Local Assent Voting

Assent voting is voting on a bylaw or another matter for which a local government is required to obtain voters’ permission to spend money on a project. Assent voting is sometimes referred to as a “referendum” and can be held with a local election or on its own. Non-election assent voting is when the assent voting is held on its own.

Elections BC oversees election advertising rules for local elections and assent voting in B.C., including registering advertising sponsors. Local governments administer all other aspects of the vote.

For more information about the rules, read the Guide for Local Non-election Assent Voting Advertising Sponsors in B.C. (PDF) or visit our Local Elections FAQs.

Current non-election assent voting dates and information


NEW 2021 Thompson-Nicola Regional District Black Pines Community Water System Upgrade Non-election Assent Voting – February 20, 2021

For information not related to advertising, such as what the assent voting question is or how to vote, please contact the Thompson-Nicola Regional District. This non-election assent voting takes place in Kamloops.

Key Dates Deadlines
January 23, 2021 – February 20, 2021 Assent Voting Proceedings Period
Saturday, February 20, 2021 General Voting Day
Friday, May 21, 2021 Financing disclosure statement filing deadline
Monday, June 21, 2021 Financing disclosure statement late filing deadline with $500 late filing fee