COVID-19: Restoring Richmond Plan
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Public Safety

COVID-19: Affected City Services & Facilities

The City is carefully restoring services and facilities impacted by COVID-19. Programs and services will return in steps, each progressing to expanded use and access. This page will be updated as new information becomes available.

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Animal Services

Animal Control Services
Animal Control Services will continue between the hours of 7:00am and 9:00pm, 7 days a week. These services include:
  • Responding to calls threatening public safety
  • Stray dog pickup
  • Dog bite investigations
Please contact our office via email at bylawrequest@richmond.ca or call 604-276-4345 to report an animal control violation.

Dog Licencing
Dog Licencing services are uninterrupted and are available through the City website or by calling Community Bylaws at 604-276-4345 between the hours of 8:15am to 5:00pm, Monday to Friday.

Richmond Animal Shelter
The Richmond Animal Shelter is now closed to the public. Please call 604-275-2036 for emergency surrenders and strays. For general inquires regarding the Regional Animal Protection Society (RAPS), visit their website.

Arenas

All arenas are closed:
  • Minoru Arenas - closed
  • Richmond Ice Centre - closed

Arts, Culture & Heritage Sites Update Icon 2 MAY 12

All arts, culture and heritage facilities and sites are closed including:
  • Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site - closed
  • Gateway Theatre - closed
  • London Heritage Farm - closed
  • Minoru Chapel - closed
  • Richmond Cultural Centre - closed
    • Richmond Arts Centre - closed
    • Richmond Art Gallery - closed
    • Richmond Media Lab - closed
    • Richmond Museum - closed
  • Steveston Interurban Tram - closed
  • Steveston Museum - closed

Building, Gas, Plumbing & Tree Permits Update Icon 2  MAY 11

Building, Gas, Plumbing, Tree & Demolition Permit Applications

  • Completed application forms and supporting materials along with payment by cheque can be sent to Richmond City Hall via courier only. Please contact Plans Processing staff at 604-276-4285 to arrange for drop off and receipt of materials.
  • Electronic applications and supporting materials can also be submitted. Completed forms, materials and a covering message should be emailed to building@richmond.ca.
  • Email building@richmond.ca or call 604-276-4118 for general inquiries.
  • Inquiries on applications that are already in-process should be forwarded to the Plan Reviewer in charge via email or telephone. Please include your address or permit number in all correspondence.

Building, Gas, Plumbing & Tree Inspections

  • Requests for inspections continue to be received, however some may have unavoidable service delay or interruption.
  • All physical site inspections within existing, occupied residential dwellings are suspended until further notice.
  • For all other construction, alternative arrangements to inspection compliance may be made upon contacting the inspector:
    • to arrange for recognition of work through site observation reports from the registered professional.
    • to arrange for site conditions that will allow physical inspection respecting all VCH and WorkSafe regulations and guidelines.
  • Contact 604-276-4111 for general inquiries on inspection procedures.

Business Licences

Business Licence Applications will be processed, however, those that require inspections may be delayed. For specific questions about applications, contact buslic@richmond.ca  or phone 604-276-4328.
  • For any concerns about businesses not complying with Provincial Public Health Orders, the public is encouraged to send the details to bylawrequest@richmond.ca
  • All other Business Licence and Bylaw services remain as usual (unless noted otherwise).

Bylaw Enforcement

Bylaw Enforcement Officers are supporting enforcement of the provincial health officer’s orders for business closures and gatherings by:
  • Patrolling parks and public spaces to educate the public on the importance of physical distancing.
  • Inspecting and monitoring businesses. Businesses are required to follow all City, Provincial and Federal laws; if businesses are not in compliance, licenses may be suspended and the business may be subject to fines related to their license.

Child Care

  • Spring break programs and child care programs in community centres have been discontinued and all community centres are closed (see Recreation & Community Centres below).
  • Additional child care services are operated by various organizations in Richmond, including non-profit organizations, private businesses and individuals. These services are regulated under Provincial legislation and are required to continue to follow any specific COVID-19 related instructions from Vancouver Coastal Health. The Provincial Medical Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, has instructed that "all parents who are able to care for their children at home should do so" but has not ordered widespread closures at this point.
  • Child care providers have been directed to prioritize child care for families who work in essential services and are unable to care for their children at home.
    • Families who work in essential services and have an existing child care space should contact their child care facility directly regarding emergency child care services for essential workers during the pandemic.
    • Families who work in essential services who require child care should refer to the information available on the Richmond Child Care Resource and Referral website.

City Construction Projects

Most active City road and utility capital projects are continuing, with contractors following the guidance of the Provincial Health Officer.

