in Bylaw 1224 and are listed below:

License Fee Annual   $25.00
after due date     $30.00
not spayed or neutered plus   $20.00
declared aggressive plus   $50.00
       
Lost License     $5.00
Impound   First $50.00
    Second $100.00
    Third $250.00
    Fourth $500.00
Impound (Aggressive)     $1,000.00
Boarding Fee (per 24 hours)    

$35.00 per day

plus 15%

Fee to Destroy     Cost plus 15%
       
Penalties      
Not Licensed   First

$50.00

Not Licensed   Second and Subsequent $100.00
Not wearing a License     $25.00
Animal at Large (not Aggressive)     $25.00
Animal at Large (not Aggressive)     $50.00
Aggressive Dog at Large     $200.00

In addition to above the fees, municipal tickets may be issued for too many dogs, dogs at large, unsecured dogs, failing to clean up after your dog, etc.

For a full description of animal regulations including times and locations where dogs are prohibited and where dogs may be allowed to go "off-leash", please refer to Animal Control Bylaw 1224 in the documents archive of this web site.

Please call the Town office and leave a message for the Bylaw Officer if you think your dog may have been picked up and impounded.

Bylaw Adjudication

The Bylaw Adjudication system allows local governments to manage most bylaw violations, such as parking tickets, at the local level rather than through the Provincial Court system. Residents who receive a Bylaw Offence Notice will have the opportunity to dispute violations out of court via an independent adjudicator who will hear all disputes.

Those wishing to dispute Bylaw Notices must do so by completing the dispute/request for adjudication section on the back of the ticket and submitting it to the Town Office in person, by mail, fax or email within 14 days of issuance.

Disputes will follow a three step process:

  1. The individual disputing their Bylaw Notice (disputant) will speak with the Screening Officer. This officer will review the Bylaw Notice and uphold, revoke or adjust if appropriate.
  2. If the Screening Officer upholds the Bylaw Notice, the disputant can choose to pay it, or have it forwarded to an adjudicator. If the disputant chooses the adjudication process, they will be notified when they may present their case, whether they choose to do so in writing, by phone, or in person.
  3. A date, time and location for adjudication will be provided to the disputant. Independent adjudicators will determine whether a bylaw infraction did or did not occur. If the adjudicator upholds the infraction, the full penalty will be applied as well as an adjudication fee of $25. If the adjudicator determines that no bylaw violation has occurred, no fine or adjudication fee will be applied.
  4. For the Bylaw Adjudication Schedule, click here.

Town of Oliver Bylaws

For a full list of our bylaws, click here.

Questions / Inquiries 

Please call the Town of Oliver at 250-485-6200  prior to requesting adjudication.

 

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