Submit a Notice of Project form
Before starting work activity on certain projects, owners, prime contractors, and/or employers are required by the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation to send us written notice. You can do this online with our Notice of Project (NOP) form. How much notice we require depends on the type of project you’re planning.
|Type of project||Notice required
|Construction (OHS Regulation 20.2)
||At least 24 hours
|Asbestos, lead or other similar exposure work activity (OHS Regulation 20.2.1 (1))
||At least 48 hours (as of May 1, 2017)|
|Forestry projects expected to last more than 5 working days (OHS Regulation 26.4)
||At least 24 hours but not more than 30 days|
|Diving (OHS Regulation 24.9(1)(a) to (f))
||At least 24 hours|
|Aircraft operations (forestry) (OHS Regulation 29.16)
||At least 2 weeks|
|Underground workings (OHS Regulation 22.6)
||At least 30 days|
Between September 10 and 21, a small group of employers is helping us test changes to the Notice of Project submission form for asbestos, lead or other similar exposure work activity (OHS Regulation 20.2.1 (1)). Their feedback will help inform upgrades to all Notice of Project forms being planned for later this year. If you have questions about these changes, please contact our Prevention Information Line.
As of May 1, 2017, employers and owners (or prime contractors) are required to ensure that an NOP is submitted for construction projects involving asbestos, lead or other similar exposure work activity at least 48 hours before beginning work. Although several parties are responsible, only one NOP needs to be submitted for a project.
The new regulations state that if there are any significant changes to the information on the NOP, the new information must be submitted to WorkSafeBC as soon as possible and posted at the work site.
Employers also need to send us any required documents, as stated in section 20.2.1(4), along with the NOP (e.g., safe work procedures and hazardous materials surveys prepared under section 20.112, if applicable).
The new regulations also require employers to retain a copy of the NOP for at least 10 years from the start date of the construction project.
The online NOP form has been updated to align with the new regulations that came into effect on May 1. More instructions and explanatory notes have also been added so it's easier to understand and submit the required information.
If you have older paper versions of the NOP form for general construction, asbestos, lead or similar exposure work activity (form #52E49), some of the regulatory references on the form will not be correct after May 1. For example, the prior notice period on the paper form says “at least 24 hours notice required.” However, as of May 1, the requirement is at least 48 hours notice. If you are using paper forms, please discard your older forms and order revised forms through WorkSafeBCStore.com. We recommend using the online NOP form as it is a faster and more efficient way of submitting NOPs.
Please note that the online form will time out after 35 minutes of inactivity and your information will not be saved.
Before you start the form, ensure you have the names, addresses, emails, and phone numbers for owner, prime contractor, employer, person in charge of the project, and consultants, if applicable, to complete it.
Owners, prime contractors, or employers also need to send us any required documents and additional information as specified in the relevant regulations. Information on how to do this is included in Step 6 of the online form.