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New Resident Information

As a new resident you may find the following information useful ...

Dogs …

Make sure to obtain an annual license for all dogs over the age of six months. Your dog will be issued a tag to wear with a number on it that will help return your pet to you if it strays from home. You could be subject to fines if your dog does not have a valid/current dog tag. Licenses must be renewed annually - the Town Hall will send out renewal slips each January. Call the CRD Animal Control at 250-478-0624 for complaints or problems.

Utilities ...

Utilities include water, sewer and garbage. Meters are read quarterly and based on your level of consumption; water and sewer are calculated at $6.27/1,000 gallons and $7.40/1,000 gallons respectively. You should note that there is a 5% penalty on late payments. Please watch for watering restriction announcements in the summer, or contact CRD Water at 250-474-9684 for more information.

Business Licences…

Every business in Sidney is required to have a valid business licence or intermunicipal business licence before beginning operations. This includes home-based, commercial, industrial and non-resident operations. Contact the Town at 250-656-1725 for more information.

Property Taxes …

Tax Notices are mailed out in May with payment due the first business day of July. If you are eligible for the Home Owner Grant (HOG), an application must be filed each year in order to claim the grant. You may complete the form attached to your tax notice or claim the HOG directly through the Town's website using our Online Services.

Garbage & Kitchen Organics ...

Items for Garbage and Kitchen Organics Waste collection must be placed at curbside, prior to 7am, weekly on your collection day.  The contract allows for one garbage can/bag with a maximum volume of 80L and 20Kg (44lbs).  Oversized cans are permitted, provided you only fill it to the maximum amounts.  Alternately, you can put out additional cans/bags provided they have a sticker affixed indicating you have paid for them.  Stickers can be purchased at the Town Hall or Sidney Thrifty Foods for $4.00 each.  Please use the wheeled green curbside container provided for kitchen organics collection.  If you choose to contain your materials, please ensure to use certified compostable bags or newspaper.  Regular plastic or biodegradable bags are not acceptable.

For more detailed information on the Town's program click here.

Recycling / Blue Box...

Blue box/bag recycling is a CRD run program, included in your Regional District taxes.  This collection is biweekly curbside service, with items out by 7am.  The current schedule is every other Monday.  For additional information, call the CRD Recycling Hotline at 250-360-3030 or click here.

Compostable Yard & Garden Waste…

Items for monthly Yard & Garden Waste collection must be placed at curbside, prior to 7am, monthly on your collection day.  The contract allows for three clear plastic bags / garbage cans without lids, with a maximum volume of 80L and 20kg (44lbs) each.  Oversized bags / cans are permitted, provided you only fill them to the maximum amounts.  Alternatively, you can put out additional clear bags / cans provided they have a sticker affixed indicating you have paid for them.  Stickers can be purchased at the Town Hall or Sidney Thrifty Foods for $3.50 each.

For more detailed information click here.

Home Winter Preparedness ...

Please make sure that your house is ready for the wet and cold winter months- check and clean any downspouts, gutters and perimeter house and garden drains.

Snow …

Snow removal on the sidewalk in front of your dwelling is the responsibility of the resident. The Town will keep major arterial and collector streets clear of snow and ice.

Engineering & Public Works …

The Town is responsible for the construction and maintenance of roads, sidewalks, curbs, gutters, water, sanitary and storm sewers. Call us first for any sewer, storm or domestic water problems at 250-656-4502. The Town will not pay contractor’s bills if the problem was the Town’s and we are not called until after the fact.

Parks…

Public Parks and its facilities are available for use to all individuals, organizations and groups for special events by completing a Parks Use Application form and submitting it to the Town. For more information, please call the Town at 250-656-4502.

Driver Services …

Our Driver Services office located at 9884 Third Street (behind Town Hall) is open to help you with driver license services, Autoplan insurance, BC identification cards and traffic fines. Hours of operation are Monday to Friday – 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Phone: 250-656-0614.

Town Council & Administration …

Sidney Town Council meets every second and fourth Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the Town Hall in the Council Chambers, except if posted otherwise.  Agendas and minutes are available at the Administration Office.

Volunteering in your Community …

There are many organizations and agencies in the Town of Sidney that require volunteer assistance.  Also, the Town depends on citizen volunteers to serve on Committees, Commissions and Boards.

Planning & Development…

The Town is involved in both current and long range planning and development. The Town has adopted a Zoning Bylaw, Official Community Plan Bylaw and Downtown/Downtown Waterfront Local Area Plan to guide us in developing vibrant urban spaces.

Building Permits…

The Building Department is responsible for reviewing and approving plans for building, plumbing, signs and fire protection to ensure compliance with the BC Building Code, Fire Codes and applicable municipal bylaws. Please call the Town at 250-656-1725 to set up an inspection.

Bylaw Enforcement …

The Town's bylaws promote community liveability and assist in maintaining community standards in zoning,business licencing, property maintenance, noise and parking. Questions regarding bylaws contact the Town at 250-656-1725.

Street Parking …

Parking on the street is permitted up to a maximum twenty-four hour period, unless otherwise posted. Vehicles parked on the street cannot exceed twenty feet in length in the downtown core. Parking violations can be paid online at www.easypark.ca or by mail to: Easy Park, 209 - 700 West Pender Street, Vancouver, BC V6C 1G8. Questions regarding payments please call Easy Park: 1-855-682-0555. Disputes call The Commissionaires: 250-208-6165.

Public Parking ...

Public parking lots are located at: Sidney Ave. and Fourth St. (3-hour parking); off Third St. between Sidney Ave. and Beacon Ave. (3-hour parking); Seventh St. between Beacon and Bevan Ave. (3-hour parking); corner of Third St. & Bevan Ave. and selected spots underground at the Pier Hotel, Seaport Place, North of Beacon Ave. (2-hour parking). Monthly or Annual permits available for purchase at Town Hall. There is also a pay parking lot at the corner of Second St. and Bevan Ave. which can accommodate hourly, daily or long-term parking (i.e. beyond 24 hours). Call 250-656-1184 for more information. The Town has five Level 2 charging stations for Electric Vehicles.

More questions?…

Please feel free to contact us by phone at 250-656-1184, in person at the Town Hall at 2440 Sidney Avenue, Monday to Friday - 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., or write to us at Town of Sidney, 2440 Sidney Avenue, Sidney BC V8L 1Y7.