New Resident Information

Welcome to Sidney!

Here is some information you may find valuable as you settle into the community.

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 could help a lost pet be returned home safely. Dog owners may be subject to fines if a dog does not have a valid/current dog tag. Licenses must be renewed annually. Town Hall sends out renewal slips each January.

Call the CRD Animal Control at 250-478-0624 for animal complaints or problems.

Utilities include water, sewer and garbage. Meters are read quarterly and based on your level of consumption; current water rates and sewer changes can be found on the Town’s Water & Sewer Utilities page. Please 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.

Every business in Sidney is required to have a valid business licence or inter-municipal business licence before beginning operations. This includes home-based, commercial, industrial and non-resident operations.

Visit the Apply for a Business Licence page for more information, and contact the Town at 250-656-1725 or if you have any questions.

Tax Notices are mailed out in May with payment due the first business day of July.

Additional information, including payment options and tax rates from previous years, can be found on the Property Taxes page.

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 Sidney Town Hall or Thrifty Foods Sidney for $7.50 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, visit our  Garbage & Kitchen Organics page.

Blue box recycling is a CRD run program, included in your Regional District taxes. This collection is biweekly curbside service, with items out by 7am.

For additional information, including your collection schedule and details on what can be recycled, visit CRD’s Blue Box Program  or call the CRD’s Recycling Hotline at 250-360-3030

Items for monthly Yard & Garden Waste collection must be placed at curbside, prior to 7am, twice a month on your collection day.  The contract allows for three garbage cans without lids / compostable craft paper yard waste bags, with a maximum volume of 80L and 20kg (44lbs) each.  Oversized cans / paper bags are permitted, provided you only fill them to the maximum amounts.

Alternatively, you can put out additional cans / paper 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 $6.00 each.

For more detailed information, visit our  Yard & Garden Waste page.

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

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 on public property 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.

Public Parks and their 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

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 am to 4:00 pm.
Phone: 250-656-0614

Sidney Council meets every second and fourth Monday of each month at 6:00 pm at the Town Hall in the Council Chambers, except if posted otherwise.

Agendas, minutes, and meeting live stream videos are available on our  Council Meeting Portal.

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.

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.

Visit our  Community Planning page  for more information.

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.

Visit our  Building Permits and Inspections page  for more information.

The Town’s bylaws promote community liveability and assist in maintaining community standards in zoning, business licencing, property maintenance, noise and parking.

For questions regarding bylaws, contact the Town at 250-656-4502

To report a bylaw complaint, fill out our  Bylaw Enforcement form, or call 250-656-4502

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. All parking fines payments and appeals are handled by Robbins Parking.

Please visit Robbins Parking or call 250-382-4439 for details on where fines can be paid and information on the appeal process.

The Town offers plenty of free public parking, including several public parking lots. Long term pay parking options are available for some of the public parking lots, with monthly or annual passes available for purchase at Town Hall. A twenty-four hour parking restriction is enforced with the intention of encouraging people not to use our streets as free parking lots while they travel via the ferry or airport.

Any parking in Sidney not otherwise marked has a maximum twenty-four hour limit.

Visit our Parking Information page for more information.

Please feel free to contact us:

Call us: 250-656-1184
Email us at
Write to us at Town of Sidney, 2440 Sidney Avenue, Sidney BC V8L 1Y7

Visit the Town Hall at 2440 Sidney Avenue
Office Hour: Monday to Friday – 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.