Public Hearings

Public Hearings are held to allow members of the public an opportunity to voice their opinions on Official Community Plans or a Zoning Bylaw Amendment (referred to as a zoning amendment application).

In accordance with the Local Government Act, a Public Hearing must be held after Council has given first reading to a Zoning or Official Community Plan Bylaw, and before Council can give third reading to the same bylaw. More than one bylaw of this type may be considered at a Public Hearing. 

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Public Notices

Public hearings are advertised in the local newspaper for two consecutive weeks and online in accordance with Section 466 of the Local Government Act. Notices of zoning amendment applications may also be delivered to owners and occupants of surrounding properties and applicants must post notice of the public hearing on the property in question.

Participating in the Public Hearing Process

Public Hearings are open to all members of the public. If you believe that you are affected by a proposed land use application, you may make a presentation at, or submit written comments at or prior to, a scheduled Public Hearing. A five minute time limit is in effect for people who wish to speak at a Public Hearing. 

Everyone who wants to speak at the hearing will be given an opportunity.

If you are unable to attend, or if you wish to submit your comments in written form, you may do so by sending your written submission to the Municipal Office as follows: 

  By email: cc.
  By Mail:    PO Box 9, Tofino BC V0R 2Z0
  In person: Municipal Office, 121 3rd Street, Tofino BC
  By Fax: 250-725-3329

Please include your name, civic address and clearly indicate the application name or address of the property to which your comments relate.

Correspondence received between the date the item was advertised in the local newspapers and by noon six days prior to the public hearing will be inlcuded in the Agenda package. Submissions recieved thereafter will be circulated to Council prior to the hearing.

Presentations or submissions must be received by Council before the Public Hearing for that application is concluded as Council is not permitted to receive or consider any further submissions or information after conclusion of an item.

Please note that all correspondence submitted to the District of Tofino in response to a Public Hearing consultation will form part of the public record and may be published in a meeting agenda, which is posted on the District’s website when the matter is before the Council.

Addressing Council at a Public Hearing

Anyone who believes their interest in property is impacted by the proposed bylaw will have an opportunity to speak or submit written comments. No one will be prevented or discouraged from making their views known.


To reduce the threat of COVID-19 to staff, Council and the public, and to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to be heard, the District of Tofino has established the following new Public Hearing procedures in accordance with the orders of the Provincial Health Officer:

  • Remain 2 metres apart from other attendees at all times.
  • If at any time you begin to feel ill, please exit the building and report your symptoms to a public health official.
  • To address Council, please add your name and address to the speaker’s list (maintained by staff) and wait to be called upon by the Chair. Speakers are called from the speakers list in the order that they signed up. Wait until the previous speaker has left the podium before advancing.
  • Begin your remarks by clearly stating your name and address. If you are speaking on behalf of an organization or another person, please identify the name and address of that organization or person. If you are speaking from prepared remarks, staff would appreciate a copy.
  • Please limit remarks to 5 minutes and to matters contained in the proposed bylaw only.
  • After everyone has spoken once, those wishing to speak again will have an opportunity to add themselves to the speakers list again.

No person should feel discouraged, intimidated or prevented from making their views known at a public hearing. Therefore, please refrain from applause or other expressions of emotion. Inappropriate language, outbursts, criticisms or generalizations aimed at an individual or group will not be tolerated.

At the close of the hearing, do not mingle with other attendees, maintain 2 metres distance and leave via the marked exit.

Role of Council at a Hearing

Council's role at a public hearing is to listen to the public. Following each presentation, members of Council may ask questions to clarify a speaker’s point. Speakers may not make additional replies, rebuttals, or submissions without permission from the Chair.

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(T) 250-725-3229 ext. 703

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(T) 250-725-3229 ext. 610