You need a permit. It’s the law.

If you have a planned ground disturbance activity near our pipeline, you need to obtain a permit from Trans Mountain before you begin your work. Start the process by first making a One Call.

Trans Mountain  is regulated federally by the Canada Energy Regulator (CER), and provincially in British Columbia by the Oil and Gas Commission. We follow the technical standards set out in CSA Z662 published by the Canadian Standards Association.

To ensure the safe operation of our pipelines, the CER has established a prescribed area for activities that are allowed and not allowed within 30 metres (100 feet) from the centre of the pipeline. The purpose of the prescribed area is to protect the pipeline from accidental damage from activities such as excavating.

Without prior written consent from Trans Mountain in the form of a 30 Metre (100 Foot) Metre Permit or Proximity Permit, the regulations specifically prohibit:

  • Operating motor vehicles or mobile equipment over the right-of-way where a road does not currently exist
  • Any construction, drilling, or digging or other ground disturbance within the right-of-way
  • Any power operated ground disturbance activity within 30 metres (100 feet) from the centre of the pipeline

For more information on pipeline regulations in Canada:

Amended Pipeline Damage Prevention Regulations

Amended Pipeline Damage Prevention Regulations

In June 2016, the CER released an amended version of its Pipeline Damage Prevention Regulations – Authorizations, and Pipeline Damage Prevention Regulations – Obligations of Pipeline Companies (together, known as the DPRs). Landowners and the public should note the following:

Prescribed Area

Anyone planning to conduct ground disturbance activities within the prescribed area must make a locate request through their One Call centre. When a One Call centre does not exist, they must obtain the pipeline company’s written consent directly.

Agricultural Activity

For a vehicle or mobile equipment to be authorized for agricultural activity across the prescribed area, the following conditions must be met:

  • The loaded axle weight and tire pressures of the vehicle or mobile equipment must be within the manufacture’s approved limits and operating guidelines; and
  • The pipeline company cannot have previously issued a notification identifying the point of crossing as a location that could impair the pipeline’s safety or security.

If landowners/users are unsure whether their proposed agricultural activity meets the above conditions, or whether the proposed agricultural activity could jeopardize the safe and secure operation of the pipeline, they must contact the pipeline company before crossing the prescribed area with agricultural vehicles or mobile equipment.

Administrative Monetary Penalties

The CER developed Administrative Monetary Penalties (AMPs), allowing it to impose financial penalties on companies or individuals for non-compliance within the CER Act, regulations, decisions, permits, orders, licences or certificate conditions intended to promote safety and environmental protection.

The AMPs section in the CER Act sets out the maximum daily penalties for both individuals and companies. For individuals, the maximum daily penalty is $25,000 for each violation, and for companies, the maximum daily penalty is $100,000 per violation.

The Act stipulates that each day a violation continues, it will be considered a separate violation.

For more information, visit the CER website.