Table of Contents Natural Hazard Identification

Natural Hazards Identification

It is most important that natural hazards be identified on land that is about to be subdivided. Such hazards include:

  • Avalanche
  • Flooding
  • Erosion
  • Landslip
  • Wildfire
  • Rock fall
  • Debris torrent

If these are confirmed by a review, the subdivision may be refused unless the potential hazard can be mitigated.

District Development Technicians may identify natural hazard potential. When a potential risk is identified, you may be required to retain a certified professional to provide a report to the Approving Officer.

Pursuant to Section 86 of the Land Title Act, the Approving Officer may refuse to approve the subdivision plan if he or she considers that the land in question may be subject to a natural hazard. Similar provisions apply under the Strata Property Act and the Bare Land Strata
Regulations BC Reg. 75/78

You can learn more about natural hazard identification through the Ministry of Transportation And Infrastructure publication Natural Hazards in BC.

This guide is a living document; it is subject to change without notice. Please check the Rural Subdivisions Website ( to make sure your version is sufficiently current.