Expansion of the Non-Road Diesel Engine Emission Regulation

Bylaw Update

Non-Road Diesel Engine Emission Regulation Bylaw 1329, 2021

Diesel particulate matter (DPM) contributes to climate change and reduced visibility and is associated with both short and long-term health effects, including asthma, heart and respiratory diseases and cancer.

To further reduce DPM emissions and address harmful nitrogen oxides (NOx) produced by all tiers of non-road diesel engines, in October 2021 the Metro Vancouver Regional District (MVRD) Board adopted Bylaw 1329, which repealed and replaced MVRD Non-Road Diesel Engine Emission Regulation Bylaw No. 1161, 2012 (Bylaw 1161).

The new non-road diesel engine emission bylaw includes:

  1. Effective immediately, Tier 0 and Tier 1 engines must not be operated within 100 metres of hospitals, elementary schools, day cares or community care facilities (referred to as “sensitive receptors”). The elderly, young children, and other at-risk individuals are particularly vulnerable to the impacts from high emitting Tier 0 and Tier 1 engines.

  2. Emergency engine requirements. Emergency engines don’t require labeling or registration, but must be operated, inspected and maintained to prevent impacts on nearby building occupants.

  3. Registration and labelling requirements for Tier 2, Tier 3 and Tier 4 non-road diesel engines. While each newer non-road diesel engine emits less DPM and NOx than a Tier 0 or Tier 1 engine, collectively these engines emit quantities considered a threat to human health and the environment.

    Operators must register their:

    • Tier 2 engines starting January 1, 2023;
    • Tier 3 engines starting January 1, 2024; and
    • Tier 4 engines starting January 1, 2029.

    Metro Vancouver is working on registration system updates and will notify registrants when the system is available to register these engine tiers.


  4. Adjustments to the fee structure. Fees now take into account both DPM and NOx, and are a better reflection of an engine’s potential health impacts based on emission standards.

    See example calculations below on the impact of fee changes. Metro Vancouver is working on an update to the non-road diesel engine tier and fee calculator, and will notify registrants when the system is updated.

    Example NRDE Fees by Tier

  5. A new moderate use category. As of January 1, 2024 operators can purchase moderate-use operating periods at 60% of the annual registration fee for engines that operate for a maximum of 500 operating hours per year.

  6. Adjusted retirement rebates. On January 1, 2026 the maximum allowable retirement rebate will increase to 80% of the fees paid in the previous five years instead of the previous three years.

  7. Additional reporting requirements for some emission reduction measures (ERM).

  8. A new $2000 fee to recover costs for assessing novel emission reduction measure technologies.

  9. New options for previously unregistered engines. Previously unregistered engines would be able to register and operate if they install an approved emission reduction measure or pay a surcharge of 300% of the registration fee on top of the regular registration fee.

    Surcharges start:

    • January 1, 2023 for previously unregistered Tier 0 and Tier 1 engines;
    • February 1, 2026 for Tier 2 engines that have not been registered for at least 90 days prior to January 31, 2026; and
    • February 1, 2027 for Tier 3 engines that have not been registered for at least 90 days prior to January 31, 2027.

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For more information, write to nonroaddiesel@metrovancouver.org.

Click here to view the Bylaw Summary Card as a quick reference guide on the Bylaw Expansion.


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