Municipal Bylaw Interpretation

Posted by Johannes Schenk on September 21st, 2006 — Posted in Municipal Law

Interpreting municipal bylaws can be a difficult task at the best of times. You need to rely on every aspect of the bylaw to properly assist your interpretation. It’s not often that you see the recitals relied on but it is proper and they should be considered in support of your position. For the folks that say recitals should not be relied on take a look at paragraph 98 of GVSDD v. Ecowaste Industries Ltd.,2006 BCSC 859. This is an example of the proper reliance on bylaw recitals to interpret a municipal bylaw.

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