The District of Sooke’s Bylaws are enforced by its Bylaw Compliance Officer. The Bylaw Compliance Officer endeavors to educate residents and visitors as to the reasons for and how to comply with the bylaws. Voluntary compliance with the bylaws is preferred to other method considered either as a civil dispute between property owners, such as fences, or as a minor non-enforceable issue, such as trees overgrowing property lines. These will not be acted upon by the District.
A complete list of bylaws that are accessible on our website are available here.
The Animal Regulation and Impounding Bylaw regulates the keeping of animals and animal nuisances, regulates the licencing of dogs, provides for the operation of an animal pound, prohibits the feeding of wildlife (except bird feeders) and regulates the keeping of wild and exotic animals.
The District works with WildWise Sooke to provide an educational program about feeding and preventing wildlife encounters on residential property.
Considering a dog? Learn more about dog care here.
How to Make a Bylaw Complaint
Bylaw complaints need to be submitted in writing. To make a written complaint regarding a violation of regulations contained in one the District of Sooke Bylaws, the District requires you to provide your name, address, daytime telephone number, email address if applicable, as well as the details of your complaint. Should you refuse to provide this information, in accordance with Council policy, no action may be taken by the Bylaw Officer, except in the case of alleged health or safety issues.
Please review our Complaint and Bylaw Enforcement Policy.
The Bylaw Officer will receive written complaints in various ways:
• By email to firstname.lastname@example.org
• By fax to 250-642-0541
• By mail to: Bylaw Officer, District of Sooke, 2205 Otter Point Road, Sooke, BC V9Z 1J2
• Drop off in person to Bylaw Officer at the Municipal office.
Considerations before submitting a Bylaw Complaint
Bylaw complaint information is considered confidential and will not be released, except as may be required under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act or otherwise as required by law.
Often complaints can be resolved amicably between neighbours. It is recommended that whenever possible, residents attempt to resolve their issues before contacting the Bylaw Officer for assistance.