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Community Charter

[SBC 2003] CHAPTER 26

Assented to May 29, 2003

Part 1 — Principles, Purposes and Interpretation
  Principles of municipal governance
  Principles of municipal-provincial relations
  Purposes of Act
  Broad interpretation
  Definitions and other interpretation rules
Part 2 — Municipal Purposes and Powers
  Division 1 —  Purposes and Fundamental Powers
  Municipalities and their councils
  Municipal purposes
  Fundamental powers
  Spheres of concurrent authority
  Division 2 —  Scope of Jurisdiction
  10  Relationship with Provincial laws
  11  Area of jurisdiction
  Division 3 —  Ancillary Powers
  12  Authority to establish variations, terms and conditions
  13  Services outside municipality
  14  Intermunicipal service, regulatory and other schemes
  15  Licensing and standards authority
  16  Authority to enter on or into property
  17  Municipal action at defaulter's expense
  18  Authority to discontinue providing a service
  19  Requirements for security to be paid to municipality
  20  Emergency powers
Part 3 — Additional Powers and Limits on Powers
  Division 1 —  Partnering and Other Agreements
  21  Partnering agreements
  22  Agreements granting exclusive or limited franchises
  23  Agreements with other public authorities
  Division 2 —  Restrictions on Providing Assistance
  24  Publication of intention to provide certain kinds of assistance
  25  General prohibition against assistance to business and exceptions
  Division 3 —  Municipal Property
  26  Notice of proposed property disposition
  27  Exchange or other disposal of park land
  28  Disposal of water systems, sewage systems and other utilities
  29  Municipal ownership of subdivision park land
  30  Reservation and dedication of municipal property
  Division 4 —  Expropriation and Compensation
  31  General expropriation power
  32  Authority to enter on and use property
  33  Compensation for expropriation and other actions
  34  Appropriation of stream channel or bed without compensation
  Division 5 —  Highways
  35  Ownership and possession of highways
  36  General authority in relation to highways
  37  Intermunicipal boundary highways
  38  Temporary traffic restriction and traffic control
  39  Additional powers in relation to highways
  40  Permanent closure and removal of highway dedication
  41  Restrictions in relation to highway disposition, closure or alteration
  42  Agreements respecting compensation for extraordinary traffic
  43  Agreements respecting municipal equipment on utility poles
  44  Agreements to reserve land for highway purposes
  45  Highway construction and dikes
  46  Use of highways and public places
  Division 6 —  Animal Control
  47  Classes of animals
  48  Seizure and related powers
  49  Special powers in relation to dangerous dogs
  Division 7 —  Authority in Relation to Trees
  50  Restrictions in relation to authority
  51  Compensation not payable
  52  Right to reconsideration by council
  Division 8 —  Building Regulation
  53  General authority in relation to buildings and other structures
  54  Building permits and occupancy permits
  55  Requirement for professional certification
  56  Requirement for geotechnical report
  57  Note against land title that building regulations contravened
  58  Cancellation of note against land title
  Division 9 —  Business Regulation
  59  Powers to require and prohibit
  60  Business licence authority
  61  Restriction on authority to require examination or certification
  Division 10 —  Other Spheres
  62  Public place powers
  63  Protection of persons and property
  64  Nuisances, disturbances and other objectionable situations
  65  Signs and other advertising
  Division 11 —  Other Powers
  66  Fire chief powers
  67  Disposal of property in police possession
  68  Restriction on authority to fluoridate
  69  Specific authority in relation to drainage, sewage and dikes
  70  Drainage control
  71  Orders and awards respecting drainage or reclamation works
  Division 12 —  Remedial Action Requirements
  72  Council may impose remedial action requirements
  73  Hazardous conditions
  74  Declared nuisances
  75  Harm to drainage or dike
  76  Time limit for compliance
  77  Notice to affected persons
  78  Person affected may request reconsideration by council
  79  Shorter time limits in urgent circumstances
  80  Recovery of municipal costs through sale of property
Part 4 — Public Participation and Council Accountability
  Division 1 —  Elections, Petitions and Community Opinion
  81  Election proceedings
  82  Petitions to council
  83  Council may seek community opinion
  Division 2 —  Approval of the Electors
  84  Approval of the electors
  85  Assent of the electors
  86  Alternative approval process
  87  Matters requiring approval or assent may be combined
  88  Agreements requiring approval or assent
  Division 3 —  Open Meetings
  89  General rule that meetings must be open to the public
  90  Meetings that may or must be closed to the public
  91  Other persons attending closed meetings
  92  Requirements before meeting is closed
  93  Application of rules to other bodies
