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#1377 Sandra 2017-11-08 15:53
Hello, I live on a cul-de-sac that runs along one edge of the large, fenced condo complex of Wedgewood Estates. The official address and driveways to the complex are off of another street however there are three access points in the condo fence along the cul-de-sac; one gate to allow landscaping access and two gates for pedestrians. One townhouse owner exclusively parks his vehicle on the street near 'his' gate even though his unit comes with a driveway and a garage. The owners of the townhouse closest to the other gate seem to be renting out their lower level to guests (airBnB?) and have the guests park on the street and enter the suite through that gate (which requires a key). Again, this is a unit with a driveway and a garage not to mention guest parking spots within the complex. When condo properties and apartments provide parking for their tenants, isn't it recommended that they park in their designated spots? Not only are they more secure, they pay for their own complex's road surface upkeep through their fees, do they not? At this time of year, especially, Saanich vehicles such as street sweepers, garbage and recycling trucks have trouble getting around these vehicles because the street has tight curves. I realize that they don't often violate the 72-hour bylaw because they come and go fairly regularly and, except for the suite guests, we recognize the vehicles.
Still, until recently, we never had anyone in the neighbourhood parking on streets and not just because everyone has a driveway and/or garage. When we moved into this area 27 years ago, we were told that the entire area was subject to the rules governing the condo development and that these included no overnight street parking as well as a requirement that all recreational vehicles (RVs, boats) must be stored in a communal fenced area nearby. These directives are still being followed on other streets in the area. We were also told that emergency vehicles are not permitted to sound their sirens once they have passed the estate sign and this seems to be followed as well. I have never seen any documentation but many other older home owners have mentioned "the rules" over the years. Is there a special set of parking and emergency vehicle rules in this neighbourhood or is it just some sort of unofficial agreement?

Saanich Police Response:

Unless your street is a private road within a strata then it is subject to the same bylaws regulating parking as any other street in the Municipality. If it is within a strata, then the rules of the strata apply as it would be a private road.

So far as emergency vehicles, there are no bylaws or enactments that would govern where they may be parked or limiting the use of emergency lights or sirens.
#1376 NickP 2017-11-01 09:50
Hello, I have some friends coming to stay at my home, and they were going to just spend the night in our camper RV. They're staying with us for about a month, are there any regulations if it's on my private property? (no hookups or anything, basically just a bedroom for the winter months)
Thanks!

Saanich Police Response:

That would be a question better suited for the Saanich Bylaw Department. 250-475-1775
#1375 Andy 2017-10-10 22:27
There is a trailer parked in front of my house. Its quite big and has been parked there for over a week. I have not seen anyone around it. It has a licence plate, so its insured. But I am wondering if its legal to park such a thing in front of someone else's house? There is an apartment building next door to me, so not sure if it belongs to someone in there. Is there anything I can do about this? It takes a couple of parking spots, and I can barely see when I leave my driveway, making it a bit of a hazard for me when I leave my house. Thanks a lot.

Saanich Police Response:

The Streets & Traffic Bylaw does not permit an unattached trailer to be parked anywhere on a public roadway. Furthermore a vehicle must not be parked in one spot for longer than 72 hours. Please contact 250-475-4321 and select Option 1 to have the matter investigated by a Parking Bylaw Officer.
#1374 Courtney 2017-10-02 22:46
Hello,

I live on Feltham road and there is no parking on the street between 7-10am, so I've been parking on Cavallin crt. There are no signs posted there, and I can still see my car out my kitchen window. Yesterday I received a note on my car saying that it is residential parking and next time I park on their street they will call a tow truck. Am I actually breaking any rules? I would argue that I live close enough to be considered a resident but even if I'm not is that even a real law? I just want to make sure there's no actual chance my car will be towed.

Thanks!

Saanich Police Response:

So long as there are no signs or other bylaws regulating parking on a street, any person may park there.
#1373 Lily 2017-09-21 10:17
Hello,
I am writing to enquire about a request for installation of a pedestrian crossing close to where we live. There is a steep hill and a turn in close proximity to a bus stop near our house. Our family and other people always cross the street. There are no nearby pedestrian crossing around that intersection (Thistlewood drive and Emily Carr). Cars drive up the hill at high speed, my son crosses the intersection on his bike every day. People on both sides of the street think this will be a safety improvement for pedestrians, bus passengers and walker-by.
Can you please tell me who we should contact?
Thank you.

Saanich Police Response:

You would need to contact the Municipality to make a request of this type.

On a side note, if a pedestrian is crossing at an intersection without a painted crosswalk (not mid-block), they enjoy the same rights and privileges as if there was a crosswalk. Vehicles must yield the right of way, and the pedestrian may cross once it is safe to do so.
#1372 Jennifer MacDougall 2017-09-13 17:55
Hi, Just want to clarify the rules for driving 49CC scooters. Are you allowed to drive them with a learners license?
Thanks for the clarifying!

Saanich Police Response:

A person with a Class 7 Learner's License would not be permitted to operate a 49cc scooter (Limited Speed Motorcycle). A Class 5, 6, 7 or 8 license would be required to operate the scooter. Please contact ICBC Licensing for more information.
#1371 Lisa 2017-09-08 18:54
Hello,

I am very concerned about the rate of speed at which cars are travelling in the morning around the Carey/Roy Road area. Drivers are using Roy Road to cut through to get to and from Wilkinson, and cars are regularly travelling well above the speed limit.
There are many children walking along those roads to get to school in the morning, as well as trying to use the crosswalk on Carey and Roy. I am concerned it's only a matter of time before a child is hit. Is there a way in which I can lodge a formal concern so this is looked at? Thank you!

