Pet Bylaws

What to Know about Pet Bylaws

1. Pet Restrictions

Strata corporations can restrict owners, tenants and other occupants from keeping pets or certain kinds of pets through the bylaws of the strata corporation. The bylaws might do any of the following:
• limit the number of pets that can be kept;
• provide restrictions on keeping pets, such as leashing them in common areas;
• limit the kind of pets that can be kept, such as no dogs, or no dogs over 20 kilograms; and
* require pets to be registered with the strata council.

2. Pet Restrictions Under the Standard Bylaws

Standard Bylaw 3(4) provides that: an owner, tenant or occupant must not keep any pets on a strata lot other than one or more of the following
• a reasonable number of fish or other small aquarium animals;
• a reasonable number of small caged mammals
• up to two caged birds;
• one dog or one cat

The Standard Bylaws also require owners, tenants, occupants or visitors to ensure that all animals are leashed or otherwise secured when on the common property or on land that is a common asset.

3. Strata Corporations that Do Not Wish to Adopt Standard Bylaw 3(4)Strata corporations can disapply Standard Bylaw 3(4) at any time by filing their own bylaw which deals with pets in the Land Title Office.

4. “Grandfathering “ (i.e. Exempting) Pets Living in Strata Lots when Pet Bylaws Change If a strata corporation creates a new pet bylaw that restricts the keeping of pets, pets, that are living in a strata lot with an owner, tenant or occupant at the time that the bylaw is passed (i.e. not the date when the bylaw is filed in the Land Title Office) then those pets may continue to live in that strata unit.

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