Disposal at sea: renewable permits

Disposal at Sea permits are valid for a maximum length of 1 year. However, permits for routine, low risk projects may be eligible to be renewed up to 4 times.

Eligibility for renewal

When applying for the initial permit application, the applicant must request the permit be eligible for renewal and indicate the number of renewals desired. This allows the Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) Disposal at Sea Program staff to scope its permit assessment over the time requested, to a maximum of 5 years. Program staff will inform applicants if their permit is eligible for renewal and the number of years for which it will be eligible.

Also, to be eligible for renewal:

  • the applicant must be in compliance with all permit conditions for valid permits
  • there can be no history of material at the load site being deemed unsuitable for disposal at sea
  • loading and disposal sites are consistent with those described in permits issued in last 5 years.

Applying to renew a permit

If a permit has been deemed eligible for renewal, a permit holder can apply for a renewal by:

  • completing the application form (HTML; PDF 178 KB)
    • applicants must submit the application form for permit renewal at least 90 days before the existing permit expires
  • providing the $2,500 application fee
  • showing the Notice of application was published
  • following the application form completion guide (HTML; PDF 390 KB)

Similar to the initial permit, the renewed permit will need to be published in the CEPA Environmental Registry at least 7 days before the effective date of the renewal.

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