Under the Canada Marine Act, the 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 (PER) 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 PER Permit, and in some cases also a Building Permit, in order to proceed. For those wishing to submit permit applications please use the online permit portal.
The permitting process was renewed in 2015, following stakeholder feedback and evaluation by an independent consultant. For more information, read the 2014 Project Review Evaluation Report or the project applications and permit approvals summary.
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.