Building Permits

Important notices

New BC Energy Step Code - effective July 1, 2018

New BC Building and Plumbing Code | effective December 10, 2018, and will apply to building permits applied for on or after the effective date.

Please review the links below to learn about additional updates:

Fire Safety Plans

Changes to the Zoning Bylaw

Interim Tree Bylaw: Tree Survey Regulations

Interpretation of Natural Grade for Single Dwelling Properties

Blasting and Rock Breaking Application Guidelines

Erosion and Sediment Control

Development Cost Charges Calculations for Building Permit Issuance


Application process

Building Permit applications require all documentation and drawings listed on the checklist at the time of application. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

When applying for a building permit, along with a completed application form, you will be asked to provide:

  • two sets of drawings (preferred size 24" x 36") for residential/duplex, 3 sets of drawings (preferred size 24" x 36") for tenant improvements, commercial, multi-family and government permit applications 
  • a Declaration of Insurance form for all registered professionals
  • the legal survey, which must now show trees, hedges and other structures on adjoining boulevards and rights of ways
  • a storm water management plan prepared by a Professional Engineer
  • a driveway plan and profile drawing including dimensions and elevations
  • a landscape and grading plan showing details of any work proposed on District right of ways or lands or on the adjoining boulevard
  • half the permit fee
  • a land title search (not more than 30 days old)
  • structural drawings prepared by a Professional Engineer
  • demolition and construction sites require a Fire Safety Plan

If applicant other than registered owner they must submit a Registered Owner's Authorization Form

Your other responsibilities during construction

If you are building a new home OR doing a renovation valued at more than $500,000, you will also need a Traffic Management Plan. This will ensure that you have provided for:

  • parking during construction
  • any necessary lane closures
  • truck access
  • weekly curbside garbage and recycling collection

Traffic Management Plan Application Form

Traffic Management Plan Requirements

Traffic Management Plan Sample Report

A sample template in Word format is available upon request.

You are required to post a Heavy Vehicle Prohibited Downhill sign at your construction site.

Building Permit Fees

Here is a breakdown of the fees for building permits:

Building Permit Fees

An additional resource for commercial and multi-family developments:

Development Cost Charges Calculations for Building Permit Issuance

Do you know about the solar hot-water ready requirements?

The BC Building code requires that all new single-family homes must provide space to accommodate future solar collectors and piping from the roof to the home's primary heater. You don’t have to install solar heating, but you must make accommodations for a future installation. Details must be shown on drawings submitted for your building permit.


Solar BC

Schedule an Inspection


There are 19 plants identified in the District's Invasive Plants Strategy which are not permitted for planting on municipal boulevards. 

To help control the spread of invasive plant species, create landscape plans that do not include these non-native plants. 

Invasive Plant species in West Vancouver


Permits & Inspections Department



Inspectors are in the office:
8–9:30 a.m. 
4–4:30 p.m.

The Permits & Inspections Department does not accept Building Permit applications or issue Building Permits after 3:30 p.m.


Building: Commercial & Multi-Family

Note: Please book an appointment for Commercial & Multi-family submissions with Misa Lee at 604-925-7226.

Commercial and Multi-Family Building Permit Application

Commercial and Multi-Family Building Code and Zoning Summary Sheet

Confirmation of Required Documentation for Non-Single-Family Dwellings

Fire Safety Plan (Required for Commercial and Multi-Family)

Inspections for Commercial Tenant Improvements

Registered Owner's Authorization Form

Note: Effective January 1, 2018 the Fire Department fees will be changing.

The cost per plan review is the greater of $150 or 0.075 per cent of work associated with the building permit.

The fee will be due and payable at the time of the building permit issuance.

Building: Single Family

Single Family Dwelling and Duplex Permit Application

Single Family and Duplex Zones: Summary of Zoning Regulations

Registered Owner's Authorization Form

Building Code

BC Energy Step Code

Building Code Classification Code Summary Sheet

Alternative Solutions

Alternative Solutions Information Bulletin

Alternative Solution Application Form

Alternative Solution Letter of Professional Certification of Compliance

Demolition & Excavation

Demolition Permit Application

Demolition Material Recycling and Disposal Report (Statutory Declaration)

Excavation Construction Site Safety and WorkSafe BC 

Fire Safety Plan (Required for Demolition & Construction Sites)

General Notes for Construction

Mechanical Ventilation

Mechanical Ventilation Checklist

Mechanical Ventilation Checklist (for Permits Applied for before January 1, 2015)

Insurance Declaration Form

Schedule C - Insurance Declaration Form


Drainage Requirements

Traffic Management Plan

Traffic Management Plan Application Form

Traffic Management Plan Requirements

Traffic Management Plan Sample Report

Illustration Sample

A sample template in Word format is available upon request.

Stormwater Management Plan Submission

Stormwater Management Plan Submission Guidelines

Interface Fire Safety Guidelines

High-Risk Work During Extreme Fire Danger Ratings

Erosion and Sediment Control

Any new construction or high-risk work also requires a Sediment and Erosion Control Plan.

Low-risk projects may be exempt from this process. Learn more:

Erosion and Sediment Control