Unsightly Premises

  • No owner or occupier of real property shall cause or allow the property to become or to remain unsightly or permit filth, discarded material, rubbish or noxious matter to accumulate on the property.
  • The definition of "unsightly" includes:
    • the accumulation of building material, unless the owner or occupier of the parcel is in possession of a valid building permit in respect of the materials or it is stored in a closed building or structure such that the accumulation is not visible from another property or the road;
    • notwithstanding the City's Zoning Bylaw, the storage or accumulation of all or part of a vehicle, as defined in the Motor Vehicle Act, which is not validly registered and licensed in accordance with the Motor Vehicle Act or capable of movement under its own power, unless stored in a closed building or structure such that the vehicle, or any portion of the vehicle, is not visible from another property or the road;
    • the accumulation of filth, discarded materials or rubbish of any kind, whether or not for commercial purposes or as part of a trade, including but not limited to dead animals, paper, glass, metal, plastics, wire, ropes, machinery, tires, appliances, and any other scrap or salvage;
    • the accumulation or deposit of discarded or fallen building materials, including the surface, covering, or coating of a building or structure, or the building or structure itself or part of it which is missing all or a portion of its surface, covering, or coating materials;
    • the use of any premises, other than a parcel zoned for industrial uses pursuant to the City's Zoning Bylaw, for the storage, repair, cleaning, maintenance, or servicing of mechanical equipment including bulldozers, graders, backhoes, or other similar equipment;
    • the presence of graffiti, whether in the form of pictures or words, on real property or on the surface of a premises located on the real property;
    • the accumulation of garbage not contained in a covered receptacle.
  • A Bylaw Enforcement Officer may enter any real property at all reasonable times to ascertain whether the Unsightly Premises Bylaw is being observed, to gather evidence on any violation, or to serve any notice related to any violation of the bylaw.
  • In the event the owner or occupier of an unsightly premises fails within ten days of a notice to tidy the property, the City may call a public hearing and Council may pass a resolution to either direct the City to give effect to the order, extend the order or revoke the order.
  • Where Council does order a removal, the City by its officers, employees, contractors, or agents may enter on the property and effect the removal or clearance at the expense of the owner or occupier. The cost of the removal is due and payable immediately. Where the cost remains unpaid by the end of the year, it will be added to and form part of the taxes on the property as taxes in arrears.

NOTE: This information guide is provided as a general reference only. A complete certified copy of the bylaw is available for reading or purchase from the Clerk's Department at the City Hall, 8550 Young Road, Chilliwack, Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., [604]793-2986.