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B.C. Reg. 299/92
O.C. 1264/92
Deposited July 31, 1992
effective September 1, 1992
This consolidation is current to August 15, 2019.
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Environmental Management Act

Permit and Approval Fees
and Charges Regulation

[includes amendments up to B.C. Reg. 46/2018, April 1, 2018]

Contents
1Interpretation
2Permit application fees
3Annual charge for a permit
4Approval charges
5Exemptions
6Repealed
7Effluent permit or approval charge adjustments
8Payment of the annual charge
9Expiry of permit
10Cancellation of permit
Schedule A
Schedule B
Schedule C
Schedule D

Interpretation

1   In this regulation:

"Act" means the Environmental Management Act;

"AOX" means halogenated organic compounds that are adsorbable by activated carbon;

"BOD" means the 5 day biochemical oxygen demand at 20° Celsius;

"discharge" means the total amount of a solid, liquid or gaseous material introduced into the environment from works;

"Indian reserve" has the same meaning as "reserve" in the Indian Act (Canada);

"metals" means aluminum, antimony, arsenic, barium, boron, cadmium, chromium, cobalt, copper, iron, lead, manganese, mercury, molybdenum, nickel, selenium, silver, tin or zinc;

"permit" includes an approved waste management plan, an operational certificate and an authorization to discharge under a regulation;

"suspended solids" means non-filterable residue;

"total particulate" means an air contaminant retained by a 0.3 micrometre (micron) membrane filter or its equivalent;

"TRS" means total reduced sulphur compounds, including but not limited to hydrogen sulphide, methyl mercaptan, dimethyl sulphide and dimethyl disulphide;

"VOCs" means compounds containing carbon which participate in atmospheric photochemical reactions.

[am. B.C. Regs. 321/2004, s. 32 (b); 46/2018, App. 1, s. 2.]

Permit application fees

2   (1) A person applying for a permit and a permit holder applying for an amendment to a permit must pay an application fee of $400 at the time the application is submitted.

(2) An application fee is not refundable by reason only that the permit or amendment is refused.

[en. B.C. Reg. 149/2004, s. 1; am. B.C. Reg. 46/2018, App. 1, s. 3.]

Annual charge for a permit

3   (1) Subject to section 5, a permit holder must pay annually a charge for each permit held by the permittee.

(2) Subject to subsection (5), the charge for each permit under subsection (1) is calculated by adding the base fee for the permit type, as specified in Column 2 of Schedule A opposite the permit type in Column 1, to the sum of the fees, calculated in accordance with subsection (3), for each contaminant authorized under the permit.

(3) The fee for each contaminant under subsection (2) is calculated by multiplying the quantity of the contaminant, determined in accordance with subsection (4), authorized by permit for the 12 months prior to the anniversary date of the permit by the unit fee for that contaminant, as specified in Schedule B, C or D for the applicable payment date as set out in Column 2 opposite the contaminant in Column 1.

(4) The quantity of each contaminant discharged that is used to calculate the annual charge is determined from

(a) the maximum authorized discharge rate and concentration specified in the permit or by regulation, and

(b) the discharge factors as determined in accordance with procedures approved by the director if the permit does not specify the concentration of the contaminants contained in the discharges.

(5) The charge for each permit under subsection (1) is the base fee for the permit type, as specified in Column 2 of Schedule A opposite the permit type in Column 1, if the permit

(a) authorizes a discharge under one of the following regulations:

(i) the Antisapstain Chemical Waste Control Regulation;

(ii) the Placer Mining Waste Control Regulation, or

(b) is required under section 3.1 (1) of the Organic Matter Recycling Regulation.

(6) If a permit is amended after its anniversary date and, as a result, the amount of the annual charge changes, the change to the annual charge takes effect on the next anniversary date.

[am. B.C. Regs. 149/2004, s. 2; 321/2004, s. 32 (c); 60/2012, s. (b); 132/2016, Sch. s. 2; 46/2018, App. 1, s. 4.]

Approval charges

4   (1) Subject to section 5, a person who holds an approval under section 15 of the Act must pay a charge for each approval held by the person.

(2) The charge for each approval under subsection (1) is calculated by adding the base fee for the approval type, as specified in Column 2 of Schedule A opposite the approval type in Column 1, to the sum of the fees, calculated in accordance with subsection (3), for each contaminant authorized under the approval.

(3) The fee for each contaminant under subsection (2) is calculated by multiplying the quantity of the contaminants authorized to be discharged during the period for which the approval is granted by the unit fee for that contaminant, as specified in Schedule B, C or D for the applicable payment date as set out in Column 2 opposite the contaminant in Column 1.

[am. B.C. Regs. 149/2004, ss. 2 and 3; 46/2018, App. 1, s. 5.]

Exemptions

5   (1) No permit application fee is payable by

(a) the government of British Columbia or Canada,

(b) a municipality for which the minister has approved a solid waste plan, if the permit is for the discharge of refuse, or

(c) a person who discharges, on an Indian reserve, waste that is

(i) domestic sewage, or

(ii) domestic refuse from a permanent residence on the Indian reserve.

