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 seeking public input into the draft Public Notification and Engagement Permit Policy, which is posted below.

DRAFT - Public Notification and Engagement Policy [PDF 74KB]

This policy references the amendments to the Park Act, and expands the policy on notification and engagement to ecological reserve permits. BC Parks is requesting input from public and stakeholders on the draft policy by Wednesday, June 22, 2016.

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.
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BC Parks will review all comments received and consider this feedback to develop the final draft of the policy. Please note that comments you provide and information that identifies you as the source of those comments may be publicly available if a Freedom of Information request is made under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.