Project and Environmental Review

Under the Canada Marine Act, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is responsible for the administration, management and control of land and water within its jurisdiction. To effectively manage these responsibilities, the port authority administers several permitting processes to ensure all developments and activities meet applicable standards and minimize environmental and community impacts.

The Project and Environmental Review Process applies to all proposed physical works and activities on federal lands and waters partially or wholly within the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s jurisdiction.

Proposed works and activities within or partially within the port authority’s jurisdiction are required to obtain a Project and Environmental Review Project Permit, and in some cases also a Building Permit, in order to proceed.

Are you a member of the public?

If you are a member of the public and want to learn more about a project or our Project and Environmental Review Process, please explore our project categories, Project and Environmental Process Review Steps, Status of Project Permit Applications, read about project applications and permit approvals, sign up for our Project Permit Updates newsletter, or contact us for more information.

Are you an applicant?

If you are a potential applicant and want to learn more about our Project and Environmental Review Process, please review:

Project categories

The Project and Environmental Review Process is divided into four project categories of review*: A, B, C and D. The lettered categories range in complexity with Category A being the least complex and D being the most complex. For full details of the project categories, please consult the Project and Environmental Review Application Guide and Project and Environmental Review Categories Document.

Project and Environmental Review Process steps

There are three main phases and generally six process steps in the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s Project and Environmental Review Process. Applicable process steps will differ* by project category.

It is recommended to review the Project and Environmental Review Application Guide, the Project and Environmental Review Categories Document, the Project and Environmental Review Guiding Principles, and the Works and Activities Exclusion List before submitting an application. Additional information on submitting a Project Permit application is available in the sections below.

Project Category A Process Steps
Project Category B Process Steps
Project Category C Process Steps
Project Category D Process Steps

Guidelines

Applicants are required to review the guidelines when preparing their applications and determining the scope of required studies. Learn more about our guidelines and other documents.

Project Permit application

A preliminary project review is required for Category C or D projects. Applicants may also request a preliminary review of a Category B project. Preliminary reviews are not required for Category A projects. Learn more about a Preliminary Project inquiry and Project Permit Application Forms.

Amendments and extensions

Proposed substantial changes to a project’s design or scope, including changes to construction methods and practices reviewed as part of the Project and Environmental Review and permit validity dates, must be submitted to the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority for consideration. Learn more about amendments and extensions.

Status of Project Permit applications

Review the current Project Permits that are in the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s Project and Environmental Review Process, and information on Project Permits recently issued. Learn more about the status of Project Permit applications.

More information

The review process was renewed in 2015, following stakeholder feedback and evaluation by an independent consultant. For more information, read the 2014 Project Review Evaluation Report [PDF] or our topics of interest page on project applications and permit approvals.

For regular updates on permitting and status of project applications, please sign up for our Project Permit Updates newsletter.

If you have questions, please email our Planning and Development department or call 604.665.9047.