What is a simple RAR assessment?

A Riparian Area Report (RAR), is a simple assessment as defined by the BC ministry of Environment is an assessment performed under the riparian areas regulation according to the simple assessment protocols. The assessment protocols provide a defined and simple method 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.

Foreshore are experienced in providing these reports to support the development application process. Foreshore will liaise with its clients to understand the needs of each individual project.

Recent RAR Assessments

  • Port Coquitlam RAR Assessment for parking lot expansion.
  • Langley RAR Assessment for Shed Construction near Yorkson Creek.
  • Maple Ridge assessment of stream remediation near Kanaka Creek.
  • North Vancouver RAR Assessment for Garage Construction near Range Creek.
  • Langley RAR assessment for house moving project adjacent ditch system.
  • RAR Assessment for sewer system across and along York Lake.
  • RAR investigation for unnamed stream relocation project in Cedar.

When do you need a simple RAR assessment?

A 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 simple RAR assessment has a larger setback than a detailed rar assessment resulting in less 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 onsite conditions, then prepares a simple rar assessment report which is normally submitted to the ministry of environment online.

For more information, please read the rar assessment methods.

What does an RAR assessment cost?

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 5 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 approximatley 10 pages which includes a drawing of your property and associated stream setbacks.

How do I request a free proposal?

To request a simple RAR assessment, please complete the form below and confirm the nature of the work you wish to perform. Also include any surveys you may have of your property.

Simple RAR Assessments Enquiry

For further enquiries please get in touch using the form or alternatively the contact details below.

Service Enquiry Form

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