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Local Government Act

[RSBC 1996] CHAPTER 323

Part 10.1 — Regional District Fees, Charges and Interest


359  [Repealed 2003-52-262.]


359.1–359.3  [Repealed 2003-52-262.]


360  [Repealed 2003-52-262.]


360.1  [Repealed 2003-52-262.]


361  [Repealed 2003-52-262.]


361.1–361.9  [Repealed 2003-52-262.]


362  [Repealed 2003-52-262.]

Imposition of fees and charges

363  (1) A board may, by bylaw, impose a fee or charge payable in respect of

(a) all or part of a service of the regional district, or

(b) the use of regional district property.

(2) Without limiting subsection (1), a bylaw under this section may do one or more of the following:

(a) if the bylaw is in relation to an authority to provide a service or regulate outside the regional district, apply outside the regional district;

(b) base the fee or charge on any factor specified in the bylaw, including by establishing different rates or levels of fees in relation to different factors;

(c) establish different classes of persons, property, businesses and activities and different fees or charges for different classes;

(d) establish terms and conditions for payment, including discounts, interest and penalties;

(e) provide for the reduction, waiving or refund of a fee or charge if, as specified in the bylaw, a person

(i)  has already paid towards the costs to which the fee or charge relates,

(ii)  does not require the service to which the fee or charge relates,

(iii)  no longer undertakes the activity or thing for which a licence, permit or approval was required, or

(iv)  has prepaid towards the costs of the service to which the fee or charge relates and use of the service by the person is discontinued;

(f) establish fees for obtaining copies of documents that are available for public inspection.

(3) As an exception, a board may not establish a fee or charge under this section

(a) in relation to Part 3 [Elections] or 4 [Other Voting], or

(b) in relation to any other matter for which another provision of this Act specifically authorizes the imposition of a fee or charge.

(4) A regional district must make available to the public, on request, a report respecting how a fee or charge imposed under this section was determined.

Interest calculation

363.1  A regional district may, by bylaw, establish the manner in which interest is calculated if

(a) this or another Act provides a requirement or authority to apply interest to an amount owed to, or owing by, the regional district, and

(b) the manner in which interest is calculated is not otherwise provided for.

Special fees and charges that are to be collected as taxes

363.2  (1) This section applies to the following:

(a) regional district fees or charges imposed under this Act for work done or services provided to land or improvements;

(b) fees imposed under section 726 (1) (b) [fire and security alarms systems];

(c) amounts that a regional district is entitled to recover for work done or services provided to land or improvements under any provision of this Act that authorizes the regional district to recover amounts in the event of default by a person.

(2) If an amount referred to in subsection (1) is due and payable by December 31 and is unpaid on that date,

(a) the amount is deemed to be taxes in arrear,

(b) the regional district financial officer must promptly, after December 31, forward a statement showing the amount of the fee or charge

(i)  to the Surveyor of Taxes in the case of real property that is not in a municipality, or

(ii)  to the applicable municipal collector in other cases, and

(c) the Surveyor of Taxes or collector must add the amount of the fee or charge to the taxes payable on the property.

(3) If an amount is added to taxes under subsection (2) (c),

(a) the amount is deemed to be a Provincial or municipal tax, as applicable, and must be dealt with in the same manner as taxes against the property would be under the Taxation (Rural Area) Act or the Community Charter, and

(b) when it is collected, the Minister of Finance or collecting municipality must pay the amount to the regional district to which it is owed.

(4) If an amount is added under subsection (2) (c) and is not paid at the time the property is sold by tax sale,

(a) if the upset price is obtained at the time of the tax sale, the minister or municipality referred to in subsection (3) must pay out of the proceeds of the sale the amount due under this section to the regional district to which it is owed, or

(b) if the upset price is not obtained and subsequently the property is sold, the proceeds of the sale must be applied according to the respective interests in the upset price.

(5) Despite subsections (2) to (4), the regional district to which the amount is owed may bring action in a court of competent jurisdiction to recover that amount.

Special fees and charges that are liens against property

364  (1) This section applies to amounts that are referred to in section 363.2 [special fees and charges that are to be collected as taxes].

(2) An amount referred to in subsection (1)

(a) is a charge or lien on the land and its improvements in respect of which the charge is imposed, the work done or services provided,

(b) has priority over any claim, lien, privilege or encumbrance of any person except the Crown, and

(c) does not require registration to preserve it.

(3) An owner of land or real property aggrieved by the creation of a charge or lien under this section may, on 10 days' written notice to the regional district, apply to the Supreme Court for an order that the charge be removed or that the amount for which it was imposed be varied.

(4) On an application under subsection (3), if the court is satisfied that any of the amount for which the charge or lien was created was imposed improperly, it may order that the charge or lien be removed or that the amount be varied, or make another order it considers proper.

Contents  | Part 1  | Part 1.1  | Part 2  | Part 3  | Part 4  | Part 5  | Part 5.1  | Part 5.2  | Part 6  | Part 7  | Part 8  | Part 9  | Part 10  | Part 10.1  | Part 11  | Part 12  | Part 13  | Part 14  | Part 15  | Part 16  | Part 17  | Part 18  | Part 19  | Part 20  | Part 21  | Part 22  | Part 23  | Part 24  | Part 25  | Part 26  | Part 27  | Part 28  | Part 29  | Part 30