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Project Review

Project Review Process and Permits

Port Metro Vancouver is responsible for the administration, management and control of land and water within its jurisdiction. In exercising this mandate, we strive to ensure that new developments meet applicable standards and minimize environmental and community impacts.

To effectively manage these responsibilities, we administer a Project Review Process that may involve a multi-agency Planning Review, Building Permit and an Environmental Assessment Procedure.

  • The Project Review applies to land use, construction, and demolition on land and water areas administered by the Port.
  • New developments should also support the Port's land use objectives as described in the Port Metro Vancouver Land Use Plan.
  • All potential works must be discussed with Port staff to determine what level of review is appropriate and what standards will apply.

Project Review

Please review the Project Review Guide accessible through the link below for further information about Project Permits, Building Permits, the Environmental Assessment Procedure, and what documentation may be required in support of a proposal.

Building Permits

Port Metro Vancouver accepts plans built to the National Building Code. Please note that effective July 1, 2011, the 2010 editions of the National Building Code of Canada, National Fire Code of Canada and the National Plumbing Code of Canada will be applicable for all new projects on Port Metro Vancouver property. For projects requiring a Building Permit, completed Letters of Assurance are required. Use the links below to download a guide on the building permit review process and the Port's Letters of Assurance:

Float Homes

Please review the document below describing the Residential Use Standards applicable to all Float Home tenants in Port Metro Vancouver jurisdictional waters. For more information on this topic, please contact our Planning and Development Department.


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