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This database is a centralized resource for planners, policy makers, community advocates, local organizations and the policy curious to search for policy precedents and to better understand how local government policy in B.C. is addressing local food systems. Search by a range of characteristics to find food system policies that have been adopted by local governments across B.C. For more information about using the database and how it was developed see How to use the Database

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Institute for Sustainable Food Systems

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Topic: Development and Productive use of Agricultural Land, Economic Development, Food Processing, Storage & Distribution, Food Sales, Access & Procurement

Sub-topics: agri-tourism, food processing, farm retail/farm gate sales, ALR, siting and coverage

Region: North Okanagan | Document Type: Zoning Bylaw | Year: 2003

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Topic Sub-topic Policy or Policy Excerpt Document Location
development and productive use of agricultural land;

siting and coverage;

ALR;

See document for coverage and siting regualtions in Agriculture Zones within the ALR.

8.1.5
food procesing, storage and distribution;

food processing;

ALR;

Farm and animal products processing is allowed provided that a minimum of 50% of the products are produced on-site. 8.1.6
food sales, access and procurement;

farm retail/gate sales;

ALR;

Agricultural and garden stands selling produce grown on the site or another site operated by the same producer do not have a maximum area. The maximum gross floor area of stands selling produce that is produced off-site shall be 50.0m2 . For sites within the Agricultural Land Reserve, the maximum gross floor area of agricultural and garden sales for produce off-site shall be lesser of 33% of the total floor area of the agricultural or garden stand or 50.0m2 . 8.1.6
economic development; agri-tourism; Agri-tourist accommodation shall not be located on lots smaller than 2.0ha (5 acres) in size and shall not exceed 10 bedrooms, campsites or recreational vehicle pads.  8.1.6
       

Regulations included above are for section 8.1 Agriculture within the ALR (A1). See complete zoning bylaw for other agricultural zoning regulations including large and small holdings outside of the ALR (A2).

Topic: Food Production, Urban Agriculture

Sub-topics: urban chickens, livestock

Region: Metro Vancouver | Document Type: Regulatory Bylaw | Year: consolidated 2016

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Topic Sub-topic Policy or Policy Excerpt Document Location

food production;

urban agriculture;

urban chickens;

livestock 

Chickens

10.4.1 No person may:

(a) keep a rooster of any age;

(b) keep a chicken that is less than 4 months old;

(c) keep more than 6 chickens on any one lot, as defined by the Zoning Bylaw, despite the number of dwelling units permissible on that lot;

10.4.2 A person who keeps one or more chickens must:

(a) register the chickens with the District by filling out all fields of the chicken registration form and submitting it to the District;

(b) construct and maintain a chicken enclosure, including a chicken coop and a chicken run;

(c) provide and maintain a floor of any combination of vegetated or bare earth in each chicken enclosure;

(d) provide and maintain in the chicken coop at least one perch, for each chicken, that is at least 15 cm long, and at least one nest box per chicken coop;

(e) construct and maintain each chicken enclosure to prevent any rodent from harbouring underneath or within it or within its walls, and to prevent entrance by any other animal;

(f) secure all food containers indoors or in a manner to prevent access by vermin, wildlife and other animals;

(g) remove leftover feed, trash, and manure in a timely manner so as to prevent obnoxious odours, attraction of pests and wildlife, or conditions that could interfere with the health and well being of a chicken;

(h) follow bio-security procedures recommended by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency;

(i) keep chickens for personal use only, and not sell, trade or barter eggs, manure, meat, or other products derived from the chickens;

(j) not slaughter, or attempt to euthanize, a chicken on the property;

(k) not bury a chicken on the property;

(l) not dispose of a chicken except by delivering it to the pound keeper, or to a farm, abattoir, veterinarian, or other facility that has the ability to dispose of chickens lawfully;

(m) not keep a chicken in a cage other than a chicken enclosure unless for the purpose of transport;

(n) ensure that all chickens are kept within a secure and locked coop from dusk until dawn or from 9:00 p.m. where dusk falls later than 9:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m. where dawn occurs earlier than 7:00 a.m.;

(o) ensure that each chicken remains at all other times in the chicken enclosure;

(p) not deposit manure in the municipal sewage or storm drain system.

10.4

 

Topic: Development and Productive use of Agricultural Land, Education, Food Processing, Storage & Distribution, Food Sales, Access & Procurement

Sub-topics: demonstration farm, farmers' markets, food distribution, food processing, food storage, siting and coverage, zoning

Region: Capital | Document Type: Zoning Bylaw | Year: 2003

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Topic Sub-topic Policy or Policy Excerpt Document Location
development and productive use of agricultural land; siting and coverage;

See document for siting and coverage of buildings and structures for agriculture, single family dwelling and accessory uses. 1 

101.3 - 101.7 ; 125.4-125.8
education demonstration farm; See document for regulations of Rural Demonstration Farm Zone (A-1DF).2 schedule 103
food sales, access and procurement; farmers' markets See document for regulations of Rural Zone Farm Market Zone (A-3). schedule 120

food processing, storage and distribution;

food sales, access and procurement;

food distribution;

food storage5;

See document for regulations of Rural Commercial Zone (C-1R).3 schedule 812
food processing, storage and distribution;

food storage5;

food processing;

See document for regulations of Food Processing Zone (M-5). schedule 925

1 The majority of rural parcels in the District of Saanich are covered in the A1 and A4 zones, section 101 and 125 respectively. Reference:Food and Agriculture Policies and Regulations,  District of Saanich, retrieved December 2016 from http://www.saanich.ca/EN/main/community/agriculture-food-security/policies-regulations.html

2 " In 2006, the Capital Regional District transferred a piece of land zoned Utility (P-2) to the District of Saanich for the purpose of local sustainable agriculture. The District of Saanich rezoned the piece of land as Rural Zone (Demonstration Farm)(A-1DF). This land is now leased to the Haliburton Community Organic Farm Society, and is home to the Haliburton Community Organic Farm. The Society rents land to three farm businesses."  Reference: The Land Conservancy of BC, BC’s Farming and Food Future: Local Government Toolkit for Sustainable Food Production, published December 2009, retrieved December 2016.

3 "The C-18 Rural Commercial Zone was created to recognize the activities required for the sale and distribution of local agricultural products to the community."  Reference:Food and Agriculture Policies and Regulations,  District of Saanich, retrieved December 2016 from http://www.saanich.ca/EN/main/community/agriculture-food-security/policies-regulations.html

4 "The zoning bylaw permits food processing (and warehousing) in the M-5 Zone but not Rural Zones. "  Reference:Food and Agriculture Policies and Regulations,  District of Saanich, retrieved December 2016 from http://www.saanich.ca/EN/main/community/agriculture-food-security/policies-regulations.html

5 Warehousing is a permitted use in most industrial zones as well as select commercial zones. Reference:Food and Agriculture Policies and Regulations,  District of Saanich, retrieved December 2016 from http://www.saanich.ca/EN/main/community/agriculture-food-security/policies-regulations.html 

 

 

Topic: Food Sales, Access & Procurement

Sub-topics: local procurement

Region: Capital | Document Type: Policy | Year: 2012

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A policy outlining that all District of Saanich Divisions engaged in the purchase of food for operational needs, or engaged in leasing Saanich owned space to operators of food concessions, will ensure that when practical, both operationally and economically, 40% of purchases shall be local.

 

from http://www.saanich.ca/EN/main/local-government/bylaws.html#letter-l

Topic: Water Management

Sub-topics: water rate for agriculture

Region: Capital | Document Type: Regulatory Bylaw | Year: 2000

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The Water Utility Bytlaw outlines reduced rates for agricultural water service connection and water service connection to land that is classified as farm.

 

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Topic: Food Production, Urban Agriculture

Sub-topics: urban chickens, beekeeping/apiculture, pollinators, livestock

Region: Capital | Document Type: Regulatory Bylaw | Year: 2004

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Topic Sub-topic Policy or Policy Excerpt Document Location
food production;

urban chickens;

livestock;

POULTRY

38.1 No person shall keep any poultry on any parcel of land having an area less than 1,114.8 square metres (12,000 sq. ft.).

38.2 No person shall keep or harbour any poultry on any parcel of land larger than 1,114.8 square metres (12,000 sq. ft.) in greater numbers than specified below:

Parcel Area Maximum No. of Poultry Permitted

a) 1,114.8 m2 - 1,858 m2

(12,000 - 20,000 sq. ft.)

10

b) over 1,858 m2 - 0.4 ha

(20,000 - 43,056 sq. ft.)

30

c) over 0.4 ha

(43,056 sq. ft.)

no limit

 38.3 Notwithstanding s.38.1, a maximum of five hens are permitted on any parcel in a single family residential zone or rural zone having an area less than 1,114.8 m2 (12,000 sq. ft.) provided:...

See documents for additional regulations for the keeping of poultry. 

section 38-41

food production;

urban agriculture;

beekeeping/apiculture;

pollinators;

BEES

48.1 No person shall keep or harbour any bees on any parcel of land unless:

a) the parcel is located within any A Zone.

b) the parcel is located within any RS Zone and has an area greater than 465 m2 (5,005 sq. ft.).

Limitation

48.2 No person shall keep more than four hives on any parcel of land in any RS Zone.

Placement of Hives

49. Except where any hive or other device for the housing of bees is contained within a greenhouse, no person shall place any hive or any other device for the housing of bees on any parcel of land within 6.05 metres (20 feet) of any property line.

section 48-49

 

Topic: Food Production, Urban Agriculture

Sub-topics: livestock, pilot project, residential development

Region: Capital | Document Type: Pilot Program | Year: 2016

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In spring 2016, the District of Saanich Council approved a Pilot Study allowing miniature goats to be kept on a maximum of 10 single family zoned residential lots in order to explore opportunities for urban agriculture in residential settings.

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Topic: Food Sales, Access & Procurement

Sub-topics: farmers' markets

Region: Capital | Document Type: Regulatory Bylaw | Year: consolidated 2015

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A bylaw to regulate the operation of outdoor markets.

Topic: Food Production, Urban Agriculture

Sub-topics: beekeeping/apiculture, pollinators, livestock

Region: Capital | Document Type: Regulatory Bylaw | Year: consolidated 2015

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Topic Sub-topic Policy or Policy Excerpt Document Location

food production;

urbn agriculture;

beekeeping/apiculture;

pollinators;

livestock'

Requirements for keeping bees

21 (1) A person who keeps bees must (a) provide adequate water for the bees on the person’s property,

(b) maintain the bees in a condition that will reasonably prevent swarming, and

(c) keep hives at least 7.6 m away from each property line, unless there is a solid fence or hedge at least 1.8 m tall parallel to the property line.

(2) The Fence Bylaw applies to a fence erected in accordance with paragraph (1)(c).

 

section 21

 

Topic: Urban Agriculture

Sub-topics: urban gardens/orchard

Region: Capital | Document Type: Policy | Year: 2016

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A policy to outline the City of Victoria's support and criteria for community gardens on public and private land.