City Hall & Customer Service Update Icon 2 MAY 9

  • City Hall is closed to the public.
  • The City continues to offer services and can be reached by telephone at 604-276-4000 and email at infocentre@richmond.ca, or by contacting a department directly.

City Planning

Meetings, Public Hearings and Development Permit Panel
  • Council Meetings, Planning Committee Meetings, and Public Hearings are proceeding as scheduled (see Council & Committee Meetings below).  Members of the public who are interested in submitting comments and feedback on land use applications are encouraged to submit any comments and feedback via email to devapps@richmond.ca or letter mailed to City Hall.
  • Development Permit Panel - Members of the public who are interested in submitting comments and feedback on Development Permit applications are encouraged to submit any comments and feedback via email to devapps@richmond.ca. Any applicants with questions on their applications should contact their Planner or call 604-276-4138 or 604-204-8653. Additional details on upcoming Development Permit Panel meetings will be released as this information becomes available. Information on upcoming Development Permit Panel meetings can be found on the Development Permit Panel page.
Development Applications
  • Previously submitted Development Applications continue to be processed. Staff are available by email and phone. 
  • New applications can be submitted by Courier to City Hall. 
  • Any applicants with questions on their applications should contact the Planner or call 604-276-4138 or 604-204-8653

Council & Committee Meetings

  • Community members are encouraged to stream Regular Council Meetings online
  • Delegations wishing to be heard on an item that is on the Regular Council Meeting agenda can submit comments by 6 p.m. on the Monday of the meeting by emailing cityclerk@richmond.ca or dropping off comments in the Drop Box outside City Hall.

COVID-19 Business Support Centre

The City of Richmond has launched a virtual COVID-19 Business Support Centre in order to provide a centralized source of accurate and timely information for local businesses who are being impacted by the current pandemic.

The Support Centre will provide information related to:
  • City services and initiatives
  • Support programs and resources developed specifically for businesses by all levels of government and other agencies
Businesses can access the COVID-19 Business Support Centre by:

Economic Development

The City of Richmond has launched a virtual COVID-19 Business Support Centre in order to provide a centralized source of accurate and timely information for local businesses who are being impacted by the current pandemic.

The Support Centre will provide information related to:
  • City services and initiatives
  • Support programs and resources developed specifically for businesses by all levels of government and other agencies
Businesses can access the COVID-19 Business Support Centre by:

Events

  • All City events are cancelled up to June 30, 2020
  • Any community events submitted through REACT with the potential to involve the gathering of 50 or more people are cancelled up to June 30, 2020

Film Office

  • All productions are temporarily on hold until further notice.
  • Upcoming studio development projects are still underway.
  • The set pieces at Garry Point Park continue to remain up during this time and will be assessed on a weekly basis.

Fire Rescue

Richmond Fire Rescue stations are operational but closed to the public:
  • No. 1 Hall (City Centre) –operational, closed to public access
  • No. 2 Hall (Steveston) – operational, closed to public access
  • No. 3 Hall (Cambie) – operational, closed to public access
  • No. 4 Hall (Sea Island) – operational, closed to public access
  • No. 5 Hall (Hamilton) – operational, closed to public access
  • No. 6 Hall (Shellmont) – operational, closed to public access
  • No. 7 Hall (Crestwood) –operational, closed to public access

Physical onsite inspections are suspended at this time.

Garbage, Recycling & Organics

Collections

Regular scheduled Garbage and Recycling Collection is continuing.

Recycling Depot

Recycling Depot is open.

  • Hours: 9:00am to 6:15pm, Tuesday to Sunday
  • Effective April 16, 2020, the Recycling Depot has resumed collection of white foam (Styrofoam) for drop-off.
  • Credit or debit card payment only. Cash is no longer accepted at this time.
  • In order to maintain social distancing, staff are no longer able to assist with unloading recycling materials and placing into roll off bins. In the case of heavy/awkward items, users will be asked to remain in their vehicle and staff will unload.
  • A limited number of vehicles will be permitted on-site at a time.
  • If you plan on visiting the Richmond Recycling Depot, please follow the steps recommended by local public health authorities:
    • Don't visit the Recycling Depot if you feel unwell
    • Wash your hands before and after your visit
    • Keep physical distance from other guests and Recycling Depot Staff

Please Do Not Litter

City crews are doing their best to get littered items (such as face masks and gloves) cleaned up as quickly as possible, but this is a safety risk for them as well. Please help us keep this community safe – do not litter these potentially bio-hazardous materials.

