Applicants and directly affected parties may request the Board of the NRCB to review a permit decision issued by an approval officer or an enforcement order issued by an inspector. Parties that were denied directly affected party status may also appeal that decision to the Board.
Confined feeding operators may ask the Board to review an enforcement order issued by an inspector.
There are two steps in the review process. First, the Board meets to discuss the merits of the request. At this stage, the Board decides only whether to hold a hearing or to deny the review.
If the Board determines that the request has merit and agrees to hold a hearing, the hearing may be public (i.e., oral) or written. Public hearings are normally held near the proposed project. Most hearings are completed in one day.
Hearings are an opportunity for the Board to consider in detail the approval officer’s or inspector’s reasons for their decision, the evidence given by the parties to the review, and any other information the Board considers relevant.
The Board reviews each request received and always issues a written decision that explains why the request was granted or denied. Board decisions are public documents and are published on this website.
AOPA provides for a limited right to appeal Board review decisions, including a decision to deny a request for review, to the Alberta Court of Appeal.
RFR Process Fact Sheet