The regulations in BC outlining the identification, investigation, and remediation of contaminated sites are administered by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy pursuant to the Environmental Management Act and the related Contaminates Sited Regulations. The provincial Contaminated Sites website is the best source of information on all aspects of contaminated sites.
The City of Richmond is required under the provincial Environmental Management Act to request a Site Profile prior to approving subdivision, rezoning (including a zoning text amendment), or development applications within the City, and prior to the issuing of a demolition permit or a soil removal permit on any property with a history of Schedule 2 activities. 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, the City may be unable to issue a permit until the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy reviews the Site Profile and authorizes the City to release the permit.
If Schedule 2 activities are not likely to have taken place on the property or if exemptions in the Contaminated Sites Regulations (CSR) Part 2 (4) apply, a Site Profile is not required. in this case, the City requires a completed City of Richmond Site Profile Exemption Declaration Form to be submitted with the application.
For additional questions and general support regarding the City’s Site Profile process please contact the Engineering and Public Works, Sustainability staff at 604-247-4694.