Proposed Shipping Container Regulation

Welcome to the District of Tofino's page about the proposed shipping container regulations.

We invite community feedback on the proposed zoning amendment via the form below until 4:00pm on August 31, 2020.

1. What is a shipping container?

Shipping containers are an intermodal shipping solution for various cargos and are regulated through the international convention for safe containers and the Safe Containers Convention Act RSC 1985.

2. What are shipping containers used for?

There are three predominant uses for repurposed shipping containers in Tofino;

  • Storage;
  • Work-shops, and;
  • Occupied commercial and residential buildings.
3. Why do we need to regulate shipping containers?

Shipping containers are not buildings, the BC Building Code does not regulate their use (or safety) leading to some confusion over whether they require permits. Shipping containers that have not been modified through a building permit process present safety issues with respect to ventilation, egress and entrapment, and structural integrity (if stacked).

4. How is the District proposing to regulate shipping containers?

Regulation of shipping containers would include:

  • Limiting use of shipping containers to storage.
  • Regulating what may be stored in a shipping container.
  • Education and public communication (through the building inspection service).
  • Training for the Tofino Volunteer Fire Department.
5. Where can I find more information about the proposed regulation?

For more information, please refer to the Zoning Amendment Bylaw 1287, 2020 and the associated report to Council. You can also contact Aaron Rodgers at or 250 725 3229 ext. 701 for further information.

6. What is the timeline and process?

The proposed shipping container Zoning Amendment Bylaw 1287, 2020 received first reading on June 23rd, 2020. Following the completion of the public consultation (this web form) process, it is expected that the bylaw will be back in front of Council for second reading in the early fall of 2020.

This feedback form is now closed. Thank you for your comments!