Guidelines

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 (September 2021): 

  • Applicants and permit holders seeking guidance on developing a Construction Environmental Management Plan must review the updated guidelines. The document includes updated references, language, and links.
  • The Archaeological Chance Find Procedure document provides guidance to permit holders on what to do if suspected archaeological resources are uncovered during the lifetime of a project. This document is not intended to be used to provide archaeological management recommendations for a project.

Application guides

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

July 2015 – Air Emission Management Plan [PDF]
July 2021 – Archaeological Chance Find Procedure [PDF]
September 2021 – Construction Environmental Management Plan [PDF]
June 2021 – Construction Outside of Regular Work Hours [PDF]
March 2020 – COVID-19 reviews [PDF]
May 2016 – Demolition [PDF]
October 2016 – Designated Projects [PDF]
April 2021 – Environmental Air Assessment [PDF]
July 2015 – Environmental Noise Assessment [PDF]
July 2015 – Habitat Assessment [PDF]
August 2020 – Independent Monitors and Monitoring Work Plans [PDF]
July 2021 – Indigenous Consultation – Information for Applicants [PDF]
December 2020 – Indigenous Consultation During COVID-19 [PDF]
July 2015 – Lighting [PDF]
July 2021 – Project Energy Information [PDF]
July 2021 – Public Engagement [PDF]
November 2021 – Public Engagement During COVID-19 [PDF]
October 2021 – Recreational dock guidelines – Burrard Inlet environmental areas [PDF]
January 2020 – Shore Protection Guidelines – Inspection, Maintenance, Design and Repair – Fraser River [PDF]
April 2018 – Shore Protection Guidelines – Inspection, Maintenance, Design and Repair – Vancouver Harbour [PDF]
July 2015 – Stakeholder Consultation [PDF]
July 2015 – Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan [PDF]
December 2015 – Transportation Guidelines [PDF]
July 2015 – View and Shade Impact [PDF]

Supporting materials

Land Use Plan [PDF]
Land Use Plan Map [PDF]
September 2019 – Project and Environmental Review Guiding Principles [PDF]
June 2021 – Record Drawing Standards for Projects [PDF]