New Park Use Permit - Land Use Occupancy

New Park Use Permit - Land Use Occupancy

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Land use and/or occupancy of land is the use of park land for private (i.e. non-commercial) or industrial use. It includes any occupation of land where there is no service being provided to the public in exchange for compensation that take place within a park, protected area, conservancy or recreation area (collectively, 'parks'). Examples include structures and improvements such as cabins, access roads or trails, utility rights-of-way, communication sites, aquaculture, water storage or diversions, trapping, dams and other miscellaneous land use.

Only applications that are considered by BC Parks to be compatible with the conservation and recreation objectives identified for the park(s) involved in the proposal may be approved.

Contact BC Parks Area Supervisor responsible for the protected land(s) where you are applying for to discuss your application. Area Supervisors are the BC Parks Staff responsible for particular park(s). Contact information for BC Parks regional offices can be found on BC Parks Website

Costs and Responsibilities

Fees and making a payment

  1. Fee Schedule - Schedule K, of the Park, Conservancy and Recreation Area RegulationGST (5%) must be added to the listed fees in the fee schedule.
  2. Application fees are non-refundable and applications will not be processed without the applicable application fee being submitted. Non-profit societies are required to pay application fees but may be exempt from other park use permit fees.

Fees can be paid online at the time of application, or at a FrontCounter BC location. See Payment Guidelines for more information. Note: Please be sure to include the payment remittance form or the application tracking number if submitting your payment in person or by mail.


  1. It is your responsibility to ensure you have obtained all other applicable licenses, tenures or permits prior to the issuance of a park use permit.
  2. It is your responsibility to ensure your park use permit is in compliance by ensuring annual requirements of your permit are met each year such as proof of insurance, fees, and reports.
  3. BC Online - it is your responsibility to determine whether or not you must be registered to do business in British Columbia
    1. Businesses must either be licensed to do business in British Columbia, or if licensed/incorporated outside of British Columbia (considered to be 'extra-provincial companies') must be in compliance with section 375 of the Business Corporations Act to operate in British Columbia.
    2. Extra-provincial societies must be registered under the Societies Act in British Columbia in order to hold a park use permit or resource use permit. An extra-provincial society is a society or association formed outside British Columbia, and includes a branch of that society or association.
  4. A park use permit holder is responsible for abiding by the terms and conditions of the permit document provided.

What you need to apply

  1. Consultation with an Area Supervisor is recommended prior to submitting an application. Area Supervisors are the BC Parks staff responsible for particular parks. Contact information for BC Parks' regional offices can be found on BC Parks website.
  2. Completed online application form. Please note that applications are not considered complete until the application fee has been paid and/or co-permittee consent is submitted.

 A detailed Management Plan that describes the nature of your activities including the timing, frequency, methodology, and specific location(s) of use. The Management Plan Template can be found here.

  1. Any additional documentation supporting the application such as photographs, or correspondence with First Nations.
  2. Digital maps must be submitted as part of the  online application. Map(s) must be submitted for each park included in the application according the following mapping standards:
  1. Digital maps submitted as pdfs or image files must include: a north arrow, a scale bar (as described below) and a legend. Georeferenced spatial files may be submitted and must be in BC Albers, NAD 83 projection.
  2. General Location map: A map of the individual park(s)/ecological reserve(s) within the application, drawn to 1:50 000 to 1:250 000 scale (or larger if required to encompass boundaries of permit area) that illustrates at a landscape level scale the general location of the area under application, including boundaries of the proposed permit area and major landmarks, travel/access routes;
  3. Permit Area Map: If you have improvements or specific areas of the park that you will be using more intensively, a more detailed map(s) will be required in addition to a general location map.  A more detailed map(s) of the proposed permit area(s) within each park, drawn to 1:20 000 to 1:50 000 scale showing the exact proposed boundaries of the permit area, including the area (in hectares) as well as any watercourses or other identifying features (trails, facilities, roads, etc.).  The permit area map must clearly identify the location of travel/access routes, and specific study/activity site(s).  If applicable, the location and construction description of any temporary facilities or the use of existing facilities within the permit area, as well as the location and size of all proposed improvements must also be included.
  4. Digital maps or georeferenced spatial files may be prepared using the FrontCounter BC Discovery Tool or iMap.
  5. Link to the FrontCounter BC Discovery Tool and/or iMaps:

What happens after you apply

Receiving the application

  1. Your application will be reviewed to ensure that it is complete. If necessary, you will be contacted for more information.
  2. An application will not be processed until all required information and application fee has been received.
  3. The submission of an application does NOT allow you any rights to the park land. A park use permit, if issued, would grant this authority.


  1. The target time frame for making a decision on your application is 140 days after a complete application is received. BC Parks target times may be affected by other required processes such as requests to you for additional information or requirements for First Nations consultation.
  2. Applications will be reviewed in the order that they are received and processed. The 140 day time frame will not be changed to accommodate "rush" applications.
  3. BC Parks staff will review the application and determine whether additional assessments and consultation may be required, such as ecological or archaeological assessments, or First Nation Consultation. Some assessments will be completed by BC Parks but other assessments may be the responsibility of the applicant to complete at their own cost.
  4. BC Parks staff and/or FrontCounter BC staff will be in contact throughout the application process to discuss your application as required.
  5. BC Parks considers the impacts of a proposed activity and the particular values of the parklands in question when evaluating a permit application. Decisions on park use permit applications are guided by the consideration of impacts and other policies, and if your application is denied you will be provided with a letter indicating the reason(s) for denial.

Request Final Requirements

  1. If the Statutory Decision Maker approves the permit, you will be contacted by the FrontCounter BC permit clerk, via email or letter if no email address was provided, with an approved draft permit, and notified of the final requirements due in order to issue your permit.
  2. Examples of "Final Requirements" may be, but are not limited to:
    1. Written agreement to the terms and conditions set out in the draft permit;
    2. Proof of Insurance (only the BC Certificate of Insurance form will be accepted);
    3. Permit Fee(s);
    4. Financial Guarantee.
  3. If you do not respond to the Request Final Requirements by the indicated due date, your application will be withdrawn and the file will be closed. Your application fee will not be refunded.

Issuance of Permit

Once all final requirements are met, the permit will be issued and sent to you by FrontCounter BC via email or hard copy if no email address was provided.

Why would my application be denied?

BC Parks considers the impacts of a proposed activity and the particular values of the parklands in question when evaluating a permit application. Decisions on park use permit applications are guided by the consideration of impacts and other policies, and if your application is denied you will be provided with a letter indicating the reason(s) your application was unsuccessful. Any application fee that may have been paid will not be refunded. Please be aware of the following reasons why a land use/occupancy park use permit may be denied- these are provided for your information and as examples only.

  1. BC Parks may not approve any new land use/occupancy permits in a conservancy if the conservancy does not have an approved Management Plan.
    1. To determine if a conservancy has an active management plan go to the BC Parks website and look up the conservancy in question. If a management plan exists a link will be provided on the page for that conservancy.
  2. BC Parks may not approve an activity that does not support the goals of an approved Park Management Plan.
  3. A list of parks, conservancies, protected areas and recreation areas can be found on BC Parks website. Information about Park Management Plans for the particular area of interest should be reviewed prior to submitting an application.
Park Act
Management Plan Template
Fee Schedule - Schedule K, of the Park, Conservancy and Recreation Area Regulation
BC Parks Website
Certificate of Insurance - Requirements & Forms
BC Parks - Regional Contact List
Find a BC Park
Permit Application Policy
Other Permit Policies