Important notice: New BC Energy Step Code
Please review the links below to learn about important updates:
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 curb-side garbage and recycling collection
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:
An additional resource for commercial and multi-family developments:
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.
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.
APPLICATIONS & DOCUMENTS
Building: Commercial & Multi-Family
Note: Please book an appointment for Commercial & Multi-family submissions with Misa Lee at 604-925-7226.
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
Demolition & Excavation
Insurance Declaration