Dam Safety Compliance & Enforcement

Dam owners must be certain that their dams meet current engineering standards. Dam owners are required to:

  • Annually redetermine the dam failure consequence classification
  • Perform regular inspections and maintenance
  • Report any incidents
  • Take immediate action to resolve outstanding issues
  • Review the regulation

Annual Dam Status Report

Owners of dams with a failure consequence classification of high, very high, or extreme are required to complete and submit an annual dam status report for each dam to the Dam Safety Program. Owners of dams that require reclassification to one of these failure consequence ratings are also required to submit annual dam status reports.

Dam safety officers use the information in annual dam status reports to assess compliance between dam safety audits, ensure information in the provincial dam database is current, and help dam owners address any emerging dam safety issues. Dam safety officers may contact dam owners to request more information or arrange a meeting to discuss dam safety concerns. More information about dam status reporting is available in the Annual Dam Status Report - Information Sheet (PDF).

2020 Annual Dam Status Reporting

Dam owners will receive a letter from the Comptroller of Water Rights as of November 30th,2020 with instructions for completing and submitting the 2020 annual dam status report.

The deadline for submitting completed reports to the Dam Safety Program is March 1, 2021.

Online Dam Status Reporting

The Provincial Dam Safety Program has introduced online report submission for annual dam status reports. Dam owners are encouraged to complete and submit reports online through Frontcounter BC. Instructions for completing reports online can be found on page 2 of the Annual Dam Status Report - Information Sheet (PDF). For more detailed step-by-step instructions, please refer to the Annual Dam Status Report User Guide.

If you do not have a computer, or require assistance completing your report online, please contact FrontCounter BC by email at FrontCounterBC@gov.bc.ca or by phone at 1-877-855-3222 or visit your local FrontCounter BC office.

Alternative Dam Status Reporting

If you are unable to complete the report online, you did not receive a letter from the Comptroller, or you own a dam that requires reclassification to a high, very high, or extreme failure consequence rating, please complete and submit the report using the Annual Dam Status Report form (MS Word) - 2020 (181kb).

If you are the owner of more than one dam, you must complete and submit a separate form for each dam with a high, very high, or extreme failure consequence classification.


For more information contact Kevin Lee, Dam Safety Resource Specialist, at (604) 586-4442 or email to dam.safety@gov.bc.ca

Dam Safety Compliance and Enforcement Policy, Strategy and Procedures

The Dam Safety Compliance and Enforcement Policy supports implementation of the program's Compliance and Enforcement Strategy and Procedures. The Strategy and Procedures provide a framework and decision-support tools for Dam Safety Officers and Natural Resource Officers in the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. The tools complement existing practices and clarify when a dam safety compliance process becomes an enforcement process. These and other Water Sustainability Act related policies are also available here: