Bylaw Enforcement & Dog Control

This page contains information about the following Bylaw Enforcement related items:  Overview, Complaint Anonymity, Special Event Permit Bylaw - Area HGeneral Information, Dog Control, Municipal Ticketing Information, Bylaw Enforcement Notice and Dispute Adjudication System, Frequently Asked Questions and How to Reach Us.


The RDCK Bylaw Enforcement team has a large volume of enforcement and investigations underway at any given time and these are typically identified through citizen complaints. We are required to prioritize our enforcement actions  - situations that pose risks to human health and safety take priority and we address complaints in priority sequence, so depending on the nature of the infraction, investigation of lower priority contraventions will take some time.  Our policy is to inform or update complainants following the completion and closure of investigations and we do not provide updates during the course of an active investigation.

Bylaw enforcement action will be initiated:

  • upon receipt of a signed complaint (letter, petition, verified fax or email, or complaint form);
  • upon request of a Regional District Director; or
  • upon receipt of a staff report relative to a possible bylaw infraction.

NOTE: Noise complaints require two independent complainants

Special Event Permit Bylaw - Area H

The RDCK has adopted Bylaw No. 2596, a Special Event Permit Bylaw for Area H. Any special event as defined in the bylaw held in Area H which is attended by more than 200 people and is intended to last more than 24 hours in duration requires a permit from the RDCK. Event applicants will be required to fill out an application form online or in person at the RDCK head office in Nelson. Permittees will be required to obtain insurance for their event and to provide the RDCK with a refundable security deposit. The bylaw allows for fines of up to $10,000 for non-compliance.

Special Event Permit Bylaw Application Form [PDF - 2 MB]

Submit your online application form to

Complainant Anonymity

Complainant information is considered confidential and will not be released to the person whose property is being investigated, unless under an order by the Provincial Freedom of Information Act.  Each request is looked at individually and decisions may vary accordingly.

General Information

Not all regulatory bylaws are in effect region-wide.  For instance, at this time:

Dog Control Bylaws

Animal Control bylaws are in place in ‘defined areas’ of Electoral Areas I, J and K and all of Areas E and F only.

Dog Control, Bylaw No. 2387, 2014 (Electoral Areas E and F) 
Dog Control, Bylaw No. 2388, 2014 (Portions of Electoral Areas I and J)
Dog Control, Bylaw No. 2389, 2014 (Portions of Electoral Areas K)

Municipal Ticketing Information System

The Regional District Board at its August 21, 2014 meeting adopted the new Municipal Ticketing Information Bylaw No. 2423, 2014 to enhance the Municipal Ticketing System within the Regional District of Central Kootenay.

Municipal Ticketing Information System Bylaw No. 2423, 2014 (consolidated 2499)

Bylaw Enforcement Notice and Dispute Adjudication System

The Regional Board at it's February 12, 2015 meeting adopted the Bylaw Enforcement Notice and Dispute Adjudication System Bylaw No. 2423, 2015 to have any issued fines addressed in a timely manner.  The bylaw also has incorporated a Compliance Agreement where persons who were issued a fine can enter into an agreement to bring any outstanding issues into compliance at which time the fines issued may be waived.

Bylaw Enforcement Notice and Dispute Adjudication System Bylaw No. 2441, 2015 (consolidated 2589)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Read FAQ about Bylaw Enforcement



The content on this page was last updated November 7 2023 at 5:15 AM