City Bylaws are enforced by the Bylaw Enforcement Officer, the RCMP, and other designated persons on the basis of a complaint. Complaints are kept confidential however your name and contact number must be provided when making a complaint. Anonymous calls are not generally acted upon. The City seeks to obtain voluntary compliance on most issues through education and constructive, respectful dialogue.
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The City of Port Alberni Noise Control Bylaw regulates or prohibits the making or causing of noises or sounds that disturb the quiet, rest, peace, enjoyment or convenience of individuals or the public and includes the following:
- The playing of radios and stereophonic equipment or any apparatus used for the amplification of sound where the noise is disturbing and clearly audible is prohibited before 9:00 am and after 11:00 pm.
- Noise due to construction shall not be caused before 7:00 am and after 10:00 pm.
- Noise caused by any domestic animal or bird that is persistent and creates a disturbance by its cries, barks, or howls is prohibited at any time.
Depending on the nature of the complaint, a City 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. Failure to comply will result in the issuance of a Municipal Ticket. If a ticket is issued, the complainant(s) may be required to testify in court if the allegation is disputed.
The Property Maintenance Bylaw prohibits the accumulation of filth, discarded materials, rubbish, and other noxious or offensive matter on property. The Building Standards Bylaw sets the standard for building maintenance and regulating vacant buildings.
When a complaint is received alleging that a property is unsightly, a Bylaw Officer will attend the property to determine if the situation warrants further action. If so, a letter is sent to the owner of the property requesting that the discarded material be removed within a set timeline. If the timeline is not met, the issue is forwarded to Council for consideration at its next meeting. At that time Council will consider using its statutory authority to order that the property be cleaned up. If compliance is not forthcoming, the City may, by its employees or other persons, enter the property and effect the removal of the material at the expense of the person who failed to comply. The cost of cleanup may be recovered by being added to taxes if unpaid. See Building Standards and Property Maintenance for more information.
The City of Port Alberni Traffic Regulation Bylaw is enacted pursuant to the Motor Vehicle Act, the Local Government Act, and the Highways Act to regulate the traffic and use of highways within the Municipality. This Bylaw regulates moving and non-moving violations that are enforced by Bylaw Officers, R.C.M.P.
Parking within the Municipality is enforced by the City Bylaw Officers and the R.C.M.P. Complaints, disputes, and inquiries should be directed to the Bylaw Enforcement Office.
It is illegal to post signage on City owned property without authorization. The Bylaw Officer will remove signage when it is illegally posted. There are several exemptions from this requirement that involve temporary election signage and sandwich board signs in the downtown core.
In the case of private property, signage installation is regulated by the Sign Bylaw and a Sign Permit must be approved. The bylaw sets out allowable types, sizes and locations of signage based on zoning and location within the City. Contact the City Building Inspector at 250-720-2832 for more information.
Pursuant to the Traffic Regulation Bylaw, owners or occupiers of any premises in a business district shall remove snow from sidewalks and footpaths bordering the property owned or occupied by them not later than 12 noon of any day except Sundays and other holidays.