The Riparian Areas Protection Regulation – RAPR

Qualitest provides the Riparian Areas Protection Regulation (RAPR) services in throughout the British Columbia and Alberta including Vancouver, Revelstoke, Kamloops, Kelowna, Merritt, Chilliwack, Mapleridge, Pitt Meadows, Port Moody, Port Coquitlam, White Rock, New Westminister, Abbotsford, Victoria, Burnaby, Delta, Richmond, Langley, Surrey, Coquitlam, Burnaby, Kitimat, Terrace, Dawson Creek, Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer, Fort McMurray, Cold Lake, Piece River etc

The Riparian Areas Protection Regulation (RAPR) is Provincial legislation that requires local governments to protect riparian areas during residential, commercial, and industrial developments in order to maintain the features, functions and conditions that support fish habitat. A RAPR Assessment may be required when considering development near watercourses, ditches, or wetlands.

Qualitest has the scientific and technical knowledge in determining the applicability of the RAPR to development projects, conducting RAPR assessments in accordance with the standardized RAPR assessment methodology, and completing and submitting RAPR Assessment Reports to the provincial online Riparian Areas Regulation Notification System (RARNS) for review and audit.

The Riparian Areas Protection Regulation (RAPR) is provincial legislation that requires local governments to protect the areas bordering on streams, lakes, and wetlands that link water to land (Riparian Areas) to protect the fish habitat. The blend of streambed, water, trees, shrubs, and grasses available in the riparian areas directly influences and provides fish habitat. The main purpose of RAPR is protect these highly productive ecosystems that are critical source of British Columbia’s biodiversity.

RAPR applies to all new Residential, Commercial, and Industrial activities within 30 metres of a watercourse. The regulation helps you conduct your activities responsibly to avoid degrading valuable riparian fish habitat. The planned activities may include any of the following:

  • Constructing buildings and structures
  • Removing or altering plants
  • Disturbing soils
  • Constructing roads, trails, docks, wharves, bridges
  • Creating hard surfaces such as decks and pavement
  • Installing works for flood protection
  • Developing drainage systems and utility corridors
  • Servicing sewage and water systems
  • Subdivisions








Illustration of the Riparian Area requiring compliance with the RAPR

Our Qualified Environmental Professionals certified under RAPR will create simple and detailed assessments in to determine the width of the Streamside Protection and Enhancement Area (SPEA) on your property. Qualitest professionals will assist in submission and follow-up of RAPR assessments to the concerned authorities (Local and Provincial Governments) and co-ordinate effectiveness monitoring activities.

Riparian Areas Protection Regulation (RAPR)

Illustration of the Riparian Area requiring compliance with the RAPR

The new RAPR is intended to provide improved oversight for the Ministry, incorporate training requirements for QEPs, and provide additional detail and rigour in the application of regulatory standards.

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