Lake Country, BC – Blasting permits now required in Lake Country
Council adopted Blasting Bylaw 965, 2016 setting out regulations for blasting in Lake Country. Blasting permits can be issued for 90-days and will require a pre-blast survey, notifications and reporting. Council also put fines of $500 in place for failing to comply with the bylaw by adopting MTI Amendment Bylaw 966, 2016 and Bylaw Notice Enforcement Amendment Bylaw 967, 2016.
The general absence of blasting regulations in the District of Lake Country has allowed for some individuals to conduct blasting activities without taking into consideration the effects on the community.
“Following significant cases of blasting in the community in urban and rural locations, residents in impacted areas voiced their concerns,” said Mark Koch, Director of Community Services. “With the expected growth in development in Lake Country and proposals contained in the Official Community Plan, it is beneficial for the District to have a Blasting Bylaw.” In November 2015, Council directed staff to review best practices for British Columbia municipalities related to blasting bylaws.
“Blasting can allow for the creation of new areas of development but must be monitored by engineers, blasters, regulators, and project supervisors in order to maintain the stability of the earth where they are excavating,” said Michael Mercer, Director of Engineering and Environmental Services. “If not supervised and regulated, complaints of vibrations and instability of pre‐existing foundations of structures on neighbouring properties occur.”
The new Blasting Bylaw for the District of Lake Country incorporates the top elements of bylaws in ten different communities (including Peachland, West Kelowna, Penticton, Port Coquitlam, Abbotsford and West Vancouver), taking into consideration the unique characteristics of the surrounding communities and environments of Lake Country.
Blasting activities will be restricted to between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday (excluding holidays), with violation penalties upon conviction reaching up to $10,000. In addition, the property owner must indemnify and defend the municipality against any legal claims arising from blasting activities on their property. Blasting operations must be posted and neighbours notified of blasting activity.
The District of Lake Country’s Blasting Bylaw has been developed in compliance with the Provincial legislation surrounding the Occupational Health and Safety Act (2010) that outlines the best practices for blasting to ensure the safety of employees on the construction site through guidelines formed by WorkSafeBC. The bylaw also falls under s.8 and s.15 of the Community Charter and follows local regulation Bylaw 857 (Nuisance Bylaw), 2013.
For more information contact:
Director of Engineering and Environmental Services, District of Lake Country
10150 Bottom Wood Lake Road, Lake Country, BC
Tel 250-766-5650 (x223)