Erosion & Sediment Control

The impacts of urban development can have large scale impacts to the natural environment and in particular to aquatic systems.  In order to protect aquatic life from the impacts of sediment during land development and construction activities, the City implemented an Erosion and Sediment Control (ESC) Bylaw 7754.  The regulation outlines acceptable water quality standards and requires proactive planning and the implementation of effective ESC best management practices by property owners and developers to mitigate the risk of sediment release.

Building permit applicants for single family and duplex development are required to identify ESC measures that will be implemented.  Applicants must complete and sign an Erosion & Sediment Control submission form for Single Detached/Duplex Resident Development.  This ESC Best Management Practice Guide is helpful as a support document for the single family/duplex residential community.

For larger development and sites other than single family/duplex development, builders/developers are required to complete and sign the ESC submission form for large developments.  ESC requirements for larger development include the creation of an ESC Plan and the insurance that an ESC Supervisor is retained. ESC Supervisor commitment form can be found here.

More information on ESC best management practices can be found in this Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) document: Land Development Guidelines for the Protection of Aquatic Habitat.

For information on city requirements related to concrete works and concrete washing activities during construction, please see this brochure.