Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why do I need a Phase / Stage I or an Environmental Assessment?

Property buyers and owners, commercial lending institutions and developers realize the potential for environmental liabilities associated with specific types of industry, development, and land use.  A Phase I ESA will identify the potential risks, liabilities, damages, and potential extensive clean-up costs associated with the property to provide you with the information needed to make informed decisions on real estate holdings.

2. Where can I get more information on Residential Heating Oil Storage Tanks?

The Province of BC has issued a factsheet on residential heating oil storage tanks. This information can be found here.

3. What activities does the Riparian Areas Protection Regulation (RAPR) apply to?

The RAR applies to activities requiring permitting or approval from some local governments including:

It does not apply to institutional or parkland development, nor does it apply to mining activities or First Nation reserve lands. It does apply to agricultural lands, but specific regulations.

4. Why do I need to do a Hazardous Materials Assessment to obtain a Demo Permit?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous mineral that has been widely used in various building materials for its soft and pliable properties, as well as its ability to withstand heat and chemicals. Its fibres are extremely fine and when disturbed can remain suspended in the air for hours. If handled improperly, asbestos may cause serious chronic health problems and even death. If workers or residents are exposed to asbestos contaminated air, they can inhale these fine fibres and dust which cause the lung to become scarred and stiff, making breathing difficult and may eventually lead to serious lung ailments including cancer, asbestosis, and mesothelioma.

To prevent these health problems, WorksafeBC has  developed requirements detailed in the Occuational Health and Safety Regulation regarding proper asbestos identification and management in the workplace.