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
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 BranchQuestions regarding the alternative approval process may be directed to:
Local Government Advisory Services Branch
Enquiry BC - Enquiry BC is a provincial call centre that provides
services to all British Columbia residents from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday.