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Permits

The provision of water requires a valid permit. There are three types of permit approvals:

  • Drinking Water Source Assessment
  • Construction Permit
  • Operating Permit

New drinking water source assessment (for new or existing systems)

New drinking water sources need to be assessed to identify and avoid potential contamination. Information collected is essential for supporting source protection efforts and proper treatment system design and operation.

Environmental Health Officers (EHO) evaluate new drinking water sources. Once completed, an Application for Water Supply System can be submitted to Engineering Direct at 1-250-565-2150 or by email.

Review the following information prior to starting your application:

Water System Construction Permit Application

Construction permits are required by the Drinking Water Protection Act and must be obtained before the construction, installation, alteration, or extension of a water supply system.

When: 

Water System "Minor" Construction Permit Application

When:

  • You are applying on behalf of an existing water system,
  • "Minor construction" is considered simple water-main extension to service a single lot with a pipe ø ≥ 75 mm (3 in) or to service ≤ 5 lots, apply for a Water System "Minor" Construction Permit Application.
  • For larger projects, please use the normal Waterworks Construction Permit application form.

For more information, contact Engineering Direct at 1-250-565-2150 or by email.

Review the following information prior to starting your application:

Water System Operating Permit Application

An Operating Permit is required for community drinking water supplies by the Drinking Water Protection Act
Once the Construction Permit is issued, your file will be forwarded to an Environmental Health Officer to begin the Operating Permit approval process.

When:

  • Permitting an existing water system as a public water system,
  • Permitting an new water system as a public water system,
  • Updating information for a permitted public water system, apply for a Water System Operating Permit Application.

Water System Operating Permit Application - Cistern

When:

Water System Operating Permit Application - Water Hauling Truck

When:

For more information contact an Environmental Health Officer.