(1.1) No charge is payable for a permit or approval if

(a) the permit or approval is held by the government of British Columbia or Canada,

(b) the permit or approval is for the discharge of refuse and is held by a municipality for which the minister has approved a solid waste plan, or

(c) the permit or approval is held by a person who discharges, on an Indian reserve, waste that is

(i) domestic sewage, or

(ii) domestic refuse from a permanent residence on the Indian reserve.

(2) This regulation does not apply to air permits within the boundaries of the Greater Vancouver Regional District on and after the date the board of the regional district, by bylaw, establishes rates or fees for permits, licences, approvals or other documents for the control of air contaminants in the Greater Vancouver Regional District.

[am. B.C. Regs. 149/2004, s. 4; 46/2018, App. 1, s. 6.]

Repealed

6   Repealed. [B.C. Reg. 149/2004, s. 5.]

Effluent permit or approval charge adjustments

7   (1) For the purposes of sections 3 and 4, despite sections 3 (2) and 4 (2), the charge for a permit or approval for a sewage effluent discharge from a septic tank, sewage treatment plant or other treatment facility is calculated by adding the base fee for the permit or approval type, as specified in Column 2 of Schedule A opposite the permit or approval type in Column 1, to the sum of the fees, calculated in accordance with section 3 (3) or 4 (3), as applicable, for only BOD and suspended solids.

(2) Subject to subsection (3), for the purposes of sections 3 (3) and 4 (3), the fee for suspended solids is reduced by 90% for a permit or approval that authorizes the discharge of suspended solids to an exfiltration, settling or tailings pond, land irrigation system or other ground disposal system, other than a permit or approval associated with a mine in respect of which there is a valid and subsisting permit under the Mines Act.

(3) If a person has posted a reclamation security under the Mines Act, the fee for suspended solids is zero.

[en. B.C. Reg. 46/2018, App. 1, s. 7.]

Payment of the annual charge

8   The annual charge for a permit or approval to discharge is payable on the anniversary date of the permit, or 30 days after the date on an invoice issued for the amount owing, whichever is later.

[am. B.C. Reg. 46/2018, App. 1, s. 8.]

Expiry of permit

9   If a permit expires before its next anniversary date, the annual charge must be prorated.

[am. B.C. Reg. 46/2018, App. 1, s. 9.]

Cancellation of permit

10   If a permit holder requests the cancellation of a permit on the grounds that waste is no longer being discharged, the permittee is entitled to a prorated refund of the most recent annual charge paid provided the permittee does not, within 6 months after the request for cancellation, apply for a similar permit in respect of the same works for which the cancelled permit was issued.

[am. B.C. Reg. 46/2018, App. 1, s. 10.]

Schedule A

[en. B.C. Reg. 46/2018, App. 1, s. 11.]

Base Fees for Permits or Approvals

Column 1
Permit or Approval Type
Column 2
Base Fee
($)
air200.00
effluent200.00
refuse200.00
storage200.00

Schedule B

[en. B.C. Reg. 46/2018, App. 1, s. 11.]

Contaminant Fees for Air Emission Permits or Approvals

Column 1
Contaminant
Column 2
Fee per Tonne Discharged ($)
if payment date
April 1/06—
March 31/18
if payment date
after
April 1/18
ammonia16.7820.30
asbestos*16.7820.30
carbon monoxide0.450.54
chlorine and chlorine oxides expressed as chlorine dioxide equivalent11.2913.66
fluorides673.60815.06
hydrocarbons16.7820.30
hydrogen chloride11.2913.66
metals673.60815.06
nitrogen oxides expressed as nitrogen dioxide equivalent11.2913.66
phenols16.7820.30
sulphur and sulphur oxides expressed as sulphur dioxide equivalent13.0715.81
total particulate16.7820.30
TRS561.33679.21
VOCs16.7820.30
other contaminants not otherwise specified in this schedule16.7820.30
*Units of asbestos are equivalent to 5 cubic metres of air emissions per minute at a concentration of 2 fibres per cubic centimetre.

Schedule C

[en. B.C. Reg. 46/2018, App. 1, s. 11.]

Contaminant Fees for Effluent Permits or Approvals

Column 1
Contaminant
Column 2
Fee per Tonne Discharged ($)
if payment date
April 1/06—
March 31/18
if payment date
after
April 1/18
ammonia102.91124.52
AOX273.24330.62
arsenic273.24330.62
BOD20.6424.97
chlorine273.24330.62
cyanide273.24330.62
fluoride102.91124.52
metals273.24330.62
nitrogen and nitrates41.1349.77
oil and grease68.6183.02
other petroleum products68.6183.02
other solids13.6616.53
phenols273.24330.62
phosphorus and phosphates102.91124.52
sulphates4.014.85
sulphides273.24330.62
surfactants68.6183.02
suspended solids13.6616.53
other contaminants not otherwise specified in this schedule13.6616.53

Schedule D

[en. B.C. Reg. 46/2018, App. 1, s. 11.]

Contaminant Fees for Refuse Permits or Approvals

Column 1
Contaminant
Column 2
Fee ($)
if payment date
April 1/06—
March 31/18
if payment date
after
April 1/18
coarse coal refuse per m35.947.19
refuse per tonne 0.740.90

[Provisions relevant to the enactment of this regulation: Environmental Management Act, S.B.C. 2003, c. 53, ss. 138 (2) and 139 (7)]