Housing is an important part of community and
regional planning. Through the
Local Government Act
and the Community Charter,
local governments have been empowered with a range of planning and legislative tools to implement housing
Provisions in the
Land Title Act are expected to encourage more communities to approve the construction of
freehold row-housing, an affordable and environmentally sustainable form of housing. The legislation
ensures that party wall agreements, which outline obligations and entitlements, are transferred with the
sale of the property. More
information can be found on the Office of Housing and Construction Standards website.
The publications below were produced by the
Ministry of Community, Sport
and Cultural Development and the Office of Housing and Construction Standards to support local governments in
developing housing policy.
This information may also be of interest to others; including private sector developers and non-profit housing
Planning for Housing 2004: An Overview
of Local Government Initiatives 2004 (PDF, 632KB)
- The guide provides examples of the initiatives undertaken by local governments in British Columbia to encourage the
development of housing options.
A Local Government Guide for
Improving Market Housing Affordability 2005 (PDF, 4.5MB)
- The guide illustrates how local governments across British Columbia are working to increase the supply
and general affordability of market housing. It highlights effective practices and provides practical information for
planners, local government officials, non-profit housing providers and private sector developers.
Rental Housing Planning Guide 2002 (PDF, 443KB)
- The guide provides tools for local government to promote the preservation of existing and the construction of new rental
housing. The guide contains strategies for small and large communities to use when working with the housing sector
to meet the rental housing needs of residents.
Supportive Housing for Seniors: A
Policy and Bylaw Guide 1999 (PDF, 160KB)
- The guide addresses the challenges of providing housing for an aging population. The guide includes information for
local governments on drafting policies, bylaws and guidelines as well as encouraging and evaluating proposals for
supportive housing developments.
Secondary Suites: A Guide for Local
Governments 2005 (PDF, 2.6MB)
- The guide is designed to help local governments develop and implement secondary suite programs. The guide highlights
practices intended to promote affordable rent, tenant security, and suite quality as well as provide
practical information for elected officials, planners, and others.
Standards of Maintenance Bylaw Guide and
Sample Bylaw 1996
- The guide is intended to help local governments develop a Standards of Maintenance bylaw to ensure that rental
housing meets minimum standards of comfort and safety. A model standards of maintenance bylaw has been included as well as some suggestions to help ensure
the bylaw meets community needs.