Can an Animal Control Officer enter private property?

Yes. An Animal Control Officer will attempt to contact a property owner prior to entering, by means of knocking on a front door or ringing a doorbell. However, the officer can legally enter private property at all reasonable times to inspect and verify compliance with applicable bylaws.

  • Entry of property does not include entering dwellings, residences, or other locked buildings.
  • "Reasonable times" typically means during business hours on weekdays.

The authority to enter private property is provided to Animal Control Officers and Bylaw Enforcement Officers under Section 284 of the Local Government Act, Section 16 of the Community Charter and Section 8 of the CSRD Bylaw Enforcement Policy (A-69).

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1. What is the role of an Animal Control Officer?
2. Can an Animal Control Officer enter private property?
3. Why can a dog be impounded by Animal Control?
4. What does “At Large” mean?
5. If a dog is impounded by Dog Control, will it be euthanized after 72 hours?
6. Is there a maximum number of dogs that I can own?
7. My dogs bark to protect my livestock. Will I face fines for noise?
8. Are Dog Licences required?
9. Can I voluntarily licence my dog in Electoral Area D?