Bylaws (City)

City Bylaws

The City of Port Alberni has adopted over 4,700 bylaws. Bylaws are required for significant decisions and commitments made by City Council including the establishment of the financial plan, borrowing, regulations and land use controls.

Disclaimer - Online versions are for convenience only and are not official.  Official Bylaws, including supporting documentation, are available for inspection at the City Clerk's office and can be purchased for a nominal cost.  The City will not be liable or responsible for damages of any kind arising out of the use of the online versions.


 See the city's  Official Community Plan Bylaw.

 See the city's Zoning Bylaw.

City Bylaws

Number Year Title / Description
4738 2009 Advisory Planning Commission Bylaw

A Bylaw to establish the Advisory Planning Commission to advise Council on all matters respecting land use and community planning.

4593 2006 Animal Control and Pound Bylaw - Consolidated Version

A Bylaw to regulate the keeping of dogs and cats and other animals in the City of Port Alberni.

4874 2015 Anti-Littering Bylaw No. 4874

A bylaw to promote a safe, comfortable, inviting community and prohibit littering and other objectionable situations.

4144 1993 Blasting Bylaw

A bylaw to regulate the use of any explosive agent for blasting and regulate persons engaged in the blasting and require persons engaged in blasting to give security for damage to persons who, or whose property, may be injured by it.

3869 1988 Boulevard and Tree Care Maintenance Bylaw

A bylaw to regulate the maintenance of boulevards and the planting and care of shade or ornamental trees, shrubs and bushes.

4577, 4915 2014 Building Bylaw_Consolidated

A Bylaw to provide for the administration and enforcement of the British Columbia Building Code within the City of Port Alberni.

4826 2014 Building Standards Bylaw

A Bylaw requiring that property owners safeguard, secure and maintain buildings and that authorizes officers, employees and agents of the municipality to enter any property to ascertain compliance with the municipality's bylaws.

4828 2013 Business Licence (Inter-Community) Bylaw

A business licence which authorizes Inter Community Business to be carried on within the boundaries of any or all of the participating municipalities.

4543 2003 Business Licence Bylaw - Consolidated

A Bylaw to authorize the issuance of business licences and to regulate businesses within the boundaries of the City of Port Alberni.

4894 2016 Business Licence Bylaw Amendment No. 4, Bylaw No. 4894

Amendment to Business Licence Bylaw to include Marijuana Dispensary Regulations.

4817 2013 Carbon Fund, Port Alberni

A Bylaw to establish a reserve fund for new greenhouse gas reduction initiatives to offset annual greenhouse gas emissions.

4732 + 4922 2015 Cemetery Management, Bylaw No. 4732 - Consolidated

A bylaw to regulate, operate and maintain the Greenwood Cemetery.

4898 2016 Commercial Revitalization Tax Exemption Program

The purpose of this bylaw is to stimulate growth and development in the City's commercial areas.

4830 4860 4895 2016 Council Procedures Bylaw - Consolidated

A Bylaw to establish the general procedures to be followed by Council in conducting their business.

4835 4857 4819 2016 Council Remuneration and Expenses Bylaw - Consolidated

A Bylaw to provide for Council Member remuneration and expenses and special expenditures by Council.

4713 2009 Development Cost Charges Bylaw

A Bylaw to impose the City's Development Cost Charges.

4589 2005 Election Bylaw

The provisions of this Bylaw apply to general local elections and other voting.

4836 2014 Emergency Plan 2014 Bylaw

A Bylaw to develop and implement plans for emergencies and disasters in the City of Port Alberni and Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District.

4665, 4710, 4751, 4831, 4880 2007 Fees and Charges Bylaw - Consolidated

A Bylaw that lists fees and charges for the City of Port Alberni.

4876 2015 Fire Control Bylaw

A Bylaw for fire protection and control within the City of Port Alberni including regulations for outdoor burning.

4906 2016 Fire Control Bylaw, 2015, Amendment No. 1 (Outdoor Burning), Bylaw No. 4906

An amendment to the Fire Control Bylaw to limit Outdoor Burning.

4819 2013 Fireworks Regulation Bylaw

A Bylaw to regulate the sale and possession of fireworks and limit the discharge of fireworks within City limits.

2017 Five Year Financial Plan 2017-2021, Bylaw No. 4932

A Bylaw created pursuant to Section 165 of the Community Charter that authorizes the expenditure of funds for the municipality.

4288 1996 Floodplain Bylaw

A Bylaw to designate land as Floodplain and regulate the development of land that is subject to flooding.

4687 + 4707 2008 Heritage Commission Bylaw - 4687 (original) + 4707 (amended)

A Bylaw to set out the method of appointment of membership to the Commission; together with the composition, duties and procedures.

4718 + 4804 2009 Noise Control Bylaw - Consolidated

A Bylaw to regulate noise, nuisance and disturbances.

4884, 4887, 4920 2016 Permission Tax Exemption Bylaw - Consolidated

A Bylaw to exempt certain properties from municipal property taxation pursuant to the Community Charter.

4886 4921 2016 Places of Public Worship Exemption Bylaw - Consolidated

A Bylaw to exempt land or imporovements used or occupied by a religious organization for the purpose of public worship.

4712 2009 Property Maintenance Bylaw

A Bylaw to regulate the maintenance of real property and related matters.

4872 2015 Recreation Facilities Fees and Charges Bylaw

A Bylaw that lists fees and charges for the Recreation facilities.

4824 + 4897 2013 Revitalization Tax Exemption Program - Consolidated

A Bylaw to establish a comprehensive revitalization tax exemption program.

3985, 4054, 4425, 4648, 4682, 4717, 4773, 4814, 4845, 4882, 4917 1974 Sewer Connection and Regulation Bylaw (Sewer Rates) + Amendments

A Bylaw to regulate the extension of and connections to the sanitary sewer system of the Municipality; to impose sewer connection fees, user rates and rentals for use of said sewers and to establish fees, rules and regulations for the disposal of industrial waste into the municipal sewerage system.

4843 2014 Sign Bylaw

A Bylaw to regulate signs.

4885 2015 Solid Waste Collection and Disposal Bylaw (Garbage)

A Bylaw to establish and provide for the operation of a service comprising the collection, removal, storage and disposal of waste material and to regulate, prohibit and impose requirements in relation to the service.

4905 2016 Tax Rates Bylaw, 2016

A Bylaw to impose taxation rates for the City of Port Alberni.

4818 2013 Temporary Use Permits (Official Community Plan Amendment)

A Bylaw to provide a short term opportunity for land uses that either relocate or cease to exist within a maximum of a six year period.

4670 2008 Traffic Regulation Bylaw (includes Snow Removal) - Consolidated

A Bylaw for the regulation of streets and traffic within the City of Port Alberni.

4494, 4514, 4540, 4569, 4774, 4815, 4844, 4881, 4916 2001 Waterworks Bylaw - Consolidated Version

A Bylaw for construction, operating and maintaining waterworks system.

4802 2012 Wood Burning Appliance (Solid-Fuel) Emissions Bylaw

A Bylaw to regulate emissions from solid-fuel burning appliances such as wood stoves.