Draft Policy for Public Notification and Engagement on Permits under the Park Act and Ecological Reserve Act

BC Parks is modernizing the way that it informs the public about permits that are issued to authorize activities in parks, protected areas, recreation areas, conservancies, and ecological reserves. BC Parks intends to provide greater transparency on decisions that are made to issue permits by providing information online in an accessible format.

Amendments to the Park Act were passed under Bill 25, the Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act, 2012, which allowed for more flexibility in how the public is informed about proposed permits, and giving the minister the ability to require that the public be provided with an opportunity to review details and provide comment on a proposed permit. These amendments have not been brought into force, as BC Parks is first developing a Public Notification and Engagement Permit Policy (draft posted below.)

DRAFT – Public Notification and Engagement Policy [PDF 464KB]

The draft policy references the amendments to the Park Act, and expands the policy on notification and engagement to ecological reserve permits.

BC Parks would like to thank everyone who took the time to provide comments on the draft policy; the review and comment period that was opened on March 23rd is now closed. All comments received will be reviewed, and this input will inform changes to the draft Public Notification and Engagement Permit Policy. When the policy is finalized we will post a synopsis of the comments received as well as the final policy document on this website.

We appreciate your interest in providing feedback.