Environmentally Sensitive Development Permit (ESDP) Area
The Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys have some of the most endangered habitats in Canada and are home to large numbers of species at risk. For some species this is the only place in Canada where they are found.
Using mapping generated through the Keeping Nature in our Future biodiversity strategy, the Regional District has established Development Permits for environmentally sensitive areas in the south Okanagan.
ESPDs are used to minimize the impact of development on the natural environment and generally apply to areas and activities on privately held lands outside of the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR). ESDPs are usually required prior to any disturbance of land or vegetation and it is best to contact the RDOS as early in your planning as possible.
When there is an application for an ESDP, authority to approve such applications has been delegated by the Regional District Board to staff. The DP process requires an application fee, completed application form and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) or Rapid Environmental Assessment (REA) completed by a qualified environmental professional (QEP).
For more general information, view our ESDP Brochure.
To complete an application, please fill out the Development Permit Application Form.
If you think you may qualify for an Expedited ESDP, please complete the Rapid Environmental Assessment Form.
If you are wondering who a QEP is and what they do, view our Qualified Environmental Professionals Brochure.
Additional information and resources for Qualified Environmental Professionals (QEPs) undertaking assessments within the Regional District can be found here: https://soscp.org/land-use/resources-qualified-environmental-professionals/