Wastewater discharge permit (for construction at contaminated sites)
This permit regulates contaminated water discharge to the sanitary sewer during construction.
The wastewater discharge permit (for construction at contaminated sites) can be part of the process of applying for a building permit, a development permit, or rezoning. It is not required in every case.
The City is here to help
For information specific to the proposed project on your property, call the Development and Business Services Centre at 604-873-7611. Our staff will help you determine which permits you need, and help you navigate through the process, so you can speak to your contractor with confidence.
With your completed application, you must provide
- A completed site profile form. A site profile is a questionnaire regarding the past and present uses of a site. It is designed as a screening tool for potentially contaminated sites.
- A site plan
- Proof of a registry search (within 30 days of application date) showing that your company is registered with BC’s provincial Ministry of Finance
If previous use of the site raises concerns about possible contamination, you may have to negotiate a soil remediation plan or Soils Agreement with the City.
Process and timeline
- Mail or bring your application, the required documents, and permit fee to the appropriate address (addresses are listed on the right).
- Applications and site profiles are reviewed by staff in the Environmental Protection department. They will then determine what, if any, additional steps are needed.
- You will be notified if your permit is approved, or if additional reviews are needed. The initial review will take about 1 month. If additional reviews are needed, they will also take about 1 month each. If a Soils Agreement is needed, it will take several more months to complete; you will be notified when the permit is approved.
Amend your permit
A minor amendment to your permit involves:
- Changing your company’s name or legal address
- Changing your monitoring program
- Reducing the quantity of contaminants or flow requested
- Changing the discharge you are authorized for in a way that, in the opinion of the Sewage Control Manager, will mean equal or lower demand for regulation and treatment
- Changing the works or measures you are authorized for in a way that, in the opinion of the Sewage Control Manager, will mean equal or lower demand for regulation and treatment
A major amendment is any amendment that is not a minor amendment.