The following by-laws affect the safety and well-being of the Tsawwassen First Nation Reserve residents and accordingly, each resident should be aware of the protection such by-laws provide. These By-laws are not meant to prevent individuals from activities, but rather are meant to ensure that the collective community is protected from activities that affect them. Readers are cautioned that the information herein is a summary only and a copy of the actual By-law should be consulted for complete information. Copies are available through the Band Office.

  1. Weapons By-law

    No person shall use a firearm, crossbow, restricted weapon, or prohibited weapon as defined by the Criminal Code of Canada.

    All persons while on the Reserve shall comply with the Requirements of the Criminal Code and the Firearms Act of Canada.

    Any Member of the Band may use a Firearm on the Reserve in accordance with a permit issued by the Chief of Firearms Officer of the Province of British Columbia (i.e. Hunting in season.)

    Penalty:

    Any person who violates any provision of this Act shall be liable to a fine not exceeding $1,000.00 or imprisonment not exceeding 30 days or both a fine and imprisonment.

  1. Animal Control By-law

    All animals on the reserve must be immunized in accordance with generally accepted veterinary standards.

    No more that 3 animals shall be kept at any one house (with the exception of dog or cat litters under the age of 4 months).

    All owners of animals shall keep the animal on a leash or penned up at all times.

    Any person who allows an animal to run loose on the reserve is guilty of an offense.

    All owners of animals shall, when the dog is on public or private property, immediately pick up and properly dispose of any waste left by the animal on the property.

    The owner of an animal which causes damage to any property is guilty of an offense.

    No owner of an animal shall punish or abuse such animal in any way that may be considered cruel or unnecessary.

    No owner of an animal shall permit such animal to bark, yelp, growl or otherwise annoy or disturb the peace of the Reserve residents.

    No person shall be permitted to establish or operate a facility for the boarding or treatment of animals, without the written consent of Chief & Council.

    Anyone owning a vicious animal must post a sign warning the public of such an animal.

    A vicious animal must, at all times be muzzled and kept on a leash or in a fenced area so as not to pose a danger to the public, in particular children.

    Penalties:

    • An animal found at large on the Reserve may be impounded and destroyed after 5 days if ownership is not claimed within that period.
    • If an animal bites a member of the public the animal may be impounded and held until a vet veterinary certifies the animal as safe.
    • If an animal is found to be diseased, an animal control officer or a peace officer may impound the animal and seek medical attention for the animal. The owner, if he/she is at fault for the condition of the animal shall be responsible for any such veterinary fees.
    • Any person may kill an animal that is running at large and is in the act of pursuing, attacking, injuring, killing or destroying another person or another animal that is tethered.
    • Every person who contravenes this By-law is guilty of an offense and subject to a fine to $1,000.00 or imprisonment or both.
  1. Removal and Trespass By-law

    • Everyone who trespasses on the Reserve commits an offense.
    • Any person who enters on the Reserve for a prohibited purpose commits an offense.
    • Prohibited purposes include:
    • Hunting or fishing
    • Hawking or peddling of wares and merchandise
    • Loitering
    • Soliciting financial assistance
    • Generally conducts himself/herself in such a manner whereby the community Members are concerned for their safety or the safety of their children.

    Penalty:
    A Peace Officer may order any person who trespasses on the Reserve or who frequents the Reserve for prohibited purpose, to leave the Reserve immediately.
    Should the individual refuse to leave the Peace Officer may use whatever force is necessary to remove that person from the Reserve.
    A person who violates any provision of this Act is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding $1,000.00 or to imprisonment for a period of 30 days or both.

  1. By-law for the Prevention of Noise:

    No person shall emit or cause or permit the emission of sound resulting from an act listed herein on the Reserve.

