Which Facilities Are Covered

The Fermentation Operations Bylaw applies to any business using yeast to produce alcoholic beverages and discharging up to 300 m3 (300,000 L) of wastewater into the sewer within 30 days. This includes:

  • Brew pubs
  • Cottage breweries
  • Micro-breweries
  • Vint-on-premises
  • Wineries
  • Distilleries
  • U-brews

Operations Discharging More Than 300 m3 Within 30 Days

Larger fermentation operations discharging more than 300 m3 of wastewater to sewer within 30 days aren’t covered under this bylaw. A Waste Discharge Permit is required to authorize discharges to sewer from these operations.

Larger operations can find more information on how to apply for a Waste Discharge Permit here

Liquid Waste Permitting 


  • Fermentation Operation Regulatory Program:

    ​Metro Vancouver




  • City of Vancouver