Regulating Agri-Tourism and Farm Retail Sales in the Agriculture Land Reserve

By Pushor Mitchell LLP

The B.C. Ministry of Agriculture has prepared a discussion paper to seek input into a draft Minister’s Bylaw Standard to assist local government bylaw development regulating agri-tourism, agri-tourism accommodation and farm retail sales in the Agricultural Land Reserve.

The discussion paper including the proposed Minister’s Bylaw Standards and submit comments are available here: September 2015 Discussion Paper

The consultation on the proposed Minister’s Bylaw Standard is open and will close at midnight PST, January 15, 2016.

Local governments and agri-tourism operators are also invited to submit comments by email or letter to the following address:

Ministry of Agriculture Strengthening Farming Program
1767 Angus Campbell Road
Abbotsford, B.C. Canada V3G 2M3
AgriServiceBC@gov.bc.ca

Consultation has been extended to ensure all involved have adequate time to respond.

Based on the input received, staff will prepare any necessary revisions and submit it for the Minister’s approval.

If approved, the definitions and bylaw standard criteria in Part 4 of the document will be incorporated in the ‘Guide for Bylaw Development in Farming Areas’ pursuant to Section 916 of the Local Government Act.