Saanich Police Response:

Please visit the Neighbourhood Speed Reports page on this site.

http://saanichpolice.ca/index.php/public-information/neighbourhood-speed-reports

You may find some useful information about vehicles traveling through your neighbourhood. There are instructions on there on how to make a traffic complaint as well.
#1370 Sunny 2017-09-07 13:26
Hello, I'm looking at property on McKenzie. There is no visitor parking there because people used to park on the road before and now there is bike lane.There are two streets close by mckenzie. Should we get a residential pass to park our car when the visitors come by? or register our licence plate with Saanich? It will hardly be once in couple of months or so.

Thank You.
Sunny

Saanich Police Response:

The Municipality does not issue resident parking passes. Any vehicle can park on a municipal street so long as it adheres to the parking bylaws.
#1369 Brian 2017-09-05 17:25
Last night Saanich Police broke up a huge student house party on our street - many thanks! I'm wondering if the property owner is notified when police attend complaints about their properties? This was the second big party in 4 nights and I have concerns the owner has no idea who they have rented to.

Saanich Police Response:

Yes, it is our practice to notify the owner of the property in these instances when we can.
#1368 Sabrina 2017-09-02 16:20
Hi

I had a guest stay for a week and they parked their car across the street as there is no street parking on my side. We live on cedar hill road just up the street from Doncaster. My guest parks on the gravel part where many other cars park as well. He received a note on his car saying he can no longer park there- likely from the individual who owns the house where his car is parked in front. Is this private property, or public?

Saanich Police Response:

Parking on the gravel portion adjacent to the roadway is prohibited by the Streets & Traffic Bylaw.
#1367 Jenny 2017-08-26 19:55
I live on Orillia Street. Most time it is hard to find parking near our rental. Is it okay to park in front of someone's house just a few doors down? There are no signs or postings indicating parking rules. If it is okay what happens if my car is towed?

Saanich Police Response:

So long as there are no parking bylaws prohibiting parking on a public roadway, anyone may park on the street.
#1366 Ellie Krasny 2017-07-21 17:56
Hi I live on a street where we park on the street and just wondering how far like in distance from my house I am legally allowed to park from my house.

Saanich Police Response:

You may park your vehicle anywhere, so long as it is not contrary to posted signs or parking bylaws. You do not need to park directly in front of your residence.
#1365 Natalia 2017-07-03 08:41
Hello, we have new neighbors who are fixing their home. first it was fine. But now it's out of control. Any day of the week, he starts at 6am cutting wood, banging. I work full time and weekends are my days to caught up on sleep. I have no idea what to do anymore. Please help my family is in misable.

Saanich Police Response:

Hi there. The first course of action would be to approach your neighbours and try to come to an understanding.

Failing that, construction before 7am is a violation of the Noise Suppression Bylaw, and perhaps a violation of their permit. You can contact the Bylaw Department for advice.
#1364 Andy 2017-07-01 17:55
My neighbour is renting her suite and her tenant is loud. He plays rap music off and on during the day, and I have to close all my windows and go to another part of my house just to gain some sanity. What is the noise bylaw for rap music??! I miss the Beatles. Thank you.

Saanich Police Response:

Several popular Rap artists have done Beatles covers/samples including Wu-Tang Clan, Public Enemy, Beastie Boys and 2 Live Crew.

However, if you have an issue with any noise from a property, the first course of action would be to strike a conversation with the landlord and/or tenant to try and come to an understanding. Failing that, the tenant may be committing a bylaw offense under the Noise Suppression Bylaw. The Bylaw has no particular music tastes and applies to all genres equally.
#1363 rob 2017-07-01 10:14
2 cars parked in NO Parking zone - west side of Cedar hill rd heading south - just off Shelbourne in signed No parking zone - been there 2 hrs.

Saanich Police Response:

Hi Rob. This is not a monitored account. Please call the report desk with any complaints. 250-475-4321 Option 1
#1362 Shianne 2017-06-27 15:50
Hi there, i recieved a parking ticket today for parking in a residential area while I was visiting a resident. Although there were no signs posted saying where I parked was a RPO zone, there was some along other areas of the street. So, im wondering if RPO zone signs include entire streets or just the specific area they are posted in?
Thanks

Saanich Police Response:

Typically there are arrows on the signs to indicate which direction the parking zone extends. The zone would then extend to the next sign. If there is no arrow in one direction, then that would be the end of the zone.
#1361 Malcolm 2017-06-21 18:32
Student living on Sinclair Road near UVic. Sinclair road does not have parking on it. Am I allowed to use the nearest street with "residence only" parking. What is the range on "residence only"?

Saanich Police Response:

Resident Only Parking is designated for people who reside, visiting, or conducting business in that neighbourhood.
#1360 Missey 2017-06-11 11:32
Hi.My neighbours let the grass grow on the boulevard outside their house to 3 feet high. I know the grass inside their property is their choice, but are they not responsible for keeping the boulevard tidy? It is a very large eye sore, and I have seen the mail carrier have trouble wading through to get to the next property. Is this something I have the grounds to complain to a by law officer?

Saanich Police Response:

I would suggest contacting the Saanich Bylaw Department for advice.
#1359 Serge 2017-05-30 09:22
Hello, We did some gardening at our yard but neighbors play soccer and their ball go over the fence permanently and brake our plants. We informed the about the issue but they just were laughing on us and continue doing it and braking our plant. Is anything we can do with this. where can we fing the roles, or probably by-law. Is anyone can help to solve this problem and where can we address our complain.

