Ministry of Environment

Real Estate

A number of our documents provide useful information for developers, lawyers, lenders, real estate agents, land owners, purchasers and others who are involved in real estate transactions.

Key items include documents on site profiles which may be required to be provided by vendors to prospective purchasers if the land has been used for a commercial or industrial use or purpose listed in Schedule 2 of the Contaminated Sites Regulation.  Also those involved in a real estate transaction may wish to obtain information on the environmental condition of the land and there are an number of items relating to due diligence searches and how relevant information can be obtained.  There are also several links to documents which explain the liability exposure for various parties involved in a real estate transaction. 

Direct links and detailed guidance on these and other topics are provided in the following:

Fact Sheets

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An Introduction to Contaminated Sites in British Columbia (PDF/148 KB)
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Highlights for Developers (PDF/129 KB)
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Highlights for Lenders (PDF/122 KB)
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Highlights for Realtors, Property Vendors, and Purchasers (PDF/129 KB)
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Why Search the Site Registry? (PDF/325 KB)
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The Site Registry (PDF/224 KB)
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Obtaining Information from the SWIS, AMS, and Compliance and Enforcement Databases (PDF/120 KB)
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Remediation Liability Overview (PDF/343 KB)
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Remediation Liability and Insurers, Lenders, Receivers, Sureties, and Trustees (PDF/271 KB)
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The Site Profile System (PDF/117 KB)
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Residential Heating Oil Storage Tanks (PDF/124 KB)
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Brownfields and Brownfield Redevelopment (PDF/201 KB)

 

Administrative Guidance

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Completing and Submitting Site Profiles (PDF/196 KB)
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The Site Information Request Process (PDF/205 KB) describes how we can obtain information for you

Direct Links to Databases on Sites

Forms

Laws and Regulations