Safe Waste Disposal

New guidelines for safe waste disposal to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep our collection staff safe:

  • Dispose of all the following in the garbage:
    • Personal hygiene products
    • Used tissues
    • Disposable wipes, even those listed as flushable or compostable
    • Cleaning cloths
    • Face masks
    • Gloves
    • All similar items
  • Place these items into garbage bags and tie the bag securely (do not throw loose items into garbage bins).
  • Do not dispose these items down toilets, sinks or drains.
  • Please do not put any of these items in your Recycling Bins or Green Cart.
  • If you’re sick or caring for someone who is sick:
    • Double bag all personal waste in plastic garbage bags
    • Securely tie all bags shut and dispose of as regular residential garbage

Homelessness

The City has created a guide of available resources for individuals in Richmond experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic:

Housing

The Province of British Columbia has created new regulations and resources to assist renters during the COVID-19 pandemic. For a summary of available resources, visit the COVID-19 Housing Resources page.

Libraries

All branches, book dispensers and book drops are temporarily closed but we are still here to answer your questions Monday to Friday from 9:00am-4:30pm.
  • For Information Services, please call 604-231-6413 or email us.
  • For direct help from a librarian about eBook, audiobook and eResources, please call 778-837-6896.
  • For library card and account questions, please call 778-229-4617.
  • Don’t have a library card? Apply online to access eServices from home and library staff will email you your card number and pin.
  • No late fines will be charged during the closure. All due dates will be extended and your holds will be kept for you until service resumes. 
Keep reading and learning and stay informed and entertained through our online resources.
  • Delivery to Home Services customers continues. 
  • Did you know there are many online resources that Richmond residents and Richmond Public Library (RPL) cardholders can access from home? Find them all here.
  • Inspire your curiosity with RPL’s new online programs! Enjoy storytimes, practice your English or learn a new skill from home. Check out our full list of online programs here.

We miss you and look forward to seeing you at the library again soon.

Meals to Go

Seniors Centre at Minoru Centre for Active Living is offering Meals to Go for all ages during current closure. Frozen and fresh options including entrees, soup and limited baked good are available for take-out Monday to Friday from 10:00am-2:00pm (closed on statutory holidays). See Minoru Senior Society Cafeteria for more details.

Parking

Parking Enforcement

Community Bylaws will resume enforcement of all parking regulations within the City of Richmond, beginning May 11th, 2020.

Parking Violations Notices

Parking violation operations, including issuing tickets, payment processing, and requesting to adjudicate/dispute your bylaw violation notice will continue.

  • If you wish to dispute your parking ticket, please email bylawticket@richmond.ca or call our office at 604-276-4345 and a screener will assist you.
  • Due to City Hall Closure, all Parking violation payments must be made either online or via Canada Post and must be paid by the deadline noted on the ticket.

Parking Permits

Purchasing of monthly parking permits including McDonald Beach, have been suspended until further notice.

Metered Parking

 As a result of the evolving health crisis, pay stations for metered parking will no longer be accepting coins in an effort to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. Payments can be made via credit card or mobile app.

Parks, Trails, Playgrounds & Outdoor Amenities

  • The following outdoor amenities are closed:
    • Playgrounds on City and School District property - closed
    • Sports fields - closed
    • Tennis courts - closed
    • Basketball courts - closed
    • Volleyball courts - closed
    • Skate parks - closed
    • Bike parks - closed
    • Lacrosse boxes - closed
    • West Richmond outdoor fitness area - closed
  • Richmond Nature Park - closed
  • Parks and trails - open with physical distancing measures strictly required.
  • Garry Point Park - open with implementation of PDF Document one-way walking route.
  • Public washrooms - the majority are open, with select locations closed.
    View PDF DocumentLow or No Cost Community Meals and Food Programs Map to learn more.
  • Minoru Track – open with physical distancing measures strictly required.
  • Dog parks – some closures with physical distancing measures strictly required. See Dogs in Parks for specific off-leash closures.

Pedestrian Crosswalks (Automated)

In our effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19, we have automated 20 high volume pedestrian crosswalk locations in Richmond.
  • On a 24 hour cycle the crossing signal will activate every few minutes, based on traffic.
  • The automated crossings are clearly marked with temporary signage above the buttons.
  • The button will still work, and if you choose to press one, please do so hygienically for your safety.
Automated Pedestrian Crosswalk Locations
  1. No. 3 Rd and Granville Ave
  2. No. 3 Rd and Park Rd
  3. No. 3 Rd and Cook Rd
  4. No. 3 Rd and Brighouse Bus Mall
  5. No. 3 Rd and Saba Rd
  6. No. 3 Rd and Westminster Hwy
  7. No. 3 Rd and Ackroyd Rd
  8. No. 3 Rd and Lansdowne Rd
  9. No. 3 Rd and Lansdowne Mall Rd (North/South only)
  10. No. 3 Rd and Alderbridge Way
  11. No. 3 Rd and Leslie Rd
  12. No. 3 Rd and Cambie Rd
  13. No. 3 Rd and Yaohan Mall (North/South only)
  14. Hazelbridge Way and Cambie Rd
  15. Buswell Rd and Saba Rd
  16. Minoru Blvd and Westminster Hwy
  17. Minoru Blvd and Granville Ave
  18. Gilbert Rd and Westminster Hwy
  19. Gilbert Rd and Granville Ave
  20. No. 1 Rd and Moncton St
  21. Railway Ave and Blundell Rd
  22. Railway Ave and Francis Rd
  23. Railway Ave and Williams Rd
  24. Railway Ave and Steveston Hwy
  25. Railway Ave and Garry St (North/South only)