Saanich Police Response:

The rules for Trespass are found in the Trespass Act http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/complete/statreg/96462_01

I would first suggest that you speak to the homeowners responsible to see if you can come to an understanding.
#1358 Sue 2017-05-24 23:16
Hello,
I have a question regarding a condo building and a neighbor who constantly smokes marijuana. It wafts up to my unit and I have been getting physically ill.
What do I do?

Saanich Police Response:

Have you tried speaking with your neighbour? Perhaps they are not aware of the effects they are having on others. Failing that, I would suggest contacting the Condo Board. Many apartment buildings have smoking policies/bylaws .
#1357 RK 2017-05-23 13:25
Hello,

Some friends and I are interested in playing music in a house in Saanich. The playing will be indoors, but since acoustic drums and other rock instruments are involved, it would be loud enough to be heard outside the house. How late is too late to be playing music at a reasonable volume?

Saanich Police Response:

Hi RK. The Noise Bylaw in Saanich does not stipulate any time-frame where noises are permitted. Simply that no one may cause a noise that disturbs the neighbourhood. I would suggest that, in order to avoid any issues, you speak with your neighbours to see what is acceptable etc.
#1356 Chris 2017-05-15 22:21
How close is my neighbour allowed to park his camping trailer to my house? It is currently a mere 2 feet away from my house. It's so close that when he backs it in me and the other neighbours all watch in shock because it looks like he's going to take out my house.

I called Saanich about parking and they gave a blunt "your neighbour can park his trailer on his property" response. But there must be a perimeter or distance rule from actual homes. Where do I start to find the answer to this?

Saanich Police Response:

These issues would be handled by the Saanich Bylaw Department. You can reach them at 250-475-1775
#1355 Jimmy 2017-05-15 13:56
Hello SPD,

I experienced a near miss accident this morning with myself as a pedestrian and a vehicle at the Cook/Quadra/Clo verdale intersection. I was crossing Cook st from the north side and the pedestrian light was 'walk' when a vehicle approached the intersection turning right from Cook onto Quadra northbound. The vehicle had a red light and did not stop for the light nor yield to me crossing the street on the walk signal. The driver did not appear to look to the right at all.

I have lived in this neighbourhood for a few years and this situation has happened numerous times. Many drivers are turning right from Cook onto Quadra without stopping for the red light and looking to the right for pedestrians. They are focusing their attention on merging into the northbound traffic and looking left the entire time.

I am requesting that you assess the intersection and conduct enforcement for drivers failing to stop for the red light and failing to yield to pedestrians.

Thank you

Saanich Police Response:

Hi Jimmy. Thanks for the information and we're glad no one was injured as a result.

This intersection is one of our identified high collision locations, and as a result does receive more enforcement attention. I will forward your comments to the Traffic Section for their continued attention.

If, in the future, a similar event occurs, please don't hesitate to complete a Traffic Complaint on our website. These go directly to the Traffic Section and each complaint is acted on.
#1354 Sharlene 2017-05-07 07:43
I am very proud of your officers for taking part in the flash mob dance last week. Getting involved in your community and having fun is important and you all deserve a pat on the back for all the good you do. Thank you for your hard work. The officers looked amazing. I am very proud to live on the Island!

Saanich Police Response:

Thanks! It's always fun to participate in school activities like this and build better bonds within our communities.
#1353 Nicole 2017-05-03 17:52
The tenant who lives downstairs from the suite I rent frequently plays music loud enough that the vibrations from the bassline cause my floors and windows to shake. It's significantly louder thank I would consider reasonable, but when I ask him to turn it down he states that because it's before 11pm, he's within his rights to listen to music at whatever volume he wants. I'm having trouble finding bylaw information that gives me clear direction on what's acceptable here. Would this be a legitimate situation to make a noise complaint?

Saanich Police Response:

Yes, you can contact the complaint desk to make a noise complaint. It may be worth while to speak with the landlord to see if the situation can be resolved without bylaw officers.

I would refer you to Section 3 of the Noise Suppression Bylaw which is linked below.

http://www.saanich.ca/assets/Local~Government/Documents/Bylaws~and~Policies/noise-suppression-bylaw-1993-no-7059.pdf
#1352 Tim 2017-04-24 09:50
In Saanich there are some streets with pullouts in front of every two or three houses to allow for parking as there are signs prohibiting parking on these streets otherwise. Are there any restrictions on local residents using these for permanent parking? Some of these parking spots seem to be inside property lines of individual owners - are there easements in place with the city denoting these pull outs? If so, what are the owner's rights in dealing with cars owners who create a nuisance(i.e. littering, leaking fluids, etc.)when they are parked in these spots where the spot actually is inside the home owner's property line in front of their houses Also what are the rights of these owners when other neighbourhood residents/tenan ts think they can park here on a semi permanent basis?

Saanich Police Response:

I would refer you to the Streets and Traffic Bylaw for specifics. However, a common misconception is that the property line extends to the edge of the roadway. There is an area adjacent to the roadway that extend some distance that is for utility right-of-way etc and is referred to a boulevard. Parking is prohibited off the paved portion of the roadway as this is a boulevard.

If there is a paved pull-out, then parking may be permitted subject to the bylaws. Vehicles that are left for longer than 72 hours, or are leaking fluids are prohibited.

If you would like to obtain specific answers relative to the area you are concerned with, I would suggest that you call the Department and ask to speak with the Parking Enforcement Bylaw Officer during normal business hours.
#1351 Sibylle 2017-04-22 09:29
Can you let me know where a tour bus can park overnight in the Greater Victoria area. I have been trying to find information on this and couldn't find anything. Thank you.

