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Municipal Boundary Extension Criteria Guide Interim Update


Effective May 29, 2008, the legislative provisions governing municipal boundary extensions were changed.

Section 20 of the Local Government Act, which outlines the process requirements for a municipal boundary extension, was amended to formalize the manner in which a municipal council confirms that it has the approval of the municipal electorate to proceed with the boundary extension process.

Approval of the electors may be obtained either by conducting a vote or conducting an alternative approval process. Approval of the electors is granted if a majority of voters support the boundary extension in a referendum or if less than ten percent of municipal electors request a vote on the issue in response to the statutory advertising. (84 KB)

The municipal council may choose which process to undertake, and may follow an alternative approval process with a referendum. A boundary extension proposal cannot proceed if municipal electors with hold approval in a referendum.

Questions regarding the municipal boundary extension process may be directed to:

Local Government Structure Branch
Ministry of Community Development
PO Box 9839 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria BC V8W 9T1
Phone: 250-387-4054

Questions regarding the alternative approval process may be directed to:

Local Government Advisory Services Branch
Ministry of Community and Rural Development
PO Box 9839 Stn. Prov. Govt.
Victoria, BC V8W 9T1
Phone: (250) 387-4020

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