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Land Development

Your application to develop land is reviewed in the context of the City's Environmental Policies & Regulations. Land Development Applications are reviewed from an ecological point of view to:

  1. Protect the health and improve the quality of the environment
  2. Ensure compliance with municipal standards, codes, by-laws, and applicable Provincial and Federal Regulations and Acts for the following development applications: Rezoning, Subdivision/Consolidation, Strata Title, Preliminary Plan Approval, Building Plan, Liquor Licence Application, and the Contaminated Sites Process (under Environmental Management Act)

Submitting Your Application

Development applications, including those for Rezoning, Subdivision and Preliminary Plan Approval (PPA) are coordinated by the Planning Department.

Applications for development of single and two family homes (with no associated Rezoning, Subdivision or Preliminary Plan Approval) are submitted to the Building Department.

These developments are subject to policies and regulations for Community Development and Ecosystem Protection, including the protection of environmentally sensitive areas and setbacks from waterways.

Development Submissions are administered through the Environmental Services Division of Burnaby Engineering. Contact us at the Engineering General Enquiries Line

Additional Requirements for Your Review

Your land development must also be compliant with the following requirements for:

Contaminated Sites Process

Environmental Services liaises with the B.C. Ministry of Environment for contaminated sites assessments. For more information on Site Profiles please read:

Erosion and Sediment Control

The City has implemented policies to prevent silt-laden runoff in construction sites from entering the downstream drainage system and ending up in creeks and lakes.

It is a mandatory requirement that all construction projects within the City inquire with the Environmental Services Division on whether a Sediment Control Permit is required. 

Groundwater Management For Multi-Family & Mixed Commercial Developments

In order to preserve groundwater as a resource and to prevent contamination, flooding and sanitary system overflows, groundwater flows are prohibited from entering the storm and sanitary sewer systems.

All Development Applications that involve construction of permanent structures below the water table (which includes perched, static, and artesian aquifers) must include an assessment/investigation of the impacts of the proposed activity on groundwater, and demonstrate that the proposed works can be feasibly constructed without adverse impacts to neighbouring properties or the environment. This may include in-situ management of the groundwater and recommendations to address areas of uncertainty or concern.

Read the full requirements for Groundwater Management For Multi-Family & Mixed Commercial Developments.

Solid Waste and Recycling

Multi-family residential, commercial, industrial and institutional complexes are required to meet our Solid Waste and Recycling Requirements

Acoustic Requirements for Multi-Family Residential Complexes

The acoustical requirements are implemented to address the growing population and densification of urban centers while ensuring health and lifestyle concerns of the community are taken into consideration.

Rezoning applications that involve the construction of residential units or livable spaces should include an acoustical study of the sound implications at the location of the proposed development, with the building constructed complying with the acoustic engineer’s recommendations. The objectives of the report are to demonstrate that the constructed building will include mitigation measures to reduce the effect of disruptive external sounds and to ensure the building constructed is compliant to the City of Burnaby design criteria.

Read the full requirements for Acoustic Requirements for Multi-Family Residential Complexes.

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