A bailiff is a person who acts on behalf of a business, or another person, to:

  • collect money owed
  • seize or repossess property, or
  • evict a tenant from a property

There are two types of bailiffs in BC; licensed bailiffs and court-appointed bailiffs. There are different rules for each type of bailiff.

Licensed bailiffs

When bailiffs are not acting on a court order, they are acting as a debt collector and they must be licensed with us and follow the debt collection and consumer protection laws that we oversee.

Read the Debt Collection and Repayment Regulation.
Read the Business Practices and Consumer Protection Act, Part 7.

Court bailiffs

Court bailiffs are appointed by the Attorney General under the Sheriff Act and they are legally authorized to enforce (civil) court orders. Some court bailiffs hold a licence with us, but it is not required to perform court-ordered tasks and we have no oversight over these types of bailiffs.

Looking for information on the debt collection and debt repayment security claim form?

Read our consumer tips on bailiffs