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B.C. Reg. 144/2004
Deposited March 26, 2004
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Community Charter

Spheres of Concurrent Jurisdiction -
Environment and Wildlife Regulation

[includes amendments up to B.C. Reg. 235/2008, August 7, 2008]


1  In this regulation:

"Act" means the Community Charter;

"alien invasive species" means the species listed in sections 1 and 2 of the Schedule;

"dangerous wildlife" has the same meaning as in the Wildlife Act;

"excluded pesticide" has the same meaning as in the Integrated Pest Management Regulation, B.C. Reg. 604/2004.

[am. B.C. Regs. 326/2005, s. (a); 235/2008, s. 1.]

Municipal jurisdiction in relation to the environment and wildlife

2  (1) For the purposes of section 9 (4) (a) (i) of the Act, a municipality may,

(a) under section 8 (3) (j) of the Act, regulate, prohibit and impose requirements in relation to polluting or obstructing, or impeding the flow of, a stream, creek, waterway, watercourse, waterworks, ditch, drain or sewer, whether or not it is located on private property,

(b) regulate, prohibit and impose requirements in relation to,

(i) under section 8 (3) (j) of the Act, the sale of wild flowers,

(ii) subject to subsection (2), under section 8 (3) (j) of the Act, the application of pesticides, except excluded pesticides, for the purpose of maintaining outdoor trees, shrubs, flowers, other ornamental plants and turf on a parcel or a part of a parcel if the parcel or part is used for residential purposes, or on land vested in the municipality,

(iii) under section 8 (3) (j) and (k) of the Act, the control and eradication of alien invasive species, and

(iv) under section 8 (3) (k) of the Act, the control of wildlife species listed in Schedule B or C to the Designation and Exemption Regulation, B.C. Reg. 168/90, and

(c) under section 8 (3) (k) of the Act, regulate, prohibit and impose requirements respecting the feeding or attracting of dangerous wildlife or members of the family Cervidae.

(2) For the purposes of section 9 (4) (b) of the Act, a municipality may not exercise the authority under subsection (1) (b) (ii) of this regulation in relation to the application of pesticides

(a) for the management of pests that transmit human diseases or impact agriculture or forestry,

(b) on the residential areas of farms,

(c) to buildings or inside buildings, or

(d) on land used for agriculture, forestry, transportation, public utilities or pipelines unless the public utility or pipeline is vested in the municipality.

(3) For the purposes of subsection 9 (4) (b) of the Act, the exercise of the authority under subsection (1) (c) is subject to the condition that the bylaw must exempt from its application all the following:

(a) a person who is engaging in hunting or trapping wildlife in accordance with the Wildlife Act and its regulations;

(b) a farm operation, as defined in section 1 of the Farm Practices Protection (Right to Farm) Act, that

(i) is conducted on, in or over land anywhere in British Columbia, and

(ii) meets the requirements set out in section 2 (2) (a) and (c) of that Act;

(c) a facility for the disposal of waste that is operated in accordance with the Environmental Management Act by a municipality, a regional district, an improvement district that has as an object the disposal of sewage or refuse or the provision of a system for the disposal of sewage or refuse or the Greater Vancouver Sewerage and Drainage District.

[am. B.C. Regs. 326/2005, s. (b); 235/2008, ss. 2 to 4.]


1 The following species are, for the purposes of this regulation, alien invasive species.


Annual Sow Thistle (Sonchus oleraceus)

Canada Thistle (Cirsium arvense)

Common Crupina (Crupina vulgaris)

Common Toadflax (Linaria vulgaris)

Dalmatian Toadflax (Linaria dalmatica)

Diffuse Knapweed (Centaurea diffusa)

Dodder (Cuscuta spp.)

