Agri-tourism crackdown

The B.C. government wants to ensure its new rules on agri-tourism are followed.

To that end, the province has approved hiring four more enforcement officers. That brings to six the number available to follow up on complaints.

A story, published in The Province, states deputy agriculture minister Derek Sturko made the announcement Tuesday at the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention in Victoria.

Rules were loosened earlier this summer, allowing farmers to hold special agri-tourism events such as weddings on their property without a permit, providing certain conditions are met.

These include a maximum of 150 people in attendance, no more than 10 events per year and a stipulation no new permanent buildings are erected.

As is the case with municipal bylaws, officers will deal with complaints only.

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