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B.C. Reg. 299/92
O.C. 1264/92
Deposited July 31, 1992
effective September 1, 1992
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Environmental Management Act

Permit Fees Regulation

[includes amendments up to B.C. Reg. 464/2004, October 22, 2004]

Contents
  Interpretation
  Permit application fees
  Annual fee for a permit
  Approval fees
  Exemptions
  Repealed
  Effluent adjustments
  Payment of the annual fee
  Expiry of permit
  10  Cancellation of permit
Schedule A
Schedule B
Schedule C
Schedule D

Interpretation

1In 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;

"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. Reg. 321/2004, s. 32 (b).]

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 $200 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.]

Annual fee for a permit

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

(2)  Subject to subsection (5), the fee 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 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 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 fee 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 fee 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 authorizes a discharge under one of the following regulations:

(a) Antisapstain Chemical Waste Control Regulation, B.C. Reg. 300/90;

(b) Finfish Aquaculture Waste Control Regulation, B.C. Reg. 256/2002;

(c) Placer Mining Waste Control Regulation, B.C. Reg. 107/89.

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

[am. B.C. Regs. 149/2004, s. 2; 321/2004, s. 32 (c).]

Approval fees

4(1)  Subject to section 5, a person applying for an approval under section 11 of the Act to introduce waste into the environment must pay the fee calculated in accordance with subsections (2) and (3).

(2)  The fee for each approval under subsection (1) is calculated by adding the base fee for the approval type for which the application is made, as specified in Column 2 of Schedule A opposite the approval type in Column 1, to the sum of the fees 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. Reg. 149/2004, ss. 2 and 3.]

Exemptions

5(1)  No fee 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 had approved a solid waste plan, or

(c) the permit or approval is held by a person who discharges waste on an Indian reserve where the waste 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. Reg. 149/2004, s. 4.]

Repealed

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

Effluent adjustments

7(1)  The annual fee for a permit or approval held by a municipality or a person other than a municipality for a sewage effluent discharge from a septic tank, sewage treatment plant or other treatment facility is based only on the concentration of BOD and total suspended solids contained in the effluent.

(2)  Subject to subsection (3), the annual fee 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, shall have the portion of the fee based on the quantity of suspended solids reduced to 10% of the fee otherwise payable.

(3)  If a person has posted a reclamation security under the Mines Act, the portion of the fee based on the quantity of suspended solids discharged shall be reduced to zero.

Payment of the annual fee

8The annual fee 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.

Expiry of permit

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

Cancellation of permit

10If 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 fee 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.

 

Schedule A

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

Base Fees for Permits or Approvals

COLUMN 1
PERMIT OR APPROVAL TYPE
COLUMN 2
BASE FEE
Air $100.00
Effluent $100.00
Refuse $100.00
Storage $100.00

 

Schedule B

[en. B.C. Reg. 149/2004, s. 6; am. B.C. Reg. 464/2004, s. 2.]

Contaminant Fees for Air Emission Permits or Approvals

COLUMN 1
CONTAMINANT
COLUMN 2
FEE PER TONNE DISCHARGED
if payment
date before
April 1/04
if payment
date April 1/04-
March 31/05
if payment
date April 1/05-
March 31/06
if payment
date after
April 1/06
Ammonia $11.30 $14.69 $15.74 $16.78
Asbestos* $11.30/unit $14.69 $15.74 $16.78
Carbon Monoxide $0.30 $0.39 $0.42 $0.45
Chlorine and Chlorine Oxides expressed as chlorine dioxide equivalent $7.60 $9.88 $10.58 $11.29
Fluorides $453.60 $589.68 $631.64 $673.60
Hydrocarbons $11.30 $14.69 $15.74 $16.78
Hydrogen Chloride $7.60 $9.88 $10.58 $11.29
Metals $453.60 $589.68 $631.64 $673.60
Nitrogen Oxides expressed as nitrogen dioxide equivalent $7.60 $9.88 $10.58 $11.29
Phenols $11.30 $14.69 $15.74 $16.78
Sulphur and Sulphur Oxides expressed as sulphur dioxide equivalent $8.80 $11.44 $12.25 $13.07
Total Particulate $11.30 $14.69 $15.74 $16.78
TRS $378.00 $491.40 $526.37 $561.33
VOCs $11.30 $14.69 $15.74 $16.78
Other contaminants not otherwise specified $11.30 $14.69 $15.74 $16.78
* 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. 149/2004, s. 6.]

Contaminant Fees for Effluent Permits or Approvals

COLUMN 1
CONTAMINANT
COLUMN 2
FEE PER TONNE DISCHARGED
if payment
date before
April 1/04
if payment
 date April 1/04-
March 31/05
if payment
date April 1/05-
March 31/06
if payment
date after
April 1/06
Ammonia $69.30 $90.09 $96.50 $102.91
AOX $184.00 $239.20 $256.22 $273.24
Arsenic $184.00 $239.20 $256.22 $273.24
BOD $13.90 $18.07 $19.36 $20.64
Chlorine $184.00 $239.20 $256.22 $273.24
Cyanide $184.00 $239.20 $256.22 $273.24
Fluoride $69.30 $90.09 $96.50 $102.91
Metals $184.00 $239.20 $256.22 $273.24
Nitrogen and Nitrates $27.70 $36.01 $38.57 $41.13
Oil and Grease $46.20 $60.06 $64.33 $68.61
Other Petroleum Products $46.20 $60.06 $64.33 $68.61
Other Solids $9.20 $11.96 $12.81 $13.66
Phenols $184.00 $239.20 $256.22 $273.24
Phosphorus and Phosphates $69.30 $90.09 $96.50 $102.91
Sulphates $2.70 $3.51 $3.76 $4.01
Sulphides $184.00 $239.20 $256.22 $273.24
Surfactants $46.20 $60.06 $64.33 68.61
Suspended Solids $9.20 $11.96 $12.81 $13.66
Other contaminants not otherwise specified $9.20 $11.96 $12.81 $13.66

 

Schedule D

[en. B.C. Reg. 149/2004, s. 6; am. B.C. Reg. 464/2004, s. 3.]]

Contaminant Fees for Refuse Permits or Approvals

COLUMN 1
CONTAMINANT
COLUMN 2
FEE
if payment
date before
April 1/04
if payment
date April 1/04 -
March 31/05
if payment
date April 1/05 -
March 31/06
if payment
date after
April 1/06
Coarse Coal Refuse per m3 $4.00 $5.20 $5.57 $5.94
Refuse per tonne $0.50 $0.65 $0.70 $0.74

Note: this regulation replaces B.C. Reg. 304/87.