Bylaw Enforcement

Bylaws are the rules and regulations through which local governments operate and which permit residents enjoyment of their properties while protecting from negative impacts to and from neighbouring properties. There are bylaws covering zoning, unsightly premises, building, noise, open burning, and weapons, just to name a few.

The Bylaw Enforcement Division is also responsible for parking and traffic enforcement. Over the summer months, the Commissionaires are contracted to provide parking enforcement.

Bylaw complaints

The majority of bylaws are enforced on a complaint-only basis.  In accordance with District policy, complaints involving private property will be acted upon if the complaint is made by an individual or individual(s) by telephone, in person, in writing or by email.

The nature of the complaint will be reviewed to determine whether a contravention has occurred. If it is determined that there is no contravention, the complainant will be advised that no further action is being taken. Where a contravention is determined, the property owner/occupier will be encouraged to voluntarily rectify the situation.

To make a complaint, please ensure that all complaints include your name, address, phone number, relationship to the property or individual that you are making the complaint about, and the issue. This information is considered as confidential and will not be released, unless under an order made by the Provincial Information and Privacy Commissioner, or if required in a court of law through due process. Anonymous complaints are not accepted.

On the District website:  Fill out the "Contact Us" form, which is also available under Quick Links on the homepage.

During office hours:
Phone:  250-550-1503
Fax:      250-545-4733

In the evenings, on weekends and statutory holidays:
Phone:  250-545-5304.  At the message, press the number 2 which will connect to the Commissionaires.

In person:  At the Coldstream Building Department in the Municipal Hall.


Ticketed fines

Bylaw contraventions may be enforced with ticketed fines through either:


Bylaw Notice Enforcement Bylaw

The District's Bylaw Notice Enforcement Bylaw No. 1636, 2013 and adjudication system encourage compliance with District bylaws and provides for timely and cost-effective dispute resolution for minor bylaw contraventions.

Should you receive a Bylaw Enforcement Notice (BEN) you will have up to 14 days to either pay a reduced penalty or dispute the Notice.  After 14 days, disputing a Notice will not be an option and the regular penalty will apply.  If Notices remain unpaid, a late penalty will be assessed.

Those who chose to dispute the Notice may do so by contacting the District (by phone, fax, email or in person) within 14 days of receiving* the notice.  The disputant will then be contacted by a Screening Officer who will review the case and, if appropriate, cancel the Notice. If the Notice is not cancelled, it will be forwarded to the Adjudicator, or paid, whichever the disputant chooses.

*for Bylaw Enforcement Notices (BEN) sent by mail, the BEN is considered received after 7 business days from date sent.

Specific sections of the following bylaws can be enforced through the Bylaw Notice Enforcement ticket system:


Regional bylaws (dog control, noxious insects)

The District participates, through its membership in the Regional District of North Okanagan, in a number of regional bylaws.  The following bylaws are enforced by the Regional District or their contractors:

For dog control and barking dogs, please contact K9 Animal Control at 250-545-8070 or visit their website at (includes online complaint form).


Bylaw Contravention Notice on Property Title

Section 57 of the Community Charter is a tool that has been provided to local governments to enforce the BC Building Code and the District of Coldstream Building and Plumbing Bylaw No. 1442. It involves the local government placing a notice on the title of a property at the Land Title Office.

A Notice on Title serves as a notice to anyone searching the title of a property that the property in question may be in breach of local government bylaws or regulations. The Notice on Title itself does not disclose the details of any breach of bylaw or regulations, but rather, specifies that further information may be obtained from the local government.

A Notice on Title may be filed by the Building Inspector where:

  • a building permit has expired, but work has not been completed and/or inspections are outstanding;
  • work proceeded with no permit; or
  • there is a dangerous condition; or
  • any such circumstances as the Building Inspector may deem necessary.

How can the notice be removed from the land title? Once a Notice on Title is filed, it may be cancelled from the title of a property as follows:

  1. By the local government, on receiving a report from the building inspector confirming that the condition which caused the notice to be filed has been rectified and the fee has been paid by the owner(s) in the amount described in the Building and Plumbing Bylaw No. 1442, 2004;
  2. By Council, on hearing from the registered owner(s) and passing a resolution to file a cancellation notice; or
  3. Upon the registered owner(s) obtaining an order from the British Columbia Supreme Court to cancel the Notice on Title (Provided that Council has not resolved to cancel the Notice on Title after being requested to do so by the registered owner(s).



The District of Coldstream
9901 Kalamalka Road
Coldstream, BC V1B 1L6
Tel: (250) 545-5304
Fax: (250) 545-4733
Hours of Operation:
Monday to Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Closed on Statutory Holidays
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