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You need a soil permit if you want to remove or add more than 18 cubic metres (approximately two truck loads) of soil, gravel, sand, drain rock, or other loose material (such as broken concrete or rock) during one calendar year.
You do not need a soil permit to maintain existing landscapes, gardens, or lawns.
Who can apply
Either the homeowner, developer, or contractor can apply for this permit.
How to apply
Soil permit requirements are the same whether you're building a new house or doing other soil-related work.
To apply for your permit, fill in the application form and bring it to the District Hall building counter.
- If your property is zoned commercial or industrial, you will need to submit a sediment and erosion control plan
- If you are removing or depositing soil within 5 metres of a tree, there may be additional requirements. Staff will inform you if there are.
- If your lot is within a development permit area, you may be required to submit a preliminary environmental or engineering report before we issue your permit. See if your property is in a development permit area
Fees for permits on single family homes are about half the cost of fees for industrial or commercial zoned lands.