SIGD is in essence, the local government, created by Bill C 93 Sechelt Indian Band Self Government Cat and established as a local government in BC by Bill 4 Sechelt Indian Government District Enabling Act in 1987. The Bill enabled SIGD to qualify for municipal benefits that are available to other municipalities in BC, to enact laws and bylaws that a Municipality has the power to enact and the ability to tax.
- SIGD has the ability to levy property taxes annually on residents and businesses.
- SIGD purchases services such as fire protection, road maintenance, sewer collection and disposal, garbage collection and recycling services.
- SIGD participates in the Sunshine Coast Regional Government by appointing a Council member to the SCRD Board.
- If you operate or conduct business within SIGD you must have a business license. Inter-Community Business Licenses can also be purchased which allows businesses to operate in the SIGD, District of Sechelt and the Town of Gibsons for an additional $50.
Bylaws are enforced on a complaint basis and complaints must be submitted in writing using the complaint form which is located on the Documents and Page Forms page. The following bylaws can also be found on the Documents and Forms page:
- Animal Control # 1996-05
- Building # 2017-09
- Burning & Smoke Release #. 2008-03
- Business Licensing # 1989-05
- Noise # 2017-10
- Traffic # 1988-11
- Unsightly Premises #2010-03
If you operate or conduct business within the Sechelt Indian Government District (SIGD) you must have a business licence.
Businesses located within SIGD can obtain a licence at the SIGD office located at 5545 Sunshine Coast Hwy, Sechelt. SIGD business licence invoices are issued annually and are due by January 31st of the current year. If your business is new within SIGD contact the SIGD office to obtain a licence.
Starting in 2016 an Inter-Community Business Licensing system will be in place for the District of Sechelt, the Town of Gibsons and the Sechelt Indian Government District. This allows businesses providing goods or services in more than one community to purchase an inter-community license for an additional $50, provided the business holds a current business license from their community.
- Business located within SIGD can purchase an Inter-Community Business Licence from the District of Sechelt, 2nd Floor, 5797 Cowrie Street, Sechelt.
- Businesses located in Sechelt, Gibsons and the SCRD can obtain an Inter-Community Business Licence from the District of Sechelt or the Town of Gibsons.
Sechelt Indian Government District 2017 Reports are now available online.
Eligible organizations can submit an application for Grant in Aid by June 30th of the current year. Please see the Document and Forms Page to download the application form and read about the Grant in Aid Procedure and the Annual Grant in Aid Use of Funds Report.
The SIGD Chief and Council is the governing body of the Sechelt Indian Government District. The SIGD Advisory Council is an advisory body to the SIGD Council, representing lessees within Sechelt Band Lands 1, 2, 19/20 and 23. Current members of the Advisory Council can be found on our CONTACTS page. SIGD Advisory Council minutes can be found in the SIGD Advisory Council Meeting Minutes section on the Forms and Documents page, linked below.
SIGD levies property tax annually on residents and businesses. Property taxes are based on assessed value obtained through BC Assessment Authority and the annual budget.
2018 Property Tax payments are due by July 3, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. A late penalty of 10 % is applied to current taxes not received by the due date.
You may qualify for a Home Owner Grant if you are the registered owner of a residence or the spouse or relative of the deceased owner and at the date the owner passed away you both occupied the residence as your principal residence. If you are 65 years of age the Basic Grant is up to $770. If you are older than 65, or a person with a disability the Additional Grant is up to $1,045. Applications for Home Owners Grant must be completed, signed and submitted annually to be applied to your property taxes. Information and application for the Home Owner Grant can be found on the back of your SIGD Property Tax Notice or on the Province of BC Website. If you did not claim a Home Owner Grant in the prior year you may be eligible for a Retroactive Home Owner Grant.