Gorse (Ulex europaeus)

Hound's-tongue (Cynoglossum officinale)

Jointed Goatgrass (Aegilops cylindrica)

Leafy Spurge (Euphorbia esula)

Perennial Sow Thistle (Sonchus arvensis)

Purple Nutsedge (Cyperus rotundus)

Rush Skeletonweed (Chondrilla juncea)

Scentless Chamomile (Matricaria maritima)

Spotted Knapweed (Centaurea maculosa)

Tansy Ragwort (Senecio jacobaea)

Velvetleaf (Abutilon theophrasti)

Wild Oats (Avena fatua)

Yellow Nutsedge (Cyperus esculentus)

Yellow Starthistle (Centaurea solstitialis)

Terrestrial Vascular Plants

Smooth brome grass

Downy brome grass

Orchard grass (coast)

Scotch broom

Spurge laurel

Common barnyard grass

English ivy

St. John's wort

Himalayan blackberry

Yellow salsify

Common Crupina

Bull thistle

Nodding thistle

Giant knotweed


Japanese knotweed

Giant knotweed

Giant hogweed

Poison hemlock

Yellow toadflax

Carpet burweed

Baby's breath

Parasitic Dodder

Himalayan Balsam


Garlic Mustard

Fresh Water/Riparian Vascular Plants

Flowering rush

Purple loosestrife

Eurasian watermilfoil

Common reed

Curly pondweed

Reed canary grass

Yellow flag



Gypsy Moth

Blueberry Maggot

Balsam Woolly Adelgid

Japanese Cedar Longhorn Beetle

Japanese Beetle

Pine Shoot Beetle

Asian Long-horned Beetle

Cereal Leaf Beetle

Daylily Midge

European Chafer

European Brown Garden Snail

Oriental Fruit Moth

Apple Maggot

Plum Curculio


Bullfrog (Rana catesbeiana)

Green Frog (Rana clamitans)

Rock Dove (Columba livia)

European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)

North American Opossum (Didelphis virginiana)

European Rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus)

Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)

Nutria (Myocastor coypu)

Gray Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)

Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)

2 The species set out in column 1 of Table 1 are, for the purposes of this regulation, alien invasive species in a regional district set out opposite in column 2.

Table 1

Column 1
Column 2
Area of the Province
Blueweed (Echium vulgare) Cariboo, Central Kootenay, Columbia-Shuswap, East Kootenay, Okanagan-Similkameen, Thompson-Nicola
Burdock (Arctium spp.) Bulkley-Nechako, Cariboo, Columbia-Shuswap, Fraser-Fort George, Kitimat-Stikine, North Okanagan, Okanagan-Similkameen, Peace River, Thompson-Nicola
Cleavers (Galium aparine) Peace River
Common Bugloss (Anchusa officinalis) Kootenay-Boundary
Common Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare) Bulkley-Nechako, Central Kootenay, Columbia-Shuswap, East Kootenay, North Okanagan
Field Scabious (Knautia arvensis) Bulkley-Nechako, Kootenay-Boundary, Thompson-Nicola
Green Foxtail (Setaria viridis) Peace River
Hoary Alyssum (Berteroa incana) Kootenay-Boundary
Hoary Cress (Cardaria spp.) Columbia-Shuswap, North Okanagan, Thompson-Nicola
Kochia (Kochia scoparia) Peace River
Marsh Plume Thistle (Cirsium palustre) Bulkley-Nechako, Fraser-Fort George
Meadow Knapweed (Centaurea pratensis) Columbia-Shuswap
Night-flowering catchfly (Silene noctiflora) Peace River
Orange Hawkweed (Hieracium aurantiacum) Bulkley-Nechako, Cariboo, Central Kootenay, Columbia-Shuswap, East Kootenay, Thompson-Nicola
Oxeye Daisy (Chrysanthemum leucanthemum) Cariboo, North Okanagan, Peace River, Thompson-Nicola
Perennial Pepperweed (Lepidium latifolium) East Kootenay, Thompson-Nicola
Plumeless Thistle (Carduus acanthoides) Central Kootenay
Puncturevine (Tribulus terrestris) Okanagan-Similkameen
Quackgrass (Agropyron repens) Peace River
Russian Knapweed (Acroptilon repens) North Okanagan
Russian Thistle (Salsola kali) Peace River
Scotch Thistle (Onopordum acanthium) North Okanagan
Sulphur Cinquefoil (Potentilla recta) Columbia-Shuswap, North Okanagan, Okanagan-Similkameen, Thompson-Nicola
Tartary Buckwheat (Fagopyrum tataricum) Peace River
White Cockle (Lychnis alba) Peace River
Wild Chervil (Anthriscus sylvestris) Fraser Valley
Wild Mustard (Sinapsis arvensis) Peace River

[Provisions of the Community Charter, S.B.C. 2003, c. 26, relevant to the enactment of this regulation: section 9 (4)]