Municipal Limitation Periods

Posted by Johannes Schenk on May 25th, 2006 — Posted in Municipal Law

Most municipal legislative schemes give municipalities a break on limitation periods. Mostly for good reason. Municipalities are big creatures and undertake activity in a wide variety of areas. Actions hiding under the carpet for several years or more would make the municipality a sitting target and your tax dollars go up.

You should be aware that in British Columbia you must:

1. Notify a municipality of the incident that has caused you a problem within two months of the date that the incident occurred; and

2. Begin your law suit against a municipality within six months of the date of the incident that occurred.

There are some exception to these rules but the arguments are technical and a challenge even for skilled counsel. They also only apply to specific fact patterns.

Two months notice, six months action. Easy to remember and easy to apply.

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