Under the Canada Marine Act, the Port of Vancouver is responsible for the administration, management and control of land and water within its jurisdiction. To effectively manage these responsibilities, the Port of Vancouver administers several permitting processes to ensure all developments and activities meet applicable standards and minimize environmental and community impacts.
the Port of Vancouver 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 of Vancouver’s jurisdiction are carefully considered before determining if they should proceed. Any projects considered must also be compatible with the Port of Vancouvers Land Use Plan and Letters Patent. Learn more about the Project and Environmental Review Process.
the Port of Vancouver issues Building and Occupancy Permits for buildings and structures within the port authority’s jurisdiction. We require that design drawings be reviewed to ensure buildings and structures meet the 2010 National Building Code of Canada and the 2010 National Fire Code of Canada. Learn more about the Building Permit Process.
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 the Land and Marine Event Permit Process.
Moratorium on recreational dock applications
We are not currently accepting any recreational dock applications within our jurisdiction, including single and shared docks. Any recreational dock applications currently under review are being processed. New recreational dock guidelines are being developed that will consider:
- environmental impacts
- marine navigation
- public access
- existing best practices
The current moratorium regarding recreational docks ensures that we can develop guidelines and review future applications in a consistent manner.
We have been reviewing our approach to recreational docks for several years with a goal of consistency and alignment with our new Land Use Plan and our Project and Environmental Review Process. During this time, various moratoriums have been placed on new recreational dock applications. We recognize and regret any inconvenience this may cause.
Recreational docks are those immediately in front of existing residential properties and are for non-commercial private use. Recreational dock owners have licenses for non-exclusive use, which means that the general public still have rights to access the waterfront.
Repairs to existing docks
If an existing dock requires repairs, please contact us to discuss your specific situation.
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