Under Air Quality Management Bylaw No. 1082, we use a permitting system to manage the nature and quantity of air emissions from large industrial and commercial emitters of air contaminants.
In addition, Air Quality Management Fees Regulation Bylaw No. 1083 details the calculation of fees payable by permit holders.
This document provides general information on the GVRD air quality permitting process and is in no way meant to constitute an exhaustive list of the factors that may be considered by the district director when deciding on the issuance of a permit.
This document sets out an understanding between Metro Vancouver, Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health as to when Metro Vancouver will refer an application for a new permit or permit amendment to the health authorities, the information that will be provided as well as how the health authorities will process the information. It also sets out criteria for when dispersion modelling of the application will be requested.
Download, complete and submit an application form. Applications for new permits or approvals and significant amendments should be submitted at least one year in advance to allow for review, consultation and public notification. Simple amendments that don't involve emission points (such as name changes) can be applied for by letter with the appropriate documentation attached, and will be processed more quickly.
IMPORTANT: Only submit those forms that are relevant to your facility.
If you intend to submit a dispersion model to support your application, please submit a modelling plan for approval with your preliminary application prior to running the model.
Information about Metro Vancouver dispersion modelling reviews
Download, complete and submit a transfer form.
Download, complete and submit an open burning application.
Please note that Bylaw 1082 s.6 states that “subject to s.7, no person may dispose of waste by incineration or burning”. This section applies to private residences as well as other sources. Fines for violating this section start at $1000 per incident.
Open Burning Equipment Rental and Purchase Information
Note: Reports required in the following permits may be available subject to Freedom Of Information and Protection of Privacy legislation. For more information, please contact email@example.com.
Metro Vancouver acknowledges that the region’s residents live, work, and learn on the shared territories of many Indigenous peoples, including 10 local First Nations: Katzie, Kwantlen, Kwikwetlem, Matsqui, Musqueam, Qayqayt, Semiahmoo, Squamish, Tsawwassen, and Tsleil-Waututh.
Metro Vancouver respects the diverse and distinct histories, languages, and cultures of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit, which collectively enrich our lives and the region.