The regulations in BC outlining the identification, investigation and remediation of contaminated sites are administered by the provincial Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy under the Environmental Management Act and the related Contaminated Sites Regulation. The provincial Site Remediation website is the best source of information on all aspects of contaminated sites.
Site Disclosure Statements
As of February 1, 2021, the City of Richmond will be requesting a Site Disclosure Statement to support subdivision, rezoning or development applications and building permits. A Site Disclosure Statement is completed by the property owner, and is necessary to determine if there is a potential for Schedule 2 activities to have occurred on the subject property.
Schedule 2 of the Contaminated Sites Regulations defines industrial activities that have the potential to cause site contamination. If a property has a history of Schedule 2 activities, applicable municipal permits must be withheld from issuance to the applicant until the City receives authorization from the province that redevelopment may occur.
Contact staff in the Sustainability and District Energy group at 604-247-4694 for additional questions and general support related to this process.