By legislation, a permit is required for many types of commercial use, land use/land occupancy, and research activities (see specific activities below) that take place in parks and protected areas designated under the Park Act, the Environment and Land Use Act or the Protected Areas of British Columbia Act.
A permit is required for ecological scientific research and/or educational purposes in ecological reserves established under the Ecological Reserve Act or the Protected Areas of British Columbia Act.
A permit is not required for front-country camping, hiking, moorage, etc. in most parks.Campsite reservations are accepted at many front-country parks.
Uses and activities that will require a permit on lands classified as park or protected area are:
Provision of commercial recreation services, which may include summer or winter activities (ie.hiking, cross-country skiing, scuba diving instruction, kayak/canoe touring, big game guiding, angling guiding; Film production; Land use/occupancy for commercial, non-commercial, industrial and/or existing residential purposes.
Research activities in parks and protected areas, including: collection; monitoring; survey and inventory; and, other research.
Uses and activities that will require a permit on lands classified as Ecological Reserves:
There are a number of park use permits throughout British Columbia’s protected areas system allowing for commercial activities within parks, many of which are granted to operators who provide guided adventure tourism services. These operators may provide, at their option, a Self-Assessment Report evaluating their contributions to stewardship within parks. The intent of the Self-Assessment Report is to allow operators an opportunity to describe in writing how they have demonstrated leadership and commitment to maintaining the conservation and recreation values and objectives of the park(s) or protected area(s) in which they operate.
Such reports will be made available for public comment for 30 days from the time of posting. Results of the reports and any public comments received will be used when adjudicating the permit held by the operator. For more detailed information on Self-Assessment Reports and the submission process, please review the template and instructions.[PDF 57KB]
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