Saanich Police Response:

Overnight storage of buses and certain commercial vehicles is not permitted on public roads in Saanich. Certain businesses may be able to accommodate this need, but the onus would be on the person responsible for the bus to arrange that.
#1350 Joanne 2017-04-21 19:35
Bikes and kids scooters are left at my store very often. How long before they are considered abandoned? Or how long do I have to hold onto them before I can either get rid of or keep them?

Saanich Police Response:

If the bikes are left on private property, the the owner/occupier can store them at their own discretion in an effort to return them to the owner. The Police Department will come an collect abandoned bikes on request. We can then compare them to a list of stolen/lost bikes and try to return them to their rightful owners. If we are unable to do so, then they are either auctioned or donated to charitable causes.
#1349 Jean 2017-04-17 06:25
Hi; how long is a vehicle allowed to stay parked in one spot on the road? We have people parking and deliberately causing issues for residents and local businesses. What can I do about it? Also, where can I find it stated in the bylaw that if a vehicle moves two inches it can stay for another 72 hours? I don't see it in the bylaws. I see a vehicle may be parked for 72 hours, period. No where do I see a vehicle may move two inches forward it can sit for another 72 hours. Could you explain this to me please? Many thanks,

Saanich PD Responded:

The bylaw states you cannot store your vehicle on a roadway for more than 72 hours. I would imagine that there is legal mumbo-jumbo in regards to the definition of "store" and if the vehicle is "stored" if the owner moves it. I would recommend you call in and ask to speak to the Parking Enforcement office to discuss with an expert.
#1348 Caroline 2017-04-12 13:59
The traffic light at intersection of Burnside & McKenzie during rush hour traffic (4:00 - 6:30) needs immediate attention! Last night I sat in line on McKenzie for a 1/2 hour at that time trying to get to the No 1. When I finally got to the light at Burnside, there were only TWO cars waiting to cross. Let at least 25 cars get through on McKenzie before the Burnside light changes and people on McKenzie should not need to let Burnside cars merge in there either after waiting SO long for that light. Grossly unfair to working people just needing to get home after a long day! Thanks for your attention to this!

Saanich PD responded:

The Police Department does not control the traffic signals or configuration of roads. Please contact the Engineering Department to discuss your concerns.
#1347 Ray 2017-04-11 20:10
Neighbors are parking on off street parking pad(private property). Am I able to have them towed?

Saanich PD responded:

I'm sorry, there's not enough information for me to help you online. Please call in to speak with a Parking Enforcement officer to discuss your concerns.
#1346 Anonymous 2017-04-05 07:26
Does Saanich Police make surveillance cameras available to bust illegal garbage dumping? Bylaws department does not. What can be done to stop such an activity which has been ongoing and dangerous to folks concerned in this Saanich property?

Saanich PD Responded:

Both Bylaws and Police have a multitude of tools and techniques available to investigate all sorts of crime. If you have a complaint in regards to illegal dumping, I suggest you contact the Bylaws Department and initiate a complaint.
#1345 Garbage dumpers 2017-04-05 07:22
At the entrance to a community farm in Saanich there has been illegal dumping of garbage since January. At first the farmers and folks working there have gone through the garbage and then disposed of it ourselves at our own homes, just to get rid of the unsightliness along a major through road leading to the high school and close to the highway. The bags contained backpacks, children's clothing, various tools like screwdrivers, plastic knives and forks, salt, pepper and sugar small envelopes - kind that you get at fast food places,used food cans, etc.
After putting up a sign there it disappeared for a while and now the dumper(s) are back with frequent dumping up to 3 x during the last week.
This was reported to Saanich Bylaws yesterday. What are we to do? Would it be good for Saanich Police and Bylaws to work together on this as it might be of interest to Saanich Police? Bylaws advised us to move it to the sidewalk where they could pick it up. We are advised not to go through the contents because it can be dangerous. In the past racoons got into it and that made an even larger mess. This is costly to the municipality to come and pick it up. Taxpayers eventually suffer too if it continues. Does Saanich police make security cameras available for this purpose?

Saanich Police Responded:

The Bylaw Department will investigate this matter and liaise with Police if required.
#1344 P 2017-04-03 22:18
I applaud your continued efforts to ticket those using their devices whilst driving. Keep doing it... every day... seriously!

Could one of your cars do a stake out at the Karaoke Bar and Tropical Restaurant one night? Very expensive cars choose to assemble there from 10pm to 2am and will often go out racing on shelbourne or rev their engines... or simply drive around like lonely assholes. Ive approached the owner who merely stated its a car club and he can't do anything about the noise.
I really wish there was a law again cherry bomb mufflers and straight pipes.

Saanich PD Responded:

1. Thank you, targeting distracted drivers is one of our traffic safety priorities.

2. I will forward your note about the vehicles to our Traffic Safety Unit. Modifying vehicles in any manner may not be legal, especially in a manner that effects the performance, noise, and pollution limiting effects of the exhaust systems.
#1343 Nas 2017-04-03 09:29
I understand street parking on our "residential parking only" street is pretty much open to anyone living/visiting residents on our street. However, I am feeling harassed by my neighbour who feels entitled to exclusively park her guests' cars in front of our house.
I have put up security cameras, and monitored the situation for a few months. I have footage in abundance to show that either their guests would take up the whole space, or one car would park in the middle so no one else can park in front of our house. One time when I parked my car in front of our house, they parked so close to my car that the bumpers touched - I took pictures but did not call the police/insuranc e as there was no damage.

I understand this kinda personal drama, but was wondering if there are any resources that could help us.

