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


2024 North Okanagan Regional District Mosquito Control Non-election Assent Voting – March 2, 2024

For information not related to campaign financing or advertising, such as how to vote or how to file nomination papers, please contact the North Okanagan Regional District.

Key Dates Deadlines
February 3, 2024 – March 2, 2024 Assent Voting Proceedings Period
March 2, 2024 General Voting Day
May 31, 2024 Filing Deadline
July 2, 2024 Late Filing Deadline

2023 Cariboo Regional District Fire Tender Replacements Non-election Assent Voting – November 4, 2023

For information not related to campaign financing or advertising, such as how to vote or how to file nomination papers, please contact the Cariboo Regional District.

Key Dates Deadlines
October 7, 2023 – November 4, 2023 Assent Voting Proceedings Period
November 4, 2023 General Voting Day
February 2, 2024 Filing Deadline
March 4, 2024 Late Filing Deadline

2023 Columbia Shuswap Regional District Watershed Council Service Bylaw Non-election Assent Voting – February 3, 2024 – UPDATED

For information not related to campaign financing or advertising, such as how to vote or how to file nomination papers, please contact the Columbia Shuswap Regional District.

Key Dates Deadlines
January 6, 2024 – February 3, 2024 Assent Voting Proceedings Period
February 3, 2024 General Voting Day
May 3, 2024 Filing Deadline
June 3, 2024 Late Filing Deadline