Potential Amendments to Automotive Refinishing Emission Regulation Bylaw 1086

Metro Vancouver is responsible for managing air quality and regulating the discharge of air contaminants in the region to protect human and environmental health.

Metro Vancouver adopted Greater Vancouver Regional District Automotive Refinishing Emission Regulation Bylaw No. 1086, 2008 to regulate emissions from automotive refinishing facilities. Air contaminants released from these facilities include volatile organic compounds, hazardous air pollutants and particulate matter, which are associated with adverse health and environmental effects.

Some provisions in Bylaw 1086 no longer represent best management practices for the industry. Metro Vancouver is seeking input to inform potential changes that are under consideration, including:

  • Level the playing field so all facilities that spray coat vehicles and equipment must follow the regulation;
  • Update filter requirements on paint arrestors;
  • Modernize product standards for coatings and cleaners;
  • Adjust training requirements to keep knowledge current; and
  • Recover costs of updating and enforcing the regulatory program by amending annual fees.

Detailed information on the potential changes can be found in the Discussion Paper here.

Please send your feedback to Bylaw1086@metrovancouver.org by December 31, 2017. Comments received after December 31, 2017 may be taken into consideration until the MVRD Board makes a decision about amendments to Bylaw 1086.

We will hosting webinars on the potential changes in December 2017; see details below. You can sign up for a mailing list to receive updates on consultation activities, including the webinars.


December 5, 2017

1pm – 3pm, Tuesday
General information for all audiences

December 12, 2017

9:30 – 11:30am, Tuesday
General information for all audiences

Contact us at Bylaw1086@metrovancouver.org to register for webinars or for more information.


  • Bylaw 1086

    ​Mon to Fri (8am-4:30pm) 
    Metro Vancouver Information Centre

    Send comments to Bylaw1086@

    Send comments by mail:
    Attn: Bylaw 1086 Amendments
    4730 Kingsway
    Burnaby BC, V5H 0c6

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