Hosting an Event

What you need to know

Agricultural Land Commission Regulations:
  1. the farm must be located on land classified as a farm under the Assessment Act
  2. permanent facilities must not be constructed or erected in connection with the event;
  3. parking for those attending the event must be available on the farm, but must not be permanent nor interfere with the farm's agricultural productivity;
  4. no more than 150 people, excluding residents and employees of the farm, may be gathered on the farm at one time for the purpose of attending the event;
  5. the event must be of no more than 24 hours duration;
  6. no more than 10 gatherings for an event of any type may occur on the farm within a single calendar year.
Regional District of Nanaimo Zoning Regulations:
  1. 30 metre setback for all buildings, structures or events areas for a gathering for an event
  2. 1 parking spot per 4 guests must be available on the farm and must be setback 15 metres from all lot lines.
  3. Maximum site area for events shall not exceed 500 square metres
Other Considerations:
If you are planning to host a gathering for an event, consideration should be given to the following:
  • Neighbouring property owners
  • Drinkable water supply
  • Toilet facilities
  • Fire prevention
  • Noise restrictions
  • Security
  • Liquor licence
If you are hosting a gathering for an event, the event must be in compliance with all other applicable bylaws and regulations of the Regional District of Nanaimo, federal and provincial legislation including, but not limited to, the Agricultural Land Commission Act, BC Fire Code, Transportation Act and Health Act.

Contact Information:

Regional District of Nanaimo
Contact Long Range Planning:
Phone: 250-390-6510 or 1-877-607-4111
E-mail: planning@rdn.bc.ca

Contact Bylaw Services Department
Phone: 250-390-6559 Fax: 250-390-6513
Email: bylawservices@rdn.bc.ca

Link to Noise Complaint Bylaws:
Island Health Authority
Phone: 250.370.8699 or 1-877-370-8699
Email: info@viha.ca
1952 Bay Street, Victoria, British Columbia V8R 1J8
Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
Phone: 250-751-3246
3rd Flood -2100 Labieux Road, Nanaimo, BC V9T 6E9
Fire Department
Phone: 250-753-7311
Email: fireinfo@nanaimo.ca
General Fire Information 580 Fitzwilliam Street, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 6E2
Nanaimo RCMP
Phone: 250-754-2345 Fax: 250-753-0946
Email: Nanaimo_Media@rcmp-grc.gc.ca
303 Prideaux St, Nanaimo B.C. V9R 2N3