Saanich PD Responded:

Public parking on streets is just that, public. There are other rules concerning the manner in which you park your vehicle, however no one can control who uses street parking so long as it is in compliance with the bylaws and Motor Vehicle Act.
#1342 Sleepless 2017-03-30 02:14
There is a visitor (I'm assuming) that has been leaving the townhouse complex next door around 2 am. The car has one of those incredible loud exhaust attachments. I have been woken because of the noise that this driver creates the past several nights, even with my windows closed and my bedroom being on the other side of the house. Do I try to copy down the license plate to report it? How are these mufflers legal?

Saanich Police Responded:

Often modifications made to vehicle exhaust systems are not legal. There are also bylaws in regards to noise, depending on the reasonableness of that noise (ie a diesel truck may be loud, but so long as the driver is using the vehicle in a reasonable manner, it could be okay).

If you feel that a bylaw or the motor vehicle act is being violated, then please contact the report desk. I would also suggest contacted the strata board of the townhouse as they may have rules as well.
#1341 Ian 2017-03-23 02:42
Hello I'm writing to ask what my rights are at a DUI roadblock. Do I have to answer all questions being asked by said officer? Such as " where I'm coming from / going to, where i work, have I had anything to drink? Having nothing to worry about I don't mind answering said questions, but not when the officer in question is power tripping hardcore. Just asking what my rights are in the scenario, and what answers I HAVE TO ANSWER before being on my way. Thanks in advance

Saanich Police Responded:

You are required to produce a driver's license, vehicle registration and insurance when asked to do so by police. And you are required to answer questions in regards to satisfying the officer of your identity, as well as the validity of the documents.

A police officer is permitted by law to ask questions of any person in order to fulfill their duties as a police officer, however no person is required to speak to the police unless it is otherwise required (see above).

A Counterattack roadblock is one of the reasons the courts have decided where it is lawful for the police to randomly stop motorists to check for their sobriety as it serves the greater good.
#1340 Shelley 2017-03-21 19:47
Hello wondering about parking by a super box. We live on a street that has a mail box right in front of our house. Sometimes a car is parked on the street where it is close to mail box but still room to pull over so others can get their mail. However someone keeps leaving notes on our car that threatens towing if we park there again. They even came to our house once( when only daughter was home) to say move your vehicle. Is this an annoying neighbour or is there regulations about parking near a mail box? Thanks

Saanich Police Responded:

If there are no other bylaws (signs or painted curbs etc), then it should be okay to park near a mailbox.
#1339 luke 2017-03-14 15:31
Hi

In the case of an intersection not have any traffic control devices like lights, stop lines or stop sign who has the right of way? One example would be Palmer and Cumberland road in Saanich which intersect. They have no markings or sign and are both 2 lane roads.

Saanich PD Responded:

If the vehicles arrive simultaneously, then the vehicle to your right has the right of way. However, if one vehicle is already in the intersection, then that vehicle has the right of way.

This rule also applies at 4 way stops, or at intersections with traffic lights that are flashing red, or not working.
#1338 Jana 2017-03-12 05:30
Hi, I live in view royal. I would like to know how to deal with noise regarding in my neighbourhood. This neighbour plays here music at any given hours. She could be playing it after midnight or at 4am. Most of the neighbours have gone to talk to her but she does absolutely nothing about it. I had my limit of being waken up or staying up listen to her music. Could you suggest what the next step is for this to stop. We all need our good night sleep! Thanks

Saanich Police Responded:

You would need to contact the View Royal Bylaw Department or the RCMP for advice.
#1337 Concerned Renter 2017-02-18 04:31
Hello, I have a quick question about off street parking. I live in a house on a street and I have to use off street parking for my vehicle. Is it illegal if someone parks in front of my house where I park? I had to park at my neighbors front of his house due to someone always taking my spot, any input on this topic would be appreciated, what can I do?

Saanich Police Responded:

Where permitted, parking on the street is public parking. Anyone can park in front of your house, or your neighbours, regardless of where they live. Parking in a driveway or parking lot is private parking and is controlled by the property owner.
#1336 mick 2017-02-14 18:33
Regarding noise by-laws. Is there a difference between riding or revving a motorcycle if working on it in your yard and having gas powered tools like lawnmowers/weed wackers? If someone can run a lawnmower and weed wacker why can't I play loud music? A homeowner doesn't need a permit to cut their lawn inside of the noise by-law hours. There is so much noise in the day so in theory playing music with a sub would be legal?

Saanich Police Responded:

This question would be better answered by Bylaw Enforcement. However I would imagine that the spirit behind the bylaw is that mowing your lawn and keeping your property in decent shape benefits the whole community, while loud music and vehicles are not. The disturbance of your music does not outweigh the benefits.
#1335 Neighbour 2017-02-09 07:02
I live near a home the does a very popular Christmas light display every year. Many of he lawns near the property have been rutted and ruined from visitors
parking to view it. It is especially bad at the corner of Tuxedo and Mc Briar. Who is responsible for the repair ?

Saanich Police Responded:

That is a question better suited for a civil litigation lawyer unfortunately. That being said; the parking bylaws prohibit persons from parking off the roadway. This is referred to as "Parking on a Boulevard".
#1334 john 2017-01-19 16:59
I have a question about noise bylaws. an answer say construction noise is permitted from 7am to 9pm yet someone can't ride a dirtbike on their property in that time? Construction noise can be ore annoying.

Saanich Police Responded:

Specific questions in regards to bylaws may be better answered by the Bylaws Dept.

In reading the noise bylaw, the exemption for construction states the work must be in accordance with a proper permit.
#1333 Curious 2017-01-13 19:05
Just curious if it is illegal to dumpster dive here in Victoria.

