BSL in BC

We reviewed the bylaws of British Columbia jurisdictions to determine where breed-specific bylaws exist in our province. The list is organized by region and includes communities with a population of 2000 or more. If you would like to add an entry, or if you spot an error on this page, please email info@dogbitefacts.org. Please not that this list is compiled for convenience only. For the most accurate information, please read the bylaw itself by following the associated link, by checking the City’s website, or by calling the City Clerk’s office.

 

Northern BC/Cariboo

Includes regional districts 20, 26, 23, 15, 22, 24, 2, 13, 14

Breed Specific Language
Dawson Creek (Bylaw 4122) – pit bull breeds deemed vicious; muzzle, leash, and containment requirements apply.

Fort Nelson (Bylaw 711) – pit bull breeds deemed dangerous; muzzle, leash, increased fees, containment, and signage requirements apply.

Prince George (Bylaw 7771) – pit bull breeds deemed restricted/dangerous; muzzle, leash, increased fees, containment, and signage requirements apply.

Prince Rupert (Bylaw 3250) – pit bull and some mastiff breeds deemed restricted; muzzle, leash, increased fees, containment, and signage requirements apply.

Breed Neutral Language
100 Mile House, Burns Lake, Chetwynd, Fort St. James, Fort St. John, Fraser Lake, Houston, Kitimat, Quesnel, Smithers, Terrace, Tumbler Ridge, Williams Lake, Vanderhoof.

 

Interior/Okanagan

Includes regional districts 2, 4, 29, 8, 19, 7, 6, 11, 16, 19, 21

Breed Specific Language
Castlegar (Bylaw 572) – pit bull breeds deemed vicious; muzzle, leash, containment and increased fee requirements apply.

Elkford (Bylaw 538) – pit bull breeds deemed restricted; muzzle and leash requirements apply.

Enderby (Bylaw 1469) – pit bull breeds deemed restricted but no specific requirements noted.

Fernie (Bylaw 1995) – pit bull breeds deemed dangerous; muzzle, leash, containment and increased fee requirements apply.

Nelson (Bylaw 2333) – pit bull breeds deemed vicious; muzzle, leash, containment, increased fees, and insurance requirements apply.

Osoyoos (Bylaw 1316) – pit bull breeds deemed restricted; muzzle and leash requirements apply.

Revelstoke (Bylaw 1758) – pit bull breeds deemed vicious; muzzle, leash, containment requirements apply. Increased license fees listed for “aggressive” and “dangerous” dogs but these are not defined in the bylaw.

Trail (Bylaw 1999) – pit bull breeds deemed vicious; muzzle, leash, containment, and increased fee requirements apply.

Breed Neutral Language
Armstrong, Chase, Clearwater, Coldstream, Cranbrook, Creston, Fruitvale, Golden, Grand Forks, Greenwood, Invermere, Kamloops, Kelowna, Keremeos, Kimberley, Logan Lake, Merritt, Oliver, Penticton, Princeton, Salmon Arm, Sicamous, Spallumcheen, Sparwood, Summerland, Vernon, West Kelowna.

 

Metro Vancouver/Fraser Valley

Includes regional districts 14, 12, 25

Breed Specific Language
Burnaby (Bylaw 1991) – pit bull breeds subject to muzzle, leash, containment and increased fees.

Richmond (Bylaw 7932) – pit bull breeds deemed dangerous; muzzle, leash, containment, and increased fee requirements apply.

West Vancouver (Bylaw 4545) – pit bull breeds deemed aggressive; leash and containment requirements apply.

Breed Neutral Language
Abbotsford, Anmore, Bowen Island, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Delta, Hope, Kent, Langley (City), Langley (Township), Lillooet, Maple Ridge, Mission, New Westminster, North Vancouver (City), North Vancouver (District), Pemberton, Pitt Meadows, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Squamish, Surrey, Vancouver, Whistler, White Rock.

 

Vancouver Island/Coast

Includes regional districts 17, 27, 9, 1, 5, 18, 10, 3, 23, 28

Ladysmith (Bylaw 1155) – pit bull breeds deemed restricted/dangerous; muzzle, leash, spay/neuter, containment, and increased fee requirements apply. Exemption provided for Canine Good Neighbour certification.

Nanaimo (Bylaw 4923) – pit bull breeds deemed restricted/vicious; muzzle, containment, and increased fee requirements apply. Exemptions provided for Canine Good Neighbour certification, Canadian Kennel Club registration, or specific dog training/dog trial activities.

North Cowichan (Bylaw 2856) – pit bull breeds deemed vicious; muzzle, leash, containment, and increased fee requirements apply. Exemption provided for Canadian Kennel Club registration.

Parksville (Bylaw 1524) – pit bull breeds deemed dangerous/aggressive; muzzle, containment, and increased fee requirements apply.

Breed Neutral Language
Campbell River, Colwood, Comox, Courtenay, Cumberland, Duncan, Esquimalt, Gibsons, Lake Cowichan, Lantzville, Langford, Metchosin, Saanich, Sechelt, Sidney, Sooke, Port Alberni, Port Hardy, Port McNeill, Powell River, Qualicum Beach, Victoria, View Royal.