Conservation Permits

A Conservation Permit is required when moving, removing or depositing soil in excess of 500 cubic metres or when changing the grade of a property by more than one metre (1m). Conservation Permit applications must include technical information from an appropriate qualified professional(s) to ensure the excavation is safe and addresses all appropriate requirements, in accordance with the Soil Conservation Bylaw.

For further information on how to apply for a Soils Conservation Permit, please refer to the Soils Conservation Guide.

Erosion & Sediment Control

Storm water runoff from construction sites can erode disturbed soils, carry them off-site and contribute significant amounts of sediment (soil) to the surrounding environment. Erosion and sediment control (ESC) techniques are important to maintaining a clean, healthy waterway ecosystem and supporting aquatic wildlife. In an effort to protect and enhance the integrity of Coquitlam’s drainage system and aquatic environments, including our creeks and rivers, the City of Coquitlam has adopted sustainable development practices for all construction activities. In September 2013, the City adopted a new Stream and Drainage System Protection Bylaw (No. 4403, 2013) to strengthen the City’s regulations for addressing ESC issues related to poor construction practices. For more information on the Bylaw and to access the ESC forms, please see the Erosion and Sediment Control page. 

Note: This webpage is provided only as a guide for public use and convenience. Changes to the information outlined may be made where circumstances warrant. Please consult the City's bylaws and other documents including the Community Charter, Local Government Act, and Land Title Act.

Planning & Development Department