These documents are provided for information only and should not be used for legal purposes. Printed copies of any documents can be purchased at the regional district office.

Official Community Plan Bylaws
Official Community Plan (OCP) bylaws set out a long-term vision for a community and establish community goals, objectives and policies for achieving that vision. OCP bylaws provide a policy framework to guide land use and development decision making of the regional district, other government agencies, businesses and land owners. OCPs also set out development permit areas to protect sensitive riparian areas and natural hazard areas. The regional district has adopted OCP bylaws for the following areas:


Zoning Bylaws
Zoning bylaws are a planning tool for implementing an OCP and regulating land use. Zoning bylaws set out what land uses are permitted on a particular property and regulate the density of buildings permitted on a lot. The zoning bylaws listed below have been adopted for specific areas within the regional district.


Development Services Procedures Bylaw
The Development Services Procedures Bylaw sets out procedures under which an owner of land may apply for an amendment to an official community plan or zoning bylaw or for a development permit.

Note for Riparian Area Regulations (RAR): Vancouver Island University’s Natural Resources Extension Program has created a list of participants who may be Qualified Environmental Professionals to assist in your RAR application. Visit the university’s webpage for the  “List of Course Participants” found at the bottom of the Natural Resources Extension Program page for participant contacts.


Board of Variance Bylaw
The Board of Variance Bylaw sets out procedures to establish a Board of Variance. A Board of Variance provides citizens with an avenue for appeal on the interpretation and strict application of certain zoning regulations under specific circumstances defined in the Local Government Act.