(Phil McLachlan - West K News)

(Phil McLachlan - West K News)

West Kelowna looks to increase fines for nuisance properties

Council to consider ‘firm but fair’ fee increase for properties requiring frequent RCMP, bylaw, fire crew visits

West Kelowna is looking to increase penalties five-fold on residences and properties that require frequent visits from Mounties, bylaw officers and firefighters.

Currently, the city fines the owners of properties where recurrent responses from emergency crews and municipal workers $100 in most cases. On Tuesday night, city council considered increasing penalties for those “nuisance calls” to $500.

“Properties causing significant ongoing nuisances can disrupt entire neighbourhoods. Nuisance properties often negatively affect everyone’s right to peaceful enjoyment of their own property,” reads city staff’s report to council.

Staff said properties typically subject to such fines are “unsightly premises” that garner frequent noise complaints and often house criminal activity.

The fine has remained unchanged since West Kelowna implemented it in 2009 and, as such, has fallen short of fines given in other jurisdictions. In Penticton, nuisance abatement fees are $200 for RCMP or city workers and $400 a call for the fire department. In Kelowna, they’re $250 a call and in Surrey, owners of nuisance properties are fined upwards of $850 per call.

West Kelowna city staff described the increase as “firm but fair” and said $500 represents the average cost of responding to such calls.

“The proposed fee increase is intended to motivate owners to work diligently to obtain compliance promptly, and reduce repeat offenders.”

READ MORE: Rescue teams at West Kelowna trail to help woman

Do you have something to add to this story, or something else we should report on? Email: michael.rodriguez@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

City of West Kelowna

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Flight with COVID
Another Kelowna flight with COVID-19 exposure

Westjet flight on April 5 from Kelowna to Edmonton

Lori Jantz snapped this picture of a fight between a bald eagle and an osprey above Osoyoos Lake on Friday. (Lori Jantz photo)
Battle in the sky erupts above South Okanagan lake

Bald eagle and osprey fight mid-air in Osoyoos

This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus.[CDC]
More COVID-19 exposures reported at schools in Kelowna

Interior Health added additional schools and dates to their list of exposures

Royal LePage Arena was an addition to West Kelowna championed by Len Novakowski. (File photo)
West Kelowna community leader Novakowski dies

Former Westside regional district director Len Novakowski dies after lengthy health battle

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and Premier John Horgan describe vaccine rollout at the legislature, March 29, 2021. (B.C. government)
1,262 more COVID-19 infections in B.C. Friday, 9,574 active cases

Province’s mass vaccination reaches one million people

A second case of COVID-19 has been confirmed at Vernon’s BX Elementary School. (Kerry Hutter photo)
Second COVID case confirmed at Okanagan elementary school

Exposure at Vernon’s BX Elementary happened April 6 and 7

People walk past the Olympic rings in Whistler, B.C., Friday, May 15, 2020. Whistler which is a travel destination for tourists around the world is seeing the effects of travel bans due to COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Adults living, working in Whistler, B.C., eligible for COVID-19 vaccine on Monday

The move comes as the province deals with a rush of COVID-19 and variant cases in the community

RCMP crest. (Black Press Media files)
UPDATE: RCMP investigating after child, 6, dies at motel in Duncan, B.C.

The BC Coroners Service is conducting its own investigation into the circumstances around the child’s death

Highway 97 being converted to four lanes in April 1990. This photo taken in Lake Country. (Greater Vernon Museum and Archives Photo #14025)
HISTORY: How the old Highway 97 in Lake Country got new name

Pelmewash Parkway recognizes the First Nations history in Lake Country

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

RCMP display some of the fish seized from three suspects who pleaded guilty to violating the Fisheries Act in 2019, in this undated handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - RCMP
3 banned from fishing, holding licences after overfishing violations near Vancouver Island

Mounties seized the group’s 30-foot fishing vessel and all equipment on board at the time

Most Read