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Shipping containers are no longer allowed on residential properties

September 5, 2017
News Release

Shipping containers are no longer allowed on residential properties

As of August 29, 2017, shipping containers are no longer able to be located on residential properties within the City of Quesnel. Containers existing prior to August 29, 2017, may remain as lawful nonconforming on those properties. This bylaw was put in place to deal with the growing number of containers being located on properties as accessory buildings. Aesthetics and safety concerns were reasons for implementing this bylaw. As these containers are not built as structures under the BC Building Code they are not adequately vented to ensure the release of explosive emissions and they are industrial in form and character.

Recommendations for existing nonconforming containers:

  1. Do not store any explosive substances inside - even in small quantities (ie. gas in recreation vehicle). If they are stored it’s strongly recommended that you seek advice from a qualified professional on how to properly vent the container.
  2. Place containers to the rear of the front wall of the home with at least a 3 m separation from any building.
  3. Exterior painting should match or accent existing buildings and be maintained.
  4. Remove any signage.

This bylaw doesn’t relate to the temporary use of shipping containers for moving or building renovation and demolition purposes.

Questions about this bylaw or the recommendations can be directed to the City Hall Planning Department at 250-992-2111.

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