Notifications & Legal Instruments

Different types of notifications and contaminated sites legal instruments are used for different stages or types of remediation.

Submit a Notification

There are two types of notifications used as part of the remediation process – they are used for:

Obtain a Legal Instrument

Typically, a land owner would request an instrument to:

  • Satisfy provincial legal requirements
  • Improve environmental quality and decrease risks to human health and the environment
  • Demonstrate compliance with contaminated site requirements to prospective buyers
  • Help get development financing
  • Limit liability for remediation of a site

A legal instrument is not required in order to remediate a property – more than half of the sites cleaned up in B.C. use independent remediation, where no contaminated sites legal instrument is issued.

All applications for legal instruments should be accompanied by a Contaminated Sites Services Application Form (PDF). See also:

For non-high risk sites, recommendations and services from Approved Professionals are required. Check out the different types of contaminated sites legal instruments you can obtain:

Approval in Principle: This document approves a proposed remediation plan – a detailed summary that includes information such as location of contaminants; remediation methods; remediation schedule; proposed methods to confirm completion.

Certificate of Compliance: After remediation is completed, a Certificate of Compliance (CoC) may be issued when a site demonstrates compliance with remediation standards.

Determination of Contaminated Site: A “negative Determination is issued if site investigation reports show there are no substances exceeding applicable numerical standards at a site. A “positive Determination” is made when substances exceed the applicable numerical standards. Sites that have been remediated generally do not qualify for a Determination. The environmental quality standards for determining if a site is contaminated are different from the standards for evaluating the success of remediation.

Contaminated Soil Relocation Agreement (CSRA): This legal instrument is used to regulate the movement of soil from contaminated sites, taking into account the soil quality and environmental conditions at the deposit site. In most cases, the Approved Professional managing a site remediation will apply for a CSRA, if it’s needed.