To assist applicants in preparing their applications and determining the scope of required studies, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has developed application guides and technical guidelines as listed below. If you have questions, please contact our Planning and Development team at 604.665.9047 or at [email protected].

Latest updates (July 2021): 

  • Applicants and permit holders interested in the Project Energy Study guidelines may now refer to the Project Energy Information guidelines. The guidelines now have a new name and have been updated to be more effective.
  • Applicants and permit holders are now required to use port authority AutoCAD templates for any drawings related to Civil works. This will allow for existing infrastructure utility data to be available from the beginning of the review process. Please see the updated Record Drawings Standards for more information.

Application guides

Category A permit bundling New March 2020 [PDF]
Project and Environmental Review Application Guide Updated May 2021 [PDF]
Project and Environmental Review Categories Updated September 2019 [PDF]
Works and Activities Exclusion List Updated September 2019 [PDF]

Technical guidelines

Technical studies may be required to support the review of a Project Permit. Depending on the category of review, a project may also require Indigenous, stakeholder and/or public consultation. The need for technical studies will be confirmed in the preliminary review phase of the Project and Environmental Review Process, but will generally only be required for Category C and D reviews. Please note these guidelines may be updated, or new guidelines may be added to the list.

Air Emission Management Plan [PDF]
Construction Environmental Management Plan [PDF]
Construction Outside of Regular Work Hours Updated June 2021 [PDF]
COVID-19 reviews New March 2020 [PDF]
Demolition [PDF]
Designated Projects [PDF]
Environmental Air Assessment Updated April 2021 [PDF]
Environmental Noise Assessment [PDF]
Habitat Assessment [PDF]
Independent Monitors and Monitoring Work Plans New August 2020 [PDF]
Indigenous Consultation – Information for Applicants Updated July 2021 [PDF]
Indigenous Consultation During COVID-19 New December 2020 [PDF]
Lighting [PDF]
Project Energy Information Updated July 2021 [PDF]
Public Engagement Updated September 2019 [PDF]
Public Engagement During COVID-19 New April 2020 [PDF]
Recreational dock guidelines – Burrard Inlet environmental areas [PDF]
Shore Protection Guidelines – Inspection, Maintenance, Design and Repair – Fraser River [PDF]
Shore Protection Guidelines – Inspection, Maintenance, Design and Repair – Vancouver Harbour [PDF]
Stakeholder Consultation [PDF]
Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan [PDF]
Transportation Guidelines [PDF]
View and Shade Impact [PDF]

Supporting materials

Land Use Plan [PDF]
Land Use Plan Map [PDF]
Project and Environmental Review Guiding Principles [PDF]
Record Drawing Standards for Projects Updated June 2021 [PDF]