Applying for a right of way permit

Your safety and the integrity of our high-pressure pipeline system is our top priority. Buried pipelines within rights of way are indicated by distinctive marker posts and signs, often displaying a Click or Call before you dig symbol.

How to apply

Keep in mind, you’ll need to get permission before drilling, digging or excavation of any kind near or within a right of way. You’ll also need to apply if you plan other activities, such as placing a structure or planting vegetation within a right of way.

    1. Get a BC 1 Call reference number by clicking BC 1 Call or calling 1-800-474-6886. You will need this to apply for a pipeline and/or right of way works permit.
    2. Complete the online permit application.
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    3. Attach a construction drawing or sketch of the plan and profile views to your online application:
      • Plan view: drawn to scale, show the proposed changes and supply sufficient geographical references such as legal property lines and roads. Include all details pertinent to the proposal, such as tie-in dimensions from a known point along the natural gas pipeline (road allowance or property line) to a point where the crossing facility intersects the pipeline.

        Note: drawings may require a legal survey of the pipeline to show the proposed work in relation to the pipeline and/or right of way.
      • Profile view (cross-section):drawn to scale, show a profile along the natural gas pipeline and/or across the pipeline. Indicate depth of cover over the pipeline and the clearance between the pipeline and your facility.
    4. Have a site inspection. FortisBC will endeavor to expedite the review of all permit applications to determine if a pre-site inspection, or additional information, is required from the applicant.
      • Permit process timing: a few factors will affect the timing of the permit process such as complexity and number of permit applications received. If you have not heard from us after six weeks, please email [email protected] or call us at 1-877-599-0996 for a status update.
      • Fee structure for site inspection: FortisBC will cover all costs the first week of the pipeline site inspection services. However, applicant/permit holders will be responsible for all overtime costs and any and all additional week(s) of pipeline inspection services. See a fee structure table below.
    5. Keep a copy of the approved permit and associated plans at the work site at all times. This is a requirement of the pipeline and/or right of way works permit.

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More about fee structure for site inspection

As of October 15, 2022, we changed our fee structure for pipeline site inspection services. Fees are now charged for work that’s carried out in proximity to our high-pressure pipelines for any additional time past the first two days of site inspection services that FortisBC will cover.

 Duration of work Cost of pipeline site inspection charged to:
 One week of regular time (up to approximately $2,000*)  FortisBC
 One week of regular time (up to approximately $2,000*)  Applicant
 Over and above one week of regular time ($2,000 or more)  Applicant

* As of October 2022, and subject to change.

We encourage you to consider these fees when providing costs estimates for current and future projects that involve construction work in proximity to our high-pressure gas lines. In the interest of safety, we appreciate your cooperation.

Why is it important to get a right of way permit?

Safety is our first priority, and so is the integrity of our pipeline system. We inspect our rights of way regularly and if we find unauthorized activities or encroachments, we’re required to notify and forward a report to WorkSafeBC and the BC Oil and Gas Commission. Depending on the ruling of these regulatory agencies, contraventions to the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Regulations and/or Oil and Gas Activities Act of BC may result in fines.

We’re here to help

If you have questions about what’s permitted in a right of way or how to apply for a permit, email the FortisBC permit desk at [email protected] or call 604-576-7021 or 1-877-599-0996.