Written by: Kristen Cockburn, AAg
A Site Profile  is a standardized form from the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategies (MOECCS) that is used to screen certain commercial and industrial properties for potential contamination resulting from current or historical land use activities. A Site profile is often required to be completed for a property when applying for a development permit, rezoning, subdivision, soil removal or demolition of a property, and is usually submitted to the relevant local authority or to MOECCS directly.
If you are applying for a permit as above, will be decommissioning or selling a property, or the property is going into receivership, information about the current and past land uses on a property will be used to determine if a “Schedule 2” land use occurred on the property. Schedule 2  is part of the BC MOECCS Waste Management Act’s Contaminated Sites Regulation (CSR) and lists commercial and industrial land uses that can have a higher likelihood of land contamination from raw materials, chemicals used in processing or manufacturing, and in the sale or distribution of products. If a Schedule 2 land use has taken place on the property, even in the past, it should be included, as it is possible to have caused contamination from historical uses. If no Schedule 2 uses have been identified on the property, a Site Profile is not required, unless required by the local government or by a Director of Waste Management.
There are exemptions from the Site Profile process that may also apply to the property, as described within both the CSR and Administrative Guidance on Contaminated Sites 1 – Completing and Submitting Site Profiles  as provided by MOECCS.
Who should fill out a Site Profile?
A Site Profile is intended to be completed by the property owner, though may also be completed on behalf of the owner by a person with sufficient knowledge of land uses on the property . The local authority and MOECCS reviews the submitted Site Profiles to screen for potential contaminated sites so it is important for the Site Profile to be completed correctly by a knowledgeable person, with an understanding of the scale and intent of what constitutes a Schedule 2 use. For example, a small tidy tank used for fueling equipment on a property is not considered fuel storage or fuel sales as it is temporary infrastructure and of limited quantity. Further examples are provided in Administrative Guidance on Contaminated Sites 13 – Guidance on Schedule 2 Activities and Purpose.
Site Profiles with identified Schedule 2 uses may be flagged by MOECCS for further investigation by the Director and may request a Stage I Preliminary Site Investigation. An incorrect Site Profile could end up costing thousands of dollars in unwarranted investigation costs, or legal liabilities for undeclared contamination.
If you have questions regarding the completion of a Site
Profile or have received a response from MOECCS regarding submitted Site
Profile don’t hesitate to call us, as we would be happy to help!