Non-Reviewable Actions List

An action is considered non-reviewable if it is known that the action typically does not result in unacceptable environmental, social or economic impacts. Actions included on the non-reviewable list are known to meet this criterion based on past experience, policies, standards or common sense. All BC Parks policies, standards and guidelines are applicable to the actions on this list and must be met. This list may be reviewed and amended as new information about potential risks and impacts of actions becomes available.

Note that this is a generalized list. If an action fits a category on this list but there are reasons to believe significant impacts may still occur, the action should be considered reviewable and an impact assessment should be completed. In addition, the definition of routine and minor as used in this list should be interpreted in favour of a conservative, precautionary approach.

Actions that involve ground disturbance (even minor) have the potential to negatively affect archaeological values. Where an action fits a category on this list but also involves ground disturbance, an IA to understand impacts to archaeological values may be required.

General actions

  • Data and information gathering that does not involve any physical changes or disturbances to the environment or its features. E.g., small-scale and site-specific species inventories, mapping, visitor use surveys, etc.
  • Temporary closures of public access areas to protect people and/or protected area values
  • Actions equivalent to what a public park user can do without permission
  • Clearly inappropriate or illegal actions (and thus impact assessment not required because the action is denied outright)

Operations and maintenance actions

  • Routine actions normally conducted to operate and maintain the protected area. E.g., maintaining law and order, routine patrols by BC Parks staff
  • Routine repair and maintenance of facilities and equipment to maintain existing operations and activities. E.g., lawn care and landscaping in day-use areas, minor trail maintenance with no excavation, bench or picnic table replacement on existing footprint, etc.
  • Routine maintenance for public safety. E.g., clearing debris from trails, danger tree removal (unless large scale or of significance, including cumulative)
  • Routine movement, handling and distribution of materials, including hazardous material/waste when moved, handled or distributed under applicable regulations

Conservation actions

  • Removal of individuals of non-threatened/non-endangered species that pose a danger to visitors and/or threaten protected area values
  • Small-scale invasive plant control (i.e., small patch of plants with hand tools)

Permits and administrative actions

  • Authorizations that will have minimal to no impact to protected area values because there are no proposed site alterations or disturbance to the natural, cultural heritage, and/or recreational environment and where cumulative impacts1 are not a concern. Cumulative impacts may occur where other similar permits/activities are already in place, large numbers of public visitors are using the same area for the same activity, or the high frequency with which the permitted activity occurs may result in adverse impacts.
  • Minor amendments to existing permits
  • Changes or amendments to an approved action when such changes would not result in adverse impacts
  • Minor revisions to existing regulations that do not generally affect the protected area environment

Planning actions

  • Changes or amendments to an approved protected area management plan when such changes would not result in adverse impacts
  • Boundary changes related to administrative corrections
  • Land acquisition within established protected area boundaries

1 Cumulative Impacts: Changes to values as a result of the combined effects of past, present and reasonably foreseeable future activities, land use decisions and natural processes.