Special Events

Contact Information

If you have questions about holding a special event, please contact:

Ryan Wainwright
SLRD Emergency Program Manager
Telephone: (604) 698-6442
Email: rwainwright@slrd.bc.ca

Special events are a way for the community to come together and celebrate. Special events include weddings, sporting competitions and races, concerts and festivals, cultural celebrations, parades, and even memorial services. In the SLRD, a special event requires a permit if 200 or more people attend.

There are three classes of Special Event Permits:

  • Class I - Events with 200 - 499 attendees
  • Class II - Events with 500 - 999 attendees
  • Class III - Events with 1,000 or more attendees

Please note, that a Special Event Permit is not meant to serve as de-facto commercial zoning.  Appropriate zoning or a temporary use permit is required for a property owner to host commercial (for-profit) special events. Therefore, if a property is not zoned to allow for Commercial Public Assembly Uses or Events, a Temporary Use Permit or a Rezoning is required.   In addition, for those events with 200 people or more,  a Special Event Permit is also required. For properties located in the Agricultural Land Reserve, a non-farm use application (and approval) are also required, if the use is not allowed under Agricultural Land Commission regulations. 

Private family weddings, family reunions, etc., which are hosted on family property, are not considered to be commercial events, however, such special events having 200 people or more will require a Special Event Permit.

Special Events Permit Application

Frequently Asked Questions

Relevant SLRD Bylaws & Policies

Additional Resources

 

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