If you plan to buy a strata property and you have pets, it’s important to find out whether they’re allowed and if there are restrictions
Under BC’s Strata Property Act and Regulation, strata corporations can restrict pets through the bylaws of the strata corporation.
Pet restrictions under the Standard Bylaws
Strata corporations typically use the Strata Property Act’s Standard Bylaw 3(4) as a guideline.
It specifies that an owner, tenant, or occupant must not keep any pets other than:
- a reasonable number of fish or other small aquarium animals
- a reasonable number of small caged mammals
- up to two caged birds and
- one dog or one cat.
The Standard Bylaws also require owners and tenants to ensure pets are leashed or secured while on the strata’s common property or on land that is a common asset.
Strata pet bylaws
Strata corporations can also pass their own bylaws dealing with pets by creating and then filing the bylaw in the Land Title Office.
Strata bylaws can
- prohibit pets
- limit the number of pets you can keep
- restrict pets, such as requiring you to leash your pet in common areas
- limit the kind of pets, such as no dogs, or no dogs over 20 kilograms and
- require pets to be registered with the strata council.
Bylaw exemption for service animals
An owner or tenant with a disability who depends on a service animal is allowed by law to have the animal live with them.
What about new pet bylaws?
If you already have a furry or feathered friend and your strata corporation creates a new pet bylaw restricting pets, typically your pet can continue to live in your strata unit.
You likely won’t be able to get another pet unless your new pet meets pet bylaw requirements. Remember, not everyone likes pets.
You will have to take care to ensure your pet doesn’t disturb neighbours or prevent the quiet enjoyment of their property.
Take a few minutes and read this document. If you have questions, contact your Royal Pacific Realty Group REALTOR® at 604.266.8989.