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Project Review and Permits


Project and Environmental Review Renewal

In 2014, Port Metro Vancouver is undergoing a renewal of our project and environmental review process.  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. Port Metro Vancouver’s Environmental Programs Department will continue to accept projects that are considered maintenance or emergency works.

For information about submitting applications to the BC Ministry of Forest, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO) starting January 1, 2015, please refer to the documents and website below:

Should you have questions on the above, please contact us or FrontCounter BC at 604-586-4400 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.

Project Permits
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.

Building Permits
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.

Recreational Docks

Port Metro Vancouver is currently not accepting any recreational dock applications within our jurisdiction, including both single and shared docks. Any recreational dock applications currently under review are being processed.

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