    1. Racing of any motorized vehicle
    2. The operation of a motor vehicle in such a way that the tires squeal.
    3. The operation of any device or vehicle without an effective exhaust muffling device in good order.
    4. The operation of a motor vehicle or a vehicle horn or other warning device except where required by law.
    5. No Person shall cause or permit of emission of sound listed below:
      1. Discharge of firearms
      2. Persistent barking, calling etc. of any pet for a period longer than 15 minutes.
      3. Fireworks
    6. No Person shall cause or permit of emission of sound except in the times listed below:
      1. Loudspeakers 8:00 AM- 1:00PM
      2. Yelling, shouting, or singing 6:00AM – 11:00PM
      3. Loading, unloading, delivering materials, refuse etc. 7:00AM – 11:00PM
      4. The operation of any household tools 7:00 AM-11:00 PM i.e. saws, drills

    Penalty
    A person who commits an offense under this By-law is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding $1,000.00 or to imprisonment not exceeding 30 days or both.

  1. A By-law for the Prevention of Disorderly Conduct and Nuisances:
    Any individual(s) who commits an act of disorderly conduct is guilty of an offense. Disorderly conduct includes:

    1. Fighting,
    2. Making or causing unreasonable noise,
    3. Using abusive language,
    4. Being drunk,
    5. Using offensive or indecent gestures of displays,
    6. Loitering,
    7. Exposing, firing, or discharging of any gun, pistol, or other firearm or using or threatening to use any other article as a weapon,
    8. Interfering in any manner with the orderly conduct of administrative, educational, recreational, health care, religious or ceremonial activities on the Reserve.

    Any individual who commits an act of nuisance is guilty of an offense. Nuisance includes:

    1. The abandonment of cars, household appliances or furniture,
    2. The storage of abandoned cars, household appliances of furniture,
    3. The dumping or storage of tires, garbage, or other refuse,
    4. The burning of tires, grass, garbage, leaves or other refuse,
    5. The discharges of any substance into the air,
    6. Noise

     
    Penalty:
    Any person who commits an offense under this By-law is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding $1,000.00 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 30 days or both.

  1. By-law for the Regulation of Traffic
    No person shall operate a motor vehicle on a Reserve road unless that person holds a valid driver’s license of a class appropriate to the type of vehicle being driven. No person shall operate a motor vehicle on Reserve road unless a valid insurance policy has been issued for that motor vehicle.
    All persons operating a motor vehicle on Reserve roads shall obey all traffic control devices whether they be traffic lights, signs, etc.
    No person shall attempt to remove, deface, destroy or otherwise interfere with any traffic control device.
    No person shall park a vehicle in a location where a traffic control device indicates that parking is prohibited.
    No person shall operate a motor vehicle on the Reserve where the weight including the load carried is greater than that allowed by this by-law.
    No person shall operate a motor vehicle on Reserve roads without due care and attention. No person shall operate a motor vehicle on Reserve roads without reasonable care and consideration for other persons on the Reserve road. or at a speed that is excessive relative to road, traffic, visibility, and weather conditions.
    The operator of a motor vehicle on Reserve roads shall before turning the vehicle signal his/her intention to do so.
    The operator or any person in charge of a vehicle that collides with an unattended vehicle on a Reserve road shall stop and locate and notify in writing the person in charge of the motor vehicle or leave a written notice on the windshield containing his/her name and address and telephone number.
    When the operator of a motor vehicle is involved in an accident, he/she must stop immediately or remain at the scene of the accident and render all reasonable assistance to anyone injured in the accident.
    Whenever the operator of a motor vehicle is involved in an accident where someone is inured or the damage to property exceeds $500.00 the operator of the vehicle must report the accident to the police.
    Whenever a vehicle interferes with the normal flow of traffic on the Reserve, is parked in contravention of this By-law or has been abandoned for a period of 72 hours or longer, such vehicle may be impounded by a peace officer with all costs of such impounding, the responsibility of the owner of the vehicle.
    Penalty
    Any person who contravenes this By-law is guilty of an offense and is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding $1000.00 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 30 days, or to both. Community service in lieu of a fine may be imposed.