Pre-Approved Agreements, also known as system agreements, outline the relationship between a utility and the Ministry. They also set out conditions which cover installation and maintenance of "secondary" installations, and routine maintenance and replacement operations of utilities.

These agreements cover routine construction, operating and maintenance installations, and generally apply to major utilities that operate over a large area of the province. They are generally issued for a one-year period and subject to review before they are re-issued for another year.

The System Agreement outlines the responsibility of the utility owner and the Ministry, and provides protection for the Ministry against liability claims. This new system puts increased emphasis on risk management as a part of the permitting process.

This guide is a living document; it is subject to change without notice. Please check the Rural Subdivisions Website (http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/permits/Subdibision_Home.asp) to make sure you version is sufficiently current.