  Division 4 —  Public Notice and Access to Records
  94  Requirements for public notice
  95  Public access to municipal records
  96  Agreements that require elector approval or assent
  97  Other records to which public access must be provided
  Division 5 —  Reporting
  98  Annual municipal report
  99  Annual meeting on report
  Division 6 —  Conflict of Interest
  100  Disclosure of conflict
  101  Restrictions on participation if in conflict
  102  Restrictions on inside influence
  103  Restrictions on outside influence
  104  Exceptions from conflict restrictions
  105  Restrictions on accepting gifts
  106  Disclosure of gifts
  107  Disclosure of contracts with council members and former council members
  108  Restrictions on use of insider information
  109  Court order for person to give up financial gain
  Division 7 —  Disqualification
  110  Circumstances in which a person is disqualified from office on council
  111  Application to court for declaration of disqualification
  112  Status of person subject to an application
  113  Costs of an application
Part 5 — Municipal Government and Procedures
  Division 1 —  Council Roles and Responsibilities
  114  Council as governing body
  115  Responsibilities of council members
  116  Responsibilities of mayor
  117  Duty to respect confidentiality
  118  Size of council
  119  Term of office for council members
  120  Oath or affirmation of office
  121  Resignation from office
  Division 2 —  Council Proceedings
  122  Exercise of powers by bylaw or resolution
  123  General voting rules
  124  Procedure bylaws
  125  Council meetings
  126  Calling of special council meetings
  127  Notice of council meetings
  128  Electronic meetings and participation by members
  129  Quorum for conducting business
  130  Designation of member to act in place of mayor
  131  Mayor may require council reconsideration of a matter
  132  Authority of presiding member
  133  Expulsion from meetings
  134  Authority to compel witnesses
  134.1  Meetings and hearings outside municipality
  Division 3 —  Bylaw Procedures
  135  Requirements for passing bylaws
  136  When a bylaw comes into force
  137  Power to amend or repeal
  138  Municipal codes and other general bylaws
  139  Consolidation of bylaws
  140  Revision of bylaws
  Division 4 —  Committees, Commissions and Other Bodies
  141  Standing committees of council
  142  Select committees of council
  143  Municipal commissions
  144  Authority to rescind appointment
  145  Application of procedure rules to other bodies
  Division 5 —  Officers and Employees
  146  Officer positions
  147  Chief administrative officer
  148  Corporate officer
  149  Financial officer
  150  General employment matters
  151  Suspension of officers and employees
  152  Termination of officers
  153  Prohibition against interfering with municipal officers and employees
  Division 6 —  Delegation
  154  Delegation of council authority
  155  Special rules respecting delegation of hearings and other proceedings
  156  Reconsideration of delegate's decisions
  Division 7 —  Other Matters
  157  Municipal days of recognition
  158  Freedom of the municipality
  159  Notice to municipality
  160  Notice by municipality: obligation satisfied if reasonable effort made
  161  Court order allowing substituted service
  162  Certified copies of municipal records
  163  Evidence of municipal bylaws and other records
Part 6 — Financial Management
  Division 1 —  Financial Planning and Accountability
  164  Fiscal year
  165  Financial plan
  166  Public process for development of financial plan
  167  Annual financial statements
  168  Reporting of council remuneration, expenses and contracts
  Division 2 —  Audit
  169  Municipal auditor
  170  Audit committee
  171  Auditor's reports
  172  Complaints to council or auditor about financial affairs
  Division 3 —  Expenditures, Liabilities and Investments
  173  Limit on expenditures
  174  Limit on borrowing and other liabilities
  175  Liabilities under agreements
  176  Liabilities imposed under prescribed enactments
  177  Revenue anticipation borrowing
  178  Short term capital borrowing
  179  Loan authorization bylaws for long term borrowing
  180  Elector approval required for some loan authorization bylaws
  181  Temporary borrowing under loan authorization bylaw
  182  Municipal financing through regional district
  183  Investment of municipal funds
  184  Property accepted in trust
  185  Ownership of corporations
  186  Self insurance
  187  Indemnification against proceedings
  Division 4 —  Reserve Funds
  188  Establishment of reserve funds
  189  Use of money in reserve funds
  Division 5 —  Restrictions on Use of Municipal Funds
  190  Purposes for which borrowed money may be used
  191  Liabilities for use of money contrary to Act
Part 7 — Municipal Revenue
  Division 1 —  General
  192  General revenue sources
  193  Authority for fees and taxes
  193.1  Interest calculation
  Division 2 —  Fees
  194  Municipal fees
  195  Fees in relation to soil removal and deposit
  196  Fees in relation to fire and security alarm systems
  Division 3 —  Property Value Taxes