Permits & Licencing

New Permit Applications
  • Application forms for the following permits/payments can be sent to Richmond City Hall via courier or regular mail, along with payment by cheque:
  • Watercourse Crossing, Donation bins, and other Engineering Permits
  • Damage Deposits
  • The City is not accepting cash payments until September 30. Staff are available by phone as listed on the City website to answer questions.
Business Licence Applications
  • Business Licence Applications will be processed, however, those that require inspections may be delayed. For specific questions about applications, contact buslic@richmond.ca or phone 604-276-4328.
  • For any concerns about businesses not complying with Provincial Public Health Orders, the public is encouraged to send the details to bylawrequest@richmond.ca
  • All other Business Licence and Bylaw services remain as usual (unless noted otherwise).

Public Consultations

In-person public open houses are cancelled.  Consultation and communications are being shifted online to platforms including LetsTalkRichmond and virtual open houses.

Public Washrooms

  • The majority of the City’s public park washrooms remain open.
  • To view the locations and times of available washrooms and showers, download 
    PDF Document Public Washroom Map & Inventory.
  • Washrooms will continue to be regularly maintained and cleaned.
  • An additional portable toilet is open at Lang Centre Park (corner of Saba Road and Buswell Street) 24 hours a day.

RCMP (Police)

  • Policing services are deployed from the Richmond RCMP Detachment at 11411 No. 5 Road. Access to the public is limited.
  • For non-emergencies, call 604-278-1212.
  • Community Police Offices in City Centre, South Arm and Steveston are closed.

Recreation & Community Centres

All swimming pools are closed:
  • Minoru Aquatic Centre - closed
  • Watermania - closed
All arenas are closed:
  • Minoru Arenas - closed
  • Richmond Ice Centre - closed
All community centres are closed:
  • Cambie Community Centre - closed
  • City Centre Community Centre - closed
  • Hamilton Community Centre - closed
  • Lang Centre - closed
  • Minoru Centre for Active Living* - closed
  • Sea Island Community Centre - closed
  • South Arm Community Centre - closed
  • Steveston Community Centre - closed
  • Thompson Community Centre - closed
  • West Richmond Community Centre - closed

* Seniors Centre at Minoru Centre for Active Living is offering Meals to Go for all ages during current closure. Frozen and fresh options including entrees, soup and limited baked good are available for take-out Monday to Friday from 10:00am-2:00pm. See Minoru Senior Society Cafeteria for more details.

Child care programs and Spring Break programs at community centres have been discontinued.

Richmond Olympic Oval

Seniors

During the current COVID-19 outbreak, the City encourages residents to make time to stay physically and mentally well: eat healthy, be as active as possible and stay connected to others. Visit the Supporting Richmond Seniors page for more details.

Spring & Summer Program Registration

Spring 2020 programs cancelled

As City facilities remain closed due to COVID-19, all Spring registered programs have been cancelled. A credit for May and June registered program cancellations will be applied to customer accounts.

Staff will be working hard to process all May and June program credits as quickly as possible. If you would prefer a refund rather than an account credit or would like further information about the status of your registered programs, please contact the Registration Call Centre: 604-276-4300, Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 5:00pm (excluding statutory holidays) or email reghelp@richmond.ca.

Note: Account credits are not viewable on your MyRichmond account. In order to receive or check the status of your refunds, including your account credit amount, please contact the Registration Call Centre.

Summer 2020 registration postponed
With facilities still closed, the City of Richmond has postponed 2020 summer registration of community programs and services at this time. Please regularly check this page or follow us on social media for up-to-date information.

Swimming Pools

All swimming pools are closed:
  • Minoru Aquatic Centre - closed
  • Watermania - closed

Works Yard

  • The Richmond Recycling Depot (5555 Lynas Lane) remains open with measures in place for the safety of staff and users.
  • Works Yard administration buildings are closed to the public:
    • Community Services - closed
    • Public Works - closed
    • Environmental Programs - closed
  • The City continues to offer services and can be reached by telephone and email by contacting a department directly.