Project and Environment Review – Applicant

As you may know, the Government of Canada has passed legislation on the Impact Assessment Act. We wanted to inform project permit applicants that there will be changes to our review process affecting Category A and B project permits. As more information becomes available to us on this new legislation, we will ensure applicants are informed of the impacts this may have to the review process.

In the meantime, if you are a potential applicant and want to learn more about our Project and Environmental Review process, please review:

Project categories

Reviews of proposed projects under the PER process are broadly separated into four project categories: 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 guidelines.



Review process

There are three main phases and generally six process steps in  the port authority’s Project and Environmental Review process. Applicable process steps will differ by project category:

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

For full details of the review process steps, please consult the PER Application Guide.

Project Permit application

Before submitting an application, it is recommended to review the PER application guide, project categories list, works and activities exclusion list, and guiding principles documents available on the guidelines page.

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 review and project permit application.

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.


Depending on the category of review, the applicant may be required to submit an application fee, documentation deposit and incur other expenses as part of the Project and Environmental Review process, including costs associated with technical reports and studies, and undertaking consultation activities and reporting. Learn more about fees.

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.