City of Langford

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Unsightly Premises, Dumping or Squatters

The term “unsightly” applies quite narrowly to properties with accumulations of garbage, interior furniture or appliances out in the yard, graffiti, pet feces, derelict trailers, etc. Poorly maintained and unsafe properties are not regulated by the Unsightly Premises Bylaw [PDF - 386 KB] nor are weeds or overgrown lawns. Overgrown lawns are not a high fire hazard due to the low fuel load they contain.

Dumping garbage on any open land is illegal under municipal, regional district, and provincial law; however, unauthorized use of a garbage bin is “theft of service” and is not a bylaw matter. Squatter camps are investigated for the public safety risk of garbage accumulations, hazardous waste, and unlawful fires.

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