Renew or Amend Park Use Permit - Research

Renew or Amend Park Use Permit - Research

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Research is any activity intended to increase knowledge of a certain study area using observable, empirical or measurable evidence. Any research activity that meets the criteria listed in section 1.1.1 of BC Parks Research Permit Policy requires this type of permit. This permit covers research activities, such as specimen collections, surveys, inventories and monitoring plots, that are undertaken in parks, protected areas, conservancies or recreation areas (collectively, 'parks'). Research activities must contribute to scientific knowledge, provide educational opportunities, help to ensure public health or safety, increase knowledge of the protected area's values or increase public inspiration/use/enjoyment of the protected area.

BC Parks will only approve applications that meet one of the purposes listed above, have no potential to result in adverse impacts and are justified to be located within a park according to section 2.2 of BC Parks Research Permit Policy.

Research in an ecological reserve requires an ecological reserve permit.

Discuss your application with the BC Parks Area Supervisor responsible for the protected land(s) for which you are applying.

Contact information for their regional offices will be listed in your current permit, or on the BC Parks website.

Amending Permit(s)

Changes to your permit may include but are not limited to changes of the legal mailing address listed on your permit, changes to your activities, or changes to the permit area. All requested changes go to the BC Parks Regional Offices for review and decision.

Change of Information

To update your client contact information (phone number, mailing address, billing address, email address, or contact name), please use the Change of Information option in the application. If the information does not require a change to your permit document, you may update contact information free of charge.

Renewing Permits

Your permit must be in good standing before it will be renewed. The BC Parks Regional Office responsible for the proposed renewal area will decide whether or not to renew your permit. The BC Parks Regional Office may request that you submit further information regarding your activity.

The target time frame to adjudicate a permit renewal is 60 days. Ensure that you submit your permit renewal application far enough in advance of your permit’s expiration date to allow your application to be processed. If your permit expires before a new permit is issued, you will not be able to conduct business in the Park until a new permit agreement is signed. If you have not submitted a renewal application before your permit expires, you will be required to submit a new permit application instead.

Discuss your application with the BC Parks Area Supervisor responsible for the protected land(s) for which you are applying. Contact information for their regional offices will be listed in your current permit, or on the BC Parks website.

Costs and Responsibilities


Fees and making a payment

No fees are required for research permits.


It is your responsibility to obtain all other applicable licences, tenures or permits prior to the issuance of a park use permit.

It is your responsibility to ensure that your park use permit's annual requirements, such as proof of insurance, fees and reports, are met each year. 

It is your responsibility to visit BC Online and determine whether or not you must be registered to do business in British Columbia:

  • 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'), be in compliance with section 375 of the Business Corporations Act to operate in British Columbia.
  • Extra-provincial societies must be registered under the Societies Act in order to hold a park use permit or resource use permit in British Columbia. An extra-provincial society is a society or association, or a specific branch of a society or association, that was formed outside British Columbia. 

A park use permit holder is responsible for abiding by the terms and conditions of the permit document provided.

What you need to apply

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.

Completed 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. Management Plan Template can be found here.

Any additional documentation supporting the application, such as photographs, or correspondence with First Nations.

Digital maps must be submitted as part of the application. Map(s) must be submitted for each park included in the application according the following mapping standards: 

  • 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 also be submitted and must be in BC Albers, NAD 83 projection.
  • General Location Map:
    • A map of the individual park(s)/ecological reserve(s) within the application 
    • Drawn between 1:50 000 and 1:250 000 in scale (or larger if a larger scale is required to encompass the boundaries of the permit area)
    • Illustrates at a landscape level scale the general location of the area under application, including boundaries of the proposed permit area, travel/access routes and major landmarks
  • Permit Area Maps:
    • More detailed map(s) of the proposed permit area(s), required in addition to a general location map if you have improvements or specific areas of the park that you will be using more intensively
    • Drawn to 1:20 000 to 1:50 000 scale showing the exact proposed boundaries of the permit area
    • Includes the area (in hectares) and any watercourses or other identifying features (trails, facilities, roads, etc.)
    • Clearly identifies the location of travel/access routes and specific study/activity site(s)  
    • If applicable, describe the construction, location(s) and uses(s) of any new of pre-existing facilities within the permit area, as well as the propsed size(s) and location(s) of all future improvements
  • Digital maps or georeferenced spatial files may be prepared using the NROS Explore by Location Tool, FrontCounter BC Discovery Tool or iMapBC Tool (Tutorial).

It is recommended that you "Find a park" and read the park management plan prior to submitting your application.

What happens after you apply

Receiving the application

  • Your application will be reviewed to ensure that it is complete. If necessary, you will be contacted for more information.
  • An application will not be processed until all required information and application fee has been received.
  • 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.

Request Final Requirements

  • If the Statutory Decision Maker approves the permit, the FrontCounter BC permit clerk will email you a draft permit and notify you of the permit's final requirements. If you do not provide an email address, you will be notified by letter instead.
  • Examples of Final Requirements:
    • Written agreement to the terms and conditions set out in the draft permit
    • Proof of Insurance
    • Financial Guarantee
  • If you do not respond to the Request for Final Requirements by the indicated due date, your application will be withdrawn, your file will be closed and 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. If no email address was provided, a hard copy will be sent to you by mail.

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. If your application is denied, you will be provided with a letter indicating the reason(s) your application was unsuccessful. The list below provides some common examples of why BC Parks may deny a reasearch permit application:

  • BC Parks might not approve any new research permits if the conservancy does not have an approved Management Plan.
    • A list of conservancies can be found on BC Parks website. If there is an active management plan, it will be

              listed on the page for that conservancy.

  • BC Parks might not approve any new research permits if there are concerns about adverse impacts to the values

       of that particular park, conservancy, protected  area or recreation area. BC Parks' Research Permit Policy does

       not support research activities that would result in adverse impacts.

  • BC Parks might not approve an activity that conflicts with other approved activities or recreational uses of a park, conservancy, protected area or recreation area.
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