Pets in Vancouver Strata Rules and Bylaws

pets and condosOur pets are part of the family and our hearts. As pet owner real estate buyer, when purchasing a townhouse or a condo for sale in Vancouver, we all must be careful to examine the strata documents specially when it comes to its provincial rules and bylaws.

When we talk about pets, we mostly refer to cats and dogs, but there are folks who have different pets, like Fish, birds, lizards, small piglets, and so on.

Every strata in BC must have bylaws and may have rules and it applies to all owners and tenants residing in the strata. The strata council is responsible for enforcing the rules and bylaws of the strata. bylaws govern the strata lot as well as the strata common property, but rules only govern the common property, not the strata lot.

As a pet owner, always ask for a copy of strata documents of the building or complex you have an interest of making an offer. These documents must be always available for buyers review and they are easy to read and understand.
When looking at the bylaws, scroll down to Pet section and review of what type of pet the strata allows and what restriction applies.
In this section of the bylaws, strata define what type and how many pets an owner can have in their unit. It also clearly explains the size and weight restriction.
Some strata don’t allow fish tanks or aquarium of any size due to the possibility of the water tank breakage and leaks.
When it comes to our furry friends, some strata don’t allow dogs but are fine with limited number of cats. This can be due to the dogs barking and noise.
Weight and size also is very important factor. In many cases, a buyer assumed the strata will be ok and lenient of a few extra pound weight of their pet dog, and unfortunately that was not the case and they had to pay fines and penalties to strata council.

Some strata also restrict some type of dogs like Pitbull, due to the trend of news that these types are more aggressive than others. (this decision comes from strata votes and the council)
Standard bylaws of BC allows 2 dogs or 2 cats with no weight or height restriction.
Most newer built buildings and complex have standard bylaws with less pet restriction.

When it comes to the other pet kinds, it is important that the buyer investigate the bylaws and fully understand about its pet restriction.
Have any question on how to review rules and bylaws? I’d be happy to help.