Project Review

Environmental review of shoreline projects, physical works and activities is now undertaken by the relevant government agencies with responsibility to undertake review, depending on the location and scope of a proposed project.

Whilst the opportunity for coordinated project review is no longer available, shoreline projects are still required to comply with all applicable environmental legislation. It is the responsibility of a project proponent to obtain all necessary reviews, approvals, authorizations and permits for proposed work.

General guidance for ongoing review of projects:

If all or part of a project occurs below the high water east of the Lions Gate Bridge in Burrard Inlet, below high water in the Fraser River downstream of Maple Ridge and upstream of Richmond, or below high water in the Pitt River, it is likely your project will fall within the permitting jurisdiction of Port Metro Vancouver. Please contact Port Metro Vancouver to confirm if your project is within Port Metro Vancouver jurisdiction.

As of December 31, 2014 projects occurring in the lower Fraser River, downstream of Richmond and Delta will be reviewed by the Province of British Columbia, via Front Counter BC.

Access the BIEAP Project Review Files
Access the BIEAP Project Review Files

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) Pacific Region Fisheries Protection Program is responsible for protecting and conserving marine, intertidal and freshwater fisheries resources in BC and Yukon. For all works in and around water, DFO’s Projects Near Water website can provide further guidance.

For all in-water works with a potential to affect navigation please see Transport Canada’s Navigation Protection Program website.

Projects in and around freshwater ecosystems and other natural resources in the BC Lower Mainland should be referred to Front Counter BC.

Your local Municipal Office may also provide guidance regarding environmental approvals and permitting of projects.

To see the register of past BIEAP-FREMP project review files, you can access the BIEAP files here, and the FREMP files here.

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