Saanich Police Responded:

Each municipality has their own specific rules, but generally it is illegal. In Saanich, the Garbage Collection and Disposal Bylaw specifically prohibits that behaviour.

The CRD also has bylaws prohibiting going through roadside recycle bins.
#1332 Alyssa 2017-01-12 08:26
what number do I call about students parking on a residential street. Midgard by uvic is jammed up with students parking on the street, when there are multipule signs that say no parking. my garbage didn't get picked up because of this, same with the people across the street.

Saanich Police Responded:

Hi Alyssa. Saanich has a parking enforcement unit which is administered through the Police Department. You can call the complaints desk at 250-475-4321 Option 1 when those vehicles are there and they will send a bylaw officer.
#1331 David 2017-01-04 08:52
I live in Cadboro Bay. I see in a news item that the Calgary Police have a Speed Watch Program that allows community volunteers to accompany a police officer to measure the speed of traffic on a neighbourhood street of concern. Does Saanich offer such a program? If not, who could I contact to try to initiate it? Thank You & here is the link to the article:
http://www.metronews.ca/news/calgary/2017/01/04/community-speed-watch-helps-calgary-communities.html

Saanich Police Responded:

Thanks David for the information. No we do not have such a program. I have forwarded your message to our Traffic Division.
#1330 C. 2016-12-30 11:02
Hi,
My ex husband stole my credit card and made an expensive purchase. The credit card company will not do anything because he knows the PIN. Can I press charges through the police?

Saanich Police Responded:

Without knowing all the details, I would encourage you to contact our report desk and have a police officer investigate to determine if an offence has occurred.
#1329 Kevin 2016-12-26 08:00
Hi Saanich Police,
Can you settle a long discussion (argument?) in my family? Is it required to signal a turn when road names change and the road turns, but the "natural" road is continuing? This may be a unique situation in Saanich. If you turn off Telegraph Bay Rd. onto Seaview Rd and then head up the hill, the road turns left onto Tudor Ave while going straight leads you onto Sea View Rd. Some members of my family believe that as they are turning onto a new road, they are required to signal. However, the road lines continue unbroken around the corner from Seaview Rd to Tudor AVe, so others feel it is misleading to signal at this point (as it might indicate you are turning into a driveway). I hope the question is clear.

Thank you,
Kevin

Saanich Police response:

Rock, Paper, Scissors is a great way to settle most disagreements. But in this case the answer is clear and it is not required to signal as you are continuing along the natural right-of-way. You are only required to signal when your vehicles turn may affect other traffic.
#1328 Luke 2016-12-26 00:59
Most mornings I notice the drive thru traffic at the Tim Hortons on Shelbourne near Blair is blocking access into the parking lot for many businesses. There is a sign in the parking lot asking the drive thru traffic not to block the main laneway of the parking lot, but obviously that is being ignored. Is this the business (ie Tim Hortons) responsibility to enforce or Saanich PD as it blocks both traffic turning left and right off of Shelbourne. It can be very frustrating when I need to access that parking lot off the Shelbourne side and have to wait for over 5 minutes to turn left when jerks can't park their cars and walk into the store for their double double and instead choose to inconvenience the rest of us by blocking access.

Saanich Police response:

Unfortunately this is the responsibility of the property owners, not the police.
#1327 Patsy 2016-11-21 18:47
Hi, thank you for providing this great service. I live on Davida Ave and the parking is absolutely jammed sometimes. People from other streets park here, often on the road. How do we go about getting residential parking rules? Thanks alot.

Saanich Police response:

Residential parking signs, unfortunately, would not prohibit other residents from the neighbourhood from parking on your street. In any event, the Engineering Department at Municipal Hall sets parking zones.
#1326 C. 2016-11-11 16:19
I wanted to say thanks to the officer who pulled me over at Tolmie & Alder on Nov.11. He was patient with my vintage car that required special attention and explained my options clearly. He turned what could have been a nightmare situation into a minor incident/learni ng experience. He put up with my feisty nature until we had everything figured out. I appreciate meeting officers who are willing to talk and reason with civilians, it breaks the preconception that officers are power-hungry or 'out to get you'.

Saanich Police response:

Thanks for the comment. I've passed it on to the Traffic Supervisor.
#1325 Ed P 2016-10-30 16:47
Hi, Saanich Police

Can you enlighten me as to when one can enter a left-turn lane separated from the through lanes by a solid white line? I'm referring to the left turn lane from McKenzie eastbound to turn left onto Shelbourne, where there is a driveway entrance to University Heights Centre. Can one enter after the line to the Centre? Is the situation changed if the solid white line has an opening after the driveway (reference: Cedar Hill Road northbound at Cedar Hill X)

Saanich Police response:

Ed,

One may enter the lane where there is a break in the solid white line.

I am familiar with the area you describe - it and similar could use some re-configuratio n to improve the flow and safety of vehicle traffic. This is done through Engineering at Municipal Hall
#1324 Wendy O 2016-10-25 15:16
Hello, I recall seeing info a while ago on a youth police program; was this a spring break or summer opportunity? I can't remember if it was with Saanich or VicPD, are you familiar with something like this? Abbotsford has a program like this and it's aimed at youth who are interested in a career in policing.

