Home and Property

Home and Property

Property use impacts living conditions for residents, businesses, and visitors to the City of Port Alberni. Like many residents, your experience of the City may start with your home and property and expand to the environment surrounding it.  From taxes and utilities to permits and licences, the City strives to ensure:

  • Your home and community are safe
  • Neighbourhoods are sustainable, livable, and accessible
  • A good quality of life is enjoyed by all Port Alberni residents
Property use and maintenance is about balancing rights and responsibilities. Learn about the rules, what you can do if you have concerns, and who can help.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)
Online Services and Property Information 
Dial Before You Dig / BC OneCall 1-800-474-6886 before you dig!
Animal Control and LicensingKeeping Dogs, Cats, Chickens, Bees.  Wildlife concerns.
Building or RenovatingPermits and Inspections, Construction, Demolition.                              
Burning RegulationsIndoor and Outdoor burning, Wood stove installations.
Bylaw EnforcementBylaw complaints and regulations.
Civic / Street addressingWhat you should know about your house number.
Curb Cuts / Driveway CrossingsArranging a curb cut.
Fees and ChargesFind charges for a variety of city services.
Fences and HedgesSee Building Information Sheets: Select "Fences and Hedges"
Fire SafetyProtect your home! Be fire safe.
Organics, Recycling and Garbage Sort'N Go - City's Curbside Waste Collection  
Home Business / OccupationsRunning a business from within your own home.
Home Owner GrantHow to apply for the H.O.G.
Land Title Obtaining a copy of your Land Title document.
MapsCity location and service maps.
Market Gardening (Residential)Urban Agriculture in Port Alberni.
Property MaintenanceProperty and Building standards of maintenance.
Requirements for creating a suite in your home.
Services /UtilitiesSewer, Water, Storm connections and information.
SidewalksSnow removal from sidewalks
SubdivisionWant to subdivide your lot?  What you should know.
Swimming Pools Building a pool?  Check here first.
TaxesTax department and payment information.
Trees and Boulevard CareBoulevard and Tree care on city and private lands.
Zoning and Permitted UsesLocate zoning information for Port Alberni.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's):

  1. Where can I find out about my property taxes?
  2. I want to know about my (water, sewer, storm drain) services?
  3. What should I know before I renovate my home or build on a vacant property?
  4. What is my Zoning?
  5. Can I subdivide my property?
  6. What do I do if I have a complaint about my neighbour's property?
  7. Can I have a Secondary Suite in my home?
  8. Can I keep chickens or bees on my property?
  9. Do I need a License for my pet?
  10. Do I need a permit for a swimming pool in my yard?
  11. When can I burn yard clippings outdoors?
  12. Can I sell produce from my garden?
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For more information, please contact
Price Leurebourg
Development Planner

City Hall, 4850 Argyle StreetPort Alberni BC V9Y 1V8