Boulevard Program

The City of Victoria has approximately 300 kilometres of boulevards within its boundaries.

Most of these boulevards are maintained by property owners who own the land adjacent to the boulevard. Currently, the City offers a maintenance service to mow and edge boulevard grass.
 

A service fee is applied to a property owner's tax bill as a 'boulevard tax' and it is adjusted annually to cover costs. The size of boulevard that fronts a property determines the amount an owner will pay to have the City maintain the boulevard.

Property owners can choose to opt out of this service and do their own maintenance, or opt in to receive this service.

In the summer of 2014, Interim Boulevard Gardening Guidelines were developed to help beginners and experts garden on City of Victoria boulevards more confidently and responsibly.  Once a comprehensive boulevard review is completed, final guidelines will be introduced in 2016. To learn more about where you can garden, what you need to do before you dig, the benefits of boulevard gardening and the legal responsibilities involved read more here.

Opting Out or In

If you are currently taxed for boulevard maintenance, you have the option of continuing with the City's service or withdrawing and doing the work yourself. You can also opt in to the program to have the City service your boulevard.

Opting out or in must be done on a "per block" basis upon presenting a signed petition to City Council. The petition must be signed by registered owners representing two-thirds of the assessed property value and two-thirds of the properties. A petition can be for both sides of a block or just one side of a block.  

If more than one person owns a property -- for example, a husband and wife jointly own a property -- each registered owner must sign the petition.

If the petition meets the requirements, your property is then removed from or added to the Boulevard Taxation Program for the next calendar year.

A petition must be submitted before October 1 for consideration. Please allow 2 -  4 weeks for your petition to be reviewed. You will receive a letter notifying you if your petition has been accepted. If your petition is declined, you will be provided information as to why. You then have the option of revising and re-submitting your petition.

There is no cost to submit a petition form to opt in or out of the City's Boulevard Prorgram.

Petition Form

Below is a petition form that you can use for opting out of or in to the City's taxable boulevard maintenance service.

The petition form must be accompanied by a letter from the contact person for the block, including his/her name, address, postal code and a daytime phone number.

Completed petitions can be dropped off at the Parks Division office located at the end of Nursery Road in Beacon Hill Park from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. weekdays, or mailed to: City of Victoria Parks Division, #1 Centennial Square, Victoria BC V8W 1P6.

Edging

Each year, Parks staff spend part of the winter months edging turf areas throughout the City to maintain the width of Victoria's sidewalks and to ensure curbs and gutters remain free of vegetation.

City crews also ensure the access covers for underground services in the boulevards are kept clear of turf and can be easily located by those who need to service utilities underground. Edging also helps the line/curb painting crews with their work.
 

Only "taxed boulevards" are edged and this service occurs every 3 to 4 years. Crews also edge traffic islands, medians, greenways, parks and parkettes.