Saanich Police Response:

Wendy,

For many years SPD took part in a spring break "police camp", but in recent years were unable to secure funding for this event. Although feedback and attendance were continually high, the unfortunate choice had to be made to discontinue the program.
#1323 Daryl 2016-09-15 14:05
Sage Lane is a Private Road.
Can a non resident of that street park on it for a short period. IE: 1 hour.
Thank you

SAANICH POLICE RESPONSE:
Daryl,
Unless signage indicates otherwise, parking would be permitted as with any other street.
Having examined this locations via Google Street View, I believe signage is in place that prohibits parking along the roadway, at least in one portion.
#1322 Lindsay 2016-09-15 11:01
I was wondering if you could please clear up the bylaw surrounding parking on Rogers Avenue (and the cul-de-sac). As I am aware the signs state that there is to be no parking in between something like 8-9am and again from 2-3pm. I understand that this is because the residents don’t want their driveways blocked and I can fully understand that. However, I am wondering the rules about dropping off my children at the path located at the end of Rogers Ave at the cul-de-sac. The actual drop off for Rogers Elementary is usually very congested with a lot of parents ignoring the “no parking” rule at the circle. It has become so frustrating that I have been dropping off my children at the cul-de-sac instead. I make sure to never block a driveway and I am there (never getting out of my vehicle) for no more than 30 seconds.

Today I was approached by what I can only assume is a PAC member from Rogers telling me that I am not allowed to drop off my children there anymore. I wanted to ask you, the source, about whether or not I can continue to drop my children off at the cul-de-sac as I am never there for long and I am not actually parking.

Thank you for your time regarding this matter.

SAANICH POLICE RESPONSE:

Lindsay,
Under the motor vehicle act, "Park" is defined as: "when prohibited, means the standing of a vehicle, whether occupied or not, except when standing temporarily for the purpose of and while actually engaged in loading or unloading".

This allows for a vehicle to stop lawfully to the right side of the roadway, not blocking traffic or driveways, where no alternate signage prohibits this action (specific to drop off/pick up).

Conversely, "Stop (or stand)" is defined as: "(a) when required, a complete cessation from movement, and
(b) when prohibited, the stopping or standing of a vehicle, whether occupied or not, except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or to comply with the directions of a peace officer or traffic control device".

At present, I am unaware of signage being in place in this specific location that prohibits either.
#1321 Karen 2016-09-14 22:07
I am moving into a condo on Ophir and Church street. Can I use the resident only parking on Ophir street? Do I need to purchase a decal to show I am a resident? How is this enforced? Thank you

SAANICH POLICE RESPONSE:

Karen,
Your vehicle is required to be registered to your residence, or, where it is most often parked. As we have access to these records, this is how we verify that vehicles are parked in accordance with the signage. Any guests who elect to park in these areas, should they be ticketed, can appeal and provide the details of the persons they were visiting while so parked.
Hope this accurately answers your question.
#1320 Frustrated Parent 2016-09-09 11:38
Cloverdale School has a passenger drop off zone on Linwood. Last year the school had seismic upgrades done and since then, the area has been a problem.

The Thriftys next to the school has taken to using the area as staff parking leaving no spaces for the parents to use. This is causing huge safety issues with vehicles parking on the residential side of this very narrow road and children darting across the street to get to the school. The school has signs posted but more importantly, there are signs posted high on the utility poles that clearly state... NO PARKING -- PASSENGER ZONE MON-FRI. I am relatively certain that these are municipality signs. Thriftys management has stated that there is no bylaw that restricts their employees from parking there but I would think that the signage would be all that is needed. I have called Saanich parking enforcement on more than one occasion but the calls have not been returned. Is there something else that can be done to solve this problem? Thanks for your time!

SAANICH POLICE RESPONSE:

You are correct that these are municipal signs which restrict parking. I have personally contacted the parking enforcement and asked that they do their own examination of the problem to see if clear communication with area businesses and ticketing cannot return things to the previously smooth drop off.
#1319 Parker 2016-09-04 20:44
Hello,

We have a resident on Elm Street who has just moved in and is the owner of a super bike... for four days in a row now, he has zoomed up and down the street at irritate speeds, often doing wheelies at all hours of the day or night. Our street if filled with children. Other than speaking with him personally, what else can we do to have him stop driving [in this manner]?

SAANICH POLICE RESPONSE:

Parker,
If you are otherwise unsuccessful, our Traffic Safety Unit is primarily responsible to deal with driving complaint, which you can make in person at our front counter, through our non-emergency line 250-475-4321, or through our online driving complaints form
http://saanichpolice.ca/index.php/driving-complaints-202
#1318 Cathy 2016-08-24 19:51
Today at a red light, I was preparing to turn right onto Borden St from McKenzie and a cyclist rode up on the right of my vehicle on McKenzie and then swung in front of my vehicle, riding across McKenzie on the crosswalk. She did not stop on the sidewalk or even pause to cross in front of my vehicle. I had checked my right was clear, and then my left, the timing was such that she must have approach in that time it took me to look left. I saw her just in time to avoid proceeding with a right turn. Please advise if at a red light, should the cyclist stop, stand on the sideway and walk across the intersection at the cross walk? Of course I understand it is the primary responsibility to avoid cyclists and pedestrians despite the behaviour of either. Thank you.

SAANICH POLICE RESPONSE:

Cathy,

You are correct, unless riding the bicycle in traffic and therefore operating as a vehicle (obeying all the rules for regular vehicles), the cyclist should have dismounted and crossed. Bicycles are not permitted to ride on sidewalks for a variety of safety reasons for all road users.

Luckily this near miss did not end up as it could have!
#1317 sleepyhead 2016-08-18 22:36
I have a question about noise bylaws. I live (condo building) directly behind a very popular restaurant near Cloverdale and Blanshard. They are open past midnight most nights. The crowd after 9:00 PM is rowdier and usually quite intoxicated. In addition to that the restaurant STAFF who hang outside the back (kitchen) door can be really loud and this can be up to an hour or more after closing! Is there any Saanich signage that allows for a bylaw "reminder"? This happens every summer. It is too hot to sleep with our windows closed. I call the restaurant and sometimes the hotel if it's after midnight but calling about 5 times every summer seems ridiculous. One would think that new staff would be informed of the noise bylaw!

