Cannabis FAQ's

    Are cannabis retail stores permitted in Abbotsford, and if so, what are the rules?

    New regulations for cannabis stores are now in effect. The Zoning Bylaw identifies 10 lots on which 'Cannabis Store' is a permitted use and there is a limit of 4 stores within the City.

    The 4-store limit is based on direction from Council and reflects the guiding principles for the planning process endorsed in May 2019. As per the guiding principles, the City is taking measured and incremental steps in planning for cannabis stores. Eligible lots were identified through analysis of the OCP, zoning and lot size criteria, and refined based on community feedback. This resulted in a reasonable number of lots for pre-zoning (10 lots) in order to accommodate the 4-store limit. The opportunity for additional lots and stores could be considered by Council in the future, based on the City's experience with the first 4 stores.

    What is the status of the Application Process for Cannabis Retail Stores?

    The application process commenced February 3, 2020 with a consolidated intake period. The application intake was open for 3 months (closing on May 1, 2020) and 8 applications were received during this time. Staff are now working on screening applications as per Section 10 of Council’s Cannabis Retail Store Policy. The next step is an introduction report to Council this summer with an opportunity for public input to follow. For more information, please contact staff at planning-info@abbotsford.ca or 604-864-5510.

    Where is it illegal to smoke/vape cannabis in Abbotsford?

    City Council recently updated the Smoking Regulation Bylaw, No 2694-2017 to prohibit cannabis smoking and vaping in the same areas in which smoking was already prohibited by municipal bylaw. These changes were made following consultation with the Medical Health Officer for the Fraser Health Authority.

    In addition, provincial law restricts the smoking and vaping of cannabis in many public areas including areas in which children are likely to gather, including playgrounds, sports fields, and skate parks, on school properties and in vehicles. 


    If I see illegal smoking/vaping, who do I contact?

    If you observe violations, please contact the City’s Bylaw Services team or call 604-864-5512. You may also contact the Abbotsford Police Department’s non-emergency line at 604-859-5225.

    Is smoking/vaping in townhouses/apartments legal?

    The Provincial Residential Tenancy Act and Manufactured Home Park Tenancy Actallow property owners to prohibit cannabis smoking under existing leases that prohibit smoking tobacco and to prohibit the personal cultivation of cannabis under existing leases, except for federally authorized medical cannabis. For new leases, the existing provisions of each Act that allow landlords and tenants to negotiate the terms of leases will apply. It is the responsibility of management to ensure rules are being enforced. 

    If I have health concerns who can I contact?

    For all health concerns, please contact Fraser Health