The Building Inspector has a wealth of knowledge on District bylaws and codes related to building and their involvement in a project helps promote conformance to safety and health requirements. Communicating with the inspector in advance reduces the chances of problems arising during a field inspection.
Building permits are required for all types of construction except:
All building permit applications must include:
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Building permits are required before beginning any type of construction as defined in the Building Bylaw:
If you are unsure about whether a building permit is required, please check with the Planning Department at 250.425.6271.
You do not need a permit for:
As defined in our Building Bylaw:
A standard building is a building of three stories or less in building height, having an area that is less than 600 square metres (6,458 ft2) and used for:
A complex buildings are
1. All buildings used for major occupancies classified as
2. All buildings exceeding 600 square meters (6,458 ft2) or exceeding three stories in building height that will be used for:
These types of buildings require a Complex Building Permit Application.
As defined in the BC Building Code:
Low hazard industrial occupancy: means an industrial occupancy in which the combustible content is not more than 50 kg/m2 or 1 200 MJ/m2 of floor area.
Medium hazard industrial occupancy: means an industrial occupancy in which the combustible content is more than 50 kg/m2 or 1 200 MJ/m2 of floor area and not classified as hlgh-hazard industrial occupancy.
High hazard industrial occupancy: means an industrialoccupancy that contains sufficient quantities of highly combustible and flammable or explosive materials which, because of their inherent characteristics, constitue a special fire hazard).
It is unlawful to commence construction with a building permit and double permit fees will be charged to you.
If the work does not comply with the BC Building Code, you may have to pay for costly repairs to upgrade or you may have to remove the work.
Standard building permit applications must contain:
Complex building permit applications must contain:
If the proposed building is under 10 square metres (107.6 ft2) and used for storage purposes only, you don't require a building permit.
However, siting requirements, building height and lot coverage for your zone will still apply. Roof overhangs and foundations cannot project into the neighbouring property. Find your zoning information on our online maps.
Larger storage sheds and garages require a building permit.
Plans must contain sufficient information to enable staff to determine whether the proposed work conforms to all applicable regulations.
The requirements are different for complex buildings and standard buildings.