Development and permits

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority conducts a variety of planning activities to develop port lands and manage the long-term growth of the Port of Vancouver in a socially, environmentally and economically sustainable manner.

Infrastructure and development

Demand for Canadian trade is increasing, and the Vancouver gateway is growing as a result. The port authority leads development of common use infrastructure both on and off the port, while port tenants lead on-terminal improvements. Projects can range from overpasses and large-scale terminal reconfigurations to minor upgrades to existing facilities. Learn more about development projects.

Project and environmental review

The port authority developed the project and environmental review process to fulfill our responsibilities under the Canada Marine Act and the Impact Assessment Act and its predecessor legislation, and to ensure that proposed works and activities within the port authority’s jurisdiction are carefully considered before determining if they should proceed. Any projects considered must also be compatible with the port authority’s land use plan and letters patent. Learn more about the project and environmental review process and guidelines for applicants.

Status of permit applications

Review the current project permits that are in the port authority’s Project and Environmental Review Process, and information on project permits recently issued. Learn more about the status of permit applications.

Land use planning

The Canada Marine Act sets a clear requirement for Canada Port Authorities to adopt a comprehensive land use plan which includes its objectives and policies around development decisions. Similar to a municipality’s official community plan, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority Land Use Plan guides development of port lands and waters over the next 15 to 20 years. Learn more about land use planning at the Port of Vancouver.

Building permits

The port authority issues Building and Occupancy Permits for buildings and structures within its jurisdiction. We require that design drawings be reviewed to ensure buildings and structures meet the 2015 National Building Code of Canada and the 2015 National Fire Code of Canada. Learn more about building permits.

Recreational docks

The port authority has been reviewing our approach to recreational docks for several years with a goal of consistency and alignment with our land use plan and our project and environmental review process. We are not currently accepting any recreational dock applications within our jurisdiction, including single and shared docks. Learn more about recreational docks.

Land and marine event permits

Port users who wish to conduct certain land and marine events are required to apply for a permit. Each application is examined so that any safety and operational concerns can be addressed, in order for the event or procedure to be safe and successful. Learn more about land and marine event permits.


Port lands are federal property managed by port authority and located in Burrard Inlet, Roberts Bank and parts of the Fraser River. These lands are available for many different purposes – from major marine terminals to public recreation. Learn more about leasing.