City of Langford

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Land Use, Home Business & Unlicenced Vehicles

Land use contrary to the property's zoning as set out in the Zoning Bylaw [PDF - 6.5 MB] can result in some of the largest, most complex files for the department. Unpermitted land use may underlay a wide range of problems including inordinate traffic volume, parking congestion, unsightly premise, and noise. Home occupations, for example, can become so successful they alter the residential character of a neighbourhood. What appears an unsightly premise issue may in fact be salvage and recycling in excess of the hobby level .

In Langford, properties may contain only one unenclosed, unlicenced vehicle (not counting RVs) kept in a side or rear yard, but no unenclosed vehicle parts. Note that a vehicle carrying storage insurance is not “licenced” according to the bylaw. A proliferation of unlicenced vehicles or parts on a property or the street may indicate an auto repair business, auto sales (curbing), or pay-parking.

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