  197  Annual property tax bylaw
  198  Assessment averaging and phasing options
  199  Property tax rates regulations
  Division 4 —  Parcel Taxes
  200  Parcel tax bylaw
  201  Property subject to parcel tax
  202  Parcel tax roll for purpose of imposing tax
  203  Content of parcel tax roll
  204  Parcel tax roll review panel
  205  Review panel to hear complaints and make corrections
  206  Authentication of parcel tax roll
  207  Appeal to Supreme Court from review panel decision
  208  Updating the parcel tax roll
  209  Validity of parcel tax roll
  Division 5 —  Local Service Taxes
  210  Authority for local area services
  211  Requirements for establishing a local area service
  212  Petition for local area service
  213  Local area service on council initiative — subject to petition against
  214  Local area service on council initiative — subject to elector assent
  215  Business improvement areas
  216  Local service taxes
  217  Borrowing in relation to a local area service
  218  Enlargement or reduction of local service area
  219  Merging of local service areas
  Division 6 —  Statutory Exemptions
  220  General statutory exemptions
  221  Grandparented pollution abatement exemptions
  221.1  Grandparented dust and particulate matter eliminator exemptions
  222  Phased farm property tax exemption
  223  Exemptions under regulations
  Division 7 —  Permissive Exemptions
  224  General authority for permissive exemptions
  225  Partnering, heritage, riparian and other special exemption authority
  226  Revitalization tax exemptions
  227  Notice of permissive tax exemptions
  Division 8 —  Tax Liability of Occupiers
  228  Taxation of Crown land used by others
  229  Taxation of municipal land used by others
  230  Taxation of occupier of exempt land
  Division 9 —  General Revenue Collection Authority
  231  Recovery of taxes and fees
  232  Collection agreements with other taxing authorities
  Division 10 —  Property Tax Due Dates and Tax Notices
  233  Options for tax due dates
  234  General tax collection scheme
  235  Alternative municipal tax collection scheme
  236  Owner may elect which scheme to use
  237  General tax notices
  238  Persons may request copies of tax notices
  Division 11 —  Adjustments to Taxes
  239  Interest on overpayment of taxes
  240  Adjustments for assessment changes
  241  Taxation based on supplementary roll
  242  Apportionment of property value taxes if land subdivided
  243  Apportionment of parcel taxes if land subdivided
  Division 12 —  Payment of Taxes
  244  Application of tax payments
  245  Taxes in arrear
  246  Delinquent taxes
  247  Treatment of outstanding taxes on subdivision or cancellation of subdivision
  248  Statement of outstanding taxes
  249  Certificate of outstanding taxes
  Division 13 —  Recovery of Taxes
  250  Taxes are a special charge on the land
  251  Liability of assessed owner
  252  Recovery of taxes by the legal remedy of distress
  253  Power to accept real property in place of taxes
  254  Tax sales
  255  Notice of delinquent taxes on Crown land
  256  Recovery of taxes on Crown land subject to an agreement for sale
  257  Recovery of taxes on Crown land held under lease or licence
  Division 14 —  Recovery of Special Fees
  258  Special fees may be collected as property taxes
  259  Special fees that are liens against property
Part 8 — Bylaw Enforcement and Related Matters
  Division 1 —  Bylaw Enforcement
  260  Enforcement powers
  261  Payment of fines and other penalties to municipality
  262  Recovery of penalty and costs by legal remedy of distress
  Division 2 —  Offence Act Prosecutions
  263  Penalties in relation to Offence Act prosecutions
  263.1  Additional sentencing powers in relation to Offence Act prosecutions
  Division 3 —  Ticketing for Bylaw Offences
  264  Ticket offences
  265  Penalties in relation to ticket offences
  266  Laying information and serving ticket
  267  Choice of paying fine or disputing ticket
  268  Effect of paying fine
  269  Hearing of dispute
  270  Failure to appear at hearing
  271  Failure to respond to ticket
  272  Time extensions if person not at fault in failing to respond or appear
  273  Regulations in relation to ticket offences
  Division 4 —  Enforcement by Civil Proceedings
  274  Actions by municipality
  Division 5 —  Other Matters
  275  Entry warrants
Part 9 — Governmental Relations
  Division 1 —  Provincial-Municipal Relations
  276  Required consultations
  277  Consultation agreements
  278  Enforcement of obligations
  279  No forced amalgamations
  Division 2 —  Provincial Regulations
  280  Regulations providing exemptions from approval requirements
  281  Regulations providing additional powers and exceptions
  282  General regulation authority
  283  Variation authority
  Division 3 —  Dispute Resolution
  284  Request for assistance in relation to intergovernmental dispute
  285  Voluntary binding arbitration
  286  Mandatory binding arbitration
  287  Final proposal arbitration
  288  Full arbitration
  289  General provisions regarding arbitration process
  290  Implementation of arbitrator's decision
  291  Regulations respecting arbitrations
  292  Commencement