Bylaw Enforcement Officers work with citizens within the residential and business communities to ensure that the Fort St. John basic community standards are maintained at a high level. The Bylaw Enforcement department enforces approximately 20 different bylaws and is responsible for:
- Investigating bylaw complaints
- Enforcing bylaw regulations and standards
- Achieving resolutions to bylaw infractions through voluntary compliance or enforcement
- Public education
While there are certain areas of enforcement that are safety related and require proactive enforcement, the majority of these bylaws are enforced on a complaint only basis. This ensures that the Bylaw Enforcement Officers are serving the needs of the community and that the complaints received are of high importance.
Bylaw Enforcement Officers enforce bylaws to deal with common complaints such as:
- Traffic Enforcement
- Unsightly Premises
- Garbage Cart Offenses
- Sidewalk Snow Removal
- Animal Control & Licensing
Reporting a Bylaw Infraction
When reporting an incident it is helpful to provide as much information as possible to enable conclusive and timely responses by our officers. If the concern relates to private property (i.e.. noise, garbage) providing the address is essential. Bylaw Enforcement Officers investigate complaints on private and City owned lands, to ensure compliance with bylaws and regulations are met, to maintain a high level of public safety and neighbourhood protection.
The Bylaw Enforcement Officers approach each complaint differently, but a compliance-based response to a complaint initiates proactive prevention through a range of approaches including inspections, alternate dispute resolution, education and, if necessary enforcement.
If you would like to report a Bylaw infraction please call the Bylaw Enforcement Department or use the Report a Problem feature.