An authorization is the proponent's permission, in accordance with the legislation, to proceed with an activity, operation, or water diversion. Requirements included in an authorization are the "project-specific rules" for that activity and non-compliance with them is an offence.
Authorizations consider the life cycle of an activity (that is, all phases of the activity such as design, construction, operation, maintenance, surveillance, decommissioning, closure and reclamation). This enables ‘cradle-to-grave’ environmental protection and natural resource management.
Authorizations can be amended, renewed, cancelled and suspended. Before issuing an authorization, the terms and conditions and the consequences of non-compliance are discussed with the regulated party to ensure that those are clear and well understood.
Dam Safety does not have the authority to issue authorizations, but provides technical support to the regional Water Act approvals teams, who hold authority for authorizations. The Dam Safety team performs technical reviews of the authorization applications regarding dams or canals and establishes dam and canal safety terms and conditions for authorizations.
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Please note that the procedures and works of the Regulatory Approvals Centre (RAC), departmental Approvals and Compliance, Alberta Energy Regulator (AER), and any other regulatory authority that has jurisdiction under the Water Act or any other Act or Regulation are not part of dam and canal safety processes. For more information, please see: