What is a Detailed RAR Assessment?
A detailed assessment as defined by the BC Ministry of Environment is an assessment performed under the Riparian Areas Regulation according to the detailed assessment protocols. The assessment protocols provide a defined and detailed methods for a Qualified Environmental Professional, or QEP, to determine what riparian setback should be around a watercourse. Although there are exceptions, the rule of thumb is no works shall be performed within the riparian setback to preserve the integrity of the stream.
When do you need a Detailed RAR Assessment?
An RAR assessment is required when any works are being performed on a property that is 30 metres from the top of bank of a watercourse (ditch, stream, wetland or lake) or even a ravine in southern British Columbia, Canada. The assessment is usually a requirement of many development permits required by the local municipality. There are two types of RAR assessments with two different methodologies - the proponent can decide which one they want to perform based on their budget. In general, a detailed RAR assessment has a smaller setback than a simple RAR assessment resulting in more usable area for the property owner.
How does the RAR Process work?
The assessment requires that a QEP (i.e. Balanced Environmental) is hired by the proponent. The QEP performs research on the property followed by a site visit to confirm on-site conditions, then prepares a detailed RAR assessment report which is normally submitted to the Ministry of Environment on-line. A detailed RAR assessment often requires several QEPs of different specialities (surveyors, biologists, geotechnical engineers, etc.) depending on site conditions. For more information, please read the RAR Assessment Methods.
What does a RAR assessment cost?
Balanced conducts random surveys to ensure that all its pricing is completive. We offer detailed RAR assessments as low as $5,000 plus tax - please contact our office to obtain a proposal free of charge. Terms and conditions apply.
How long does an assessment take?
An assessment can be performed as quickly as 10 business days - please contact our office for QEP availability. Terms and conditions apply.
What kind of report do I get?
Upon completion of the assessment, you will be provided with a written report approximately 10 pages which includes a drawing of your property and associated stream setbacks. For an example of a report provided by the Ministry of Environment, click here.
How do I request a fee proposal?
Please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (604) 988-3033 and ask for a detailed RAR assessment. Please provide your address and the nature of the work you wish to perform. Also include any surveys you may have of your property.