Project and Environmental Review Renewal
In 2014, Port Metro Vancouver is undergoing a renewal of our project and environmental review process. Read more.
Applications in the Provincial Head Lease Area
Until the end of December 2014, Port Metro Vancouver holds a Head Lease with the Province of British Columbia that conveys authority over the use of waters and foreshore lands associated with the provincial bed of the Fraser River. After 2014, the province will resume responsibility for managing these areas of the river.
At this time, Port Metro Vancouver is no longer accepting project permit applications in the Head Lease area. For potential projects in the Head Lease area prior to December 2014, contact Port Metro Vancouver for more information.
Permits must be obtained for any development activities on land, water and air space administered by Port Metro Vancouver, including all property leased or licensed to other parties. New developments should also support land use objectives as described in the Port Metro Vancouver Land Use Plan.
All potential works must be discussed with Port Metro Vancouver to determine what level of review is appropriate and what standards will apply.
Please review the Project Review Guide for further information about project permits, building permits, the environmental review process, and what documentation may be required in support of a proposal.
Project Review Applicant’s Guide
Project Permit Application Form (no dredging)
Project Permit Application Form (dredging)
Port Metro Vancouver issues its own building permits on port-owned lands using accredited building code professionals contracted for plan review. Port Metro Vancouver requires that design drawings be reviewed to ensure buildings and structures meet the 2010 National Building Code of Canada and the National or BC Fire Code.
Building Permit Review Process
Letters of Assurance
As part of the continuous effort to balance the needs of the port, residential waterfront property owners, the community, First Nations and municipalities, Port Metro Vancouver is developing a Recreational Waterfront Management Plan and Implementation Strategy, resulting from a study that commenced in March 2008. The study area is limited to Burrard Inlet east of Second Narrows, Indian Arm (excluding Bedwell Bay) and Port Moody Arm.
During the planning process, Port Metro Vancouver is not accepting applications for new single-use residential recreational waterfront facilities. Shared residential recreational waterfront facilities may be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Applications are still being accepted for Bedwell Bay, Belcarra.
Guidelines for Sustainable Recreational Waterfront Development
For more information, contact Planning and Development