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Contaminated Sites

On April 1, 1997 the Contaminated Sites Regulation of the Environmental Management Act (B.C. Reg. 375/96) took effect. If the subdivision involves land that has been used or is used for industrial or commercial purposes or activities, you may have to provide a site profile, a form which describes the potential hazards on the land.

Schedule 2 of the regulation sets out some examples of the types of industrial or commercial land uses to which site profile requirements apply. More information is available from Ministry of Environment Regional and Victoria offices. If the land has not been used for industrial or commercial purposes you may provide a letter to that effect, rather than a site profile. A letter template is available. See Apply

Applications involving contaminated sites may not be issued preliminary approval unless Ministry of Environment consents to the proposal.

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