Disposal at sea: service standards and fees

We issue permits for the disposal of non-hazardous substances into the sea. We have service standards and fees for the timely processing and delivery of your disposal at sea permit, as well as for disposal site monitoring.

New application and payment procedures during COVID-19 pandemic

Payment for disposal at sea fees by cheque or credit card cannot be processed at this time. Please follow these new procedures so that we can receive payments electronically and can continue to assess and issue your permit.

Prior to submitting a permit application or any payment for a permit (application or permit fee) please contact your regional Disposal at Sea Program office to obtain:

  1. A permit number
  2. Name of your permit officer
  3. Instructions for payment (wire transfer or direct deposit)

For tracking purposes, in the description field of the transfer include all the following information:

  • permit number
  • type of payment (application fee, first or second half of permit fee)
  • name of your permit officer

Please also send notifications of payment, with the same information that you added to the description field, to both our headquarters Disposal at Sea Program office and our Accounts Receivable Collections department.

These new procedures will result in the application and payments being 2 separate transactions and no cheques should be mailed to your regional office.

If you already have a permit number and name of the permit officer, and wish to pay the permit fee, please follow the same process. If you have recently remitted a cheque, we will be reaching out to you individually to discuss alternate payment options.

Your application form and other associated documents are to be sent to us as usual, according to the guidance for applying for a permit.

Fees for disposal at sea permits

A non-refundable application fee must accompany every application.

A permit fee is payable for every 1000 cubic metres (m3) of dredged or excavated material to be disposed as follows:

As required by the Service Fees Act, an increase is applied each year on April 1 in accordance with the previous year’s Consumer Price Index. Effective April 1, 2022, fees will increase by 3.4% as follows:

- Prior to April 1, 2019 April 1, 2020 April 1, 2021 April 1, 2022
Application fee $2,500 $2,606.10 $2,600.89 $2,689.32
Permit fee $470 per 1000 m3
$489.95 per 1000 m3
$488.97 per 1000 m3 $505.59 per 1000 m3


Application and permit fees for each permit will be at the rate applicable on the date you submit your application. Where a refund is payable upon expiry of the permit, it will be paid out at the same rate at which you paid your permit fee.

Service standards

When you apply for a disposal at sea permit, a decision on the application will be made:

  • within 90 days after you have been advised in writing that your application is complete, or
  • in the case of a permit renewal, within 45 days after you have been advised in writing that your application is complete.

Where additional information and any further consultation are required during the application assessment process, the review timeline will be suspended until the information has been provided and any consultation completed. An additional 14 days is required for publishing the permit on the CEPA Registry.

We also commit to timely processing and notification of permit fee payments:

  • within 45 calendar days, we will acknowledge receipt of your payment

Pursuant to the requirements of the Service Fees Act, ECCC will remit to applicants a portion of their fees if ECCC fails to meet the applicable performance standard.  For full details, please see the Remission Policy for Service Fees.

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