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 (January 2022): 

  • Applicants seeking guidance on preparing an application that includes the demolition of a building or portion of a building on land and water within port authority jurisdiction, must review the updated guidelines. The document includes updated references, language, and links.
  • Applicants looking to better understand the Stakeholder Consultation requirements must review the updated guidelines. This document has updated links and language.
  • Applicants seeking guidance regarding Vancouver Harbour Shoreline Protection requirements can review the updated guidelines. This document has updated links and language.
  • Applicants seeking guidance on extended work hour requests can review the Construction Outside of Regular Work Hours updated guidelines. This document has updated language.

Application guides

Category A permit bundling (March 2020) [PDF]
Project and Environmental Review Application Guide (November 2021) [PDF]
Project and Environmental Review Categories (September 2019) [PDF]
Works and Activities Exclusion List (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 (July 2015) [PDF]
Archaeological Chance Find Procedure (July 2021)  [PDF]
Construction Environmental Management Plan (September 2021) [PDF]
Construction Outside of Regular Work Hours (August 2022)  [PDF]
Demolition (January 2022) [PDF]
Designated Projects (October 2016) [PDF]
Environmental Air Assessment (April 2021) [PDF]
Environmental Noise Assessment (July 2015) [PDF]
Habitat Assessment (July 2015) [PDF]
Independent Monitors and Monitoring Work Plans (August 2020) [PDF]
Indigenous Consultation – Information for Applicants (July 2021) [PDF]
Lighting (June 2022) [PDF]
Project Energy Information (July 2021) [PDF]
Public Engagement (July 2021) [PDF]
Recreational dock guidelines for Burrard Inlet (October 2021) [PDF]
Shoreline Protection Guidelines – Inspection, Maintenance, Design and Repair – Fraser River (January 2020) [PDF]
Shoreline Protection Guidelines – Inspection, Maintenance, Design and Repair – Vancouver Harbour (June 2022)[PDF]
Stakeholder Consultation (January 2022)  [PDF]
Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (July 2015) [PDF]
Transportation Guidelines (February 2022) [PDF]
View and Shade Impact (June 2015) [PDF]

Supporting materials

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