Thanks.

SAANICH POLICE RESPONSE:

This is a common issue where residential and mixed-commercia l use buildings intersect. My suggestion is to speak with our crime prevention officer, who can liaise with the business in question about suitable noise levels and how the noise suppression bylaw applies to them, and their clientele. With any hope, this will remedy the problem for the summer months and beyond.
#1316 Lindsay 2016-08-18 20:58
Hello - I was just wondering about parking restrictions on Saanich streets. There is a house on my block that has 3 vehicles parked outside of their fenced property. Rather than the vehicles being parked parallel with the road, the driver(s) of the cars either angle parks the cars, or more often reverse stall parks against their fence line. This leads to the front end of the vehicles sticking out of their property on about 1/3 of the residential street. One of the vehicles is a large cube van and visibility of the road gets greatly reduced when so much of the vehicle is out on the road. Can anything be done about this parking behaviour? Thanks!

SAANICH POLICE RESPONSE:

Lindsay,

I believe it would be best to make a parking complaint through our non-emergency line (250-475-4321), so that we can see for ourselves to determine a remedy. Please let us know the time of day that would most likely represent the problem.
#1315 Amanda 2016-08-12 07:31
I'm just wondering about noise by laws and specifically construction in a residential area. What time is machinery allowed to be operated starting at?

SAANICH POLICE RESPONSE:

Amanda,

According to the Noise Suppression Bylaw, 1993, No. 7059 - construction noise is generally permitted Mon-Sat 7am to 9pm.
#1314 R 2016-08-11 08:35
I found a wallet and phone in the middle of Tillicum Rd, already run over. There is ID in it but its from out of town. Do I leave this with your office, give it to an officer, or take it to a bank or library? Tks.

SAANICH POLICE RESPONSE:

Found property should be turned over to police. You can either stop in to see us at 760 Vernon Ave, or call our non-emergency line (250-475-4321) to report and have an officer come by to pick up the item.
#1313 Kristen 2016-07-18 17:10
I live on a residential street in Gordon Head that forks into 2 dead ends at its terminus. People are always taking the corners too fast, and there are many children in the neighborhood. How do we begin the process of requesting stop signs at this intersection?

SAANICH POLICE RESPONSE:

Kristen,

Engineering at Saanich Municipal Hall is in control of this aspect of the community. Visit http://www.saanich.ca/EN/footer/connect-with-us/contacts-directory/engineering.html
or in person at 770 Vernon Ave.
#1312 Greg B 2016-07-14 21:21
Hello,

Is there a speed limit for cyclists on Galloping Goose Trail? I saw a pack (peloton?) of 4 roaad cyclists tonight at the Burnside underpass heading to Selkirk Trestle, and they were going at least 35kph.

SAANICH POLICE RESPONSE:

Greg,

The Galloping Goose Trail belongs to the CRD. Checking their site I found a link to their brochure: https://www.crd.bc.ca/docs/default-source/parks-pdf/gglochsidebrochure.pdf?sfvrsn=2

I am unable to find any speed limit, but note a "trail etiquette" to control speed; therefore nothing enforceable, per se.

I will send a note to our Bike Section to further their education and safety particularly for this location.
#1311 Leigh 2016-04-26 16:48
Wondering if it is legal for our neighbours to be running their kids dirt bikes up and down their private driveway/lane within Saanich? They have typical noisy engines, disgusting smelling exhaust and obviously no mufflers. Surely this isn't ok?! If not, is it a noise suppression issue we take up with Saanich Bylaw Enforcement or someone else?

SAANICH POLICE RESPONSE:

Operation on private property is permitted; however, the noise suppression bylaw is enforceable at all hours. I suggest you have a chat with your neighbour and ask that they amend when they operate or take action to reduce the noise level. Failing a remedy through this route, feel free to contact our non-emergency line 250-475-4321 and we will gladly assist where possible.
#1310 bonnie 2016-04-19 16:15
I look after business propertys. In Victoria we had to post sigNs referring to the Bylaws, to give more enforcement for panhandling, soliciting, and loitering. Do we have to do the same in Saanich. Tx

SAANICH POLICE RESPONSE:

Posted signs are not required for the bylaw to be enforced.
#1309 peggy j 2016-04-08 07:11
Good Morning
Just wanted to acknowledge a young police women I had contact with on April 6 around 10:15 am on Mckenzie Ave. She couldn't have been more helpful and more importantly kind to me. I am sorry I didn't get her name but in my thinking she is a "star".
Thank you so much!
Peggy J
#1308 Dale 2016-04-07 16:22
Just want to point out the latest hazard I see around, not only Saanich but, well, everywhere. This is becoming the 'new' 'proceed through amber light preventing left turns in t a timely manner at intersections.' I'm referring to crossing over centre lines around inside curves. Very often I approach opposite direction traffic with 'lazy' drivers crossing over centrelines on divided roadways encroaching on opposite travel lanes. This is VERY dangerous but I see it all the time. Do the police note an increase in this behaviour and are there plans to enforce this in future?

SAANICH POLICE RESPONSE:

An increase in this behaviour has not been brought to our attention yet. Feel free to contact us through our driving complaints page and let us know of any specific areas you have noted this behaviour, and our Traffic Safety Unit can conduct assessment and avenues for enforcement.

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