As a pet owner, it is important to familiarize yourself with the District’s policies around pet care.
The District’s policies are outlined in the following bylaws:
We do not have jurisdiction on issues involving wildlife or animal cruelty. We can assure compliance to basic standards of animal care required under the Animal Control Bylaw, but the provincial SPCA Cruelty Investigators are responsible for the enforcement of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and wildlife issues are the responsibility of the BC Conservation Officer Service.
Properties within the District of Sparwood are restricted to a maximum of 5 dogs or cats (or combination of). Farm animals are permitted within certain areas of the District, however, they are restricted to the areas defined under Schedule B of the Animal Control Bylaw.
Areas around Municipal water wells may have additional restrictions on the number and types of animals. Please contact us for more information.
Horses are permitted within the District on an occasional basis as long as they are securely tethered at all times and are not kept overnight or longer than 4 consecutive hours between the hours of 8:00 pm and 8:00 am.
The keeping of bees is only permitted within Agricultural zones.
The operation of kennels for the treatment, care, or boarding in excess of 5 animals are restricted to Agricultural and Light Industrial zones, with the exception of pet stores which are permitted within the Highway Commercial zone under the Zoning Bylaw.
The District’s Animal Control Bylaw states that owners must not permit their animals to be at large or unsecured, trespass onto private property, or become a public nuisance. Animal owners are required to remove any excrement left in a public place and cannot keep more than 5 animals on a property unless zoned as “Agricultural”.
The following table reflects the applicable fines when a person violates the above restrictions:
|1st Offence||2nd Offence||3rd & Subsequent Offence|
|Animal unlawfully on private property||$100||$150||$200|
|Unsecured grazing animal||$100||$100||$100|
|Too many animals||$100||$150||$200|
|Unlawfully keep farm animal||$100||$150||$200|
|Unlawfully keep bee hives||$100||$100||$100|
Note* Fines are reduced by 50% if paid within 30 days of ticket issuance.