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.

Application guides

March 2020 – Category A permit bundling [PDF]
November 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]
January 2022 – 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]
January 2022 – 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]