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Water Use in BC: New Changes to Permitting Processes

The Province recently approved amendments to the Water Regulation to eliminate minor but inconvenient steps in the permitting process.

BC Regulation 234/2013 amends the Water Regulation to:

i) eliminate the requirement for duplicate signatures on water license applications;  and

ii) eliminate the requirement that applicants for certain non-contentious water licenses must provide hard-copy information to potentially affected landowners – such information may now be provided electronically.

The Province’s efforts to continue to improve the current water use regime in BC suggest that the imminent enactment of the new Water Sustainability Act – the subject of previous blogs – is not a foregone conclusion.  The next sitting of the legislature is only weeks away and we look forward to seeing whether the Water Sustainability Act sees the light of day.

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