New gravel rules in Coldstream

Permit fees range from $150 to $500 based on the aggregate amount of soil being deposited or removed

There are new rules for anyone wanting to remove or deposit soil in Coldstream.

Under a new municipal bylaw, you must apply for a permit when more than 50 cubic metres (five dump truck loads) of soil is being removed or placed on a property except where there is an active building or development permit.

“The purpose of a soil permit is to minimize the potential environmental or physical hazards that may cause damage to people, property or water bodies, and to regulate noise, dust and hours of operation of equipment working to minimize any disturbance to neighbours,” said Michael Baker, director of engineering.

Permit fees range from $150 to $500 based on the aggregate amount of soil being deposited or removed. Applicants also have to provide a refundable $500 damage deposit.

“For the removal or deposit of soil on land within the Agricultural Land Reserve, the district requires a copy of the written approval or exemption granted from the Agricultural Land Commission,” said Baker.

Additional information and approvals by other authorities, such as engineers and provincial or federal regulatory bodies, may be required depending on the scope of the works proposed.