Building, Bylaw, Licensing and Legal Services Department

Lands Division
  • Provides real estate and appraisal services to Council and departments.
  • Buys and sells property on Saanich’s behalf.
  • Manages all leased or rented properties owned by Saanich.
  • Negotiates the acquisition of rights-of-way.
  • Manages third party inquiries regarding property acquisition or disposition from Saanich in accordace with Council's Real Property Disposition Policy.
Legal Division
  • Gives legal advice internally to Council and other departments. (Residents requiring legal advice should retain their own independent Solicitor).
  • Prepares covenants, new bylaws and bylaw amendments, contracts/agreements and real estate documentation for Saanich. Any questions regarding same can be directed to the Legal Division.
  • Manages all types of litigation including damage claims, bylaw prosecutions and labour arbitrations. 
  • Does Saanich require a Section 219 Covenant be registered against your property as part of your development, rezoning, subdivision or strata application? Click here for more information on the process.
Risk Management Division
  • Protects Saanich’s assets, employees, volunteers and citizens from loss, damage or injury.
  • Promotes policies and procedures designed to prevent incidents from occurring and reduce the effects of incidents.
  • Performs building and plumbing inspections.
  • Helps respond to zoning inquiries.
  • Issues and helps the public with various construction permits.
Bylaw enforcement
  • Bylaw staff respond to bylaw complaints and work with residents to avoid infractions.
Business licensing
  • Issues and updates business licenses.