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.
Park use permits are different from the permits you may need for front-country camping, moorage, etc. in most parks. For information on permits and fees for camping and visiting parks, including campsite reservations, please see the section on our website about ‘Visiting Parks’.
Uses and activities that will require a permit on lands classified as park, protected area or conservancy are:
Providing commercial recreation services, such as guiding, concessions, rentals, etc. where a fee is charged to the public in exchange for a service. This would include summer or winter activities e.g. guiding hikes, guided camping, providing cross-country skiing, scuba diving instruction, guided kayak/canoe touring, big game guiding, angling guiding, or any other activity where goods or services are being provided to the public for some form of compensation. If the service being provided is one that requires a camping or moorage permit you will still be required to acquire and pay for those permits in addition to the park use permit required for commercial services.
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]
Reports Currently Open for Public Comment
There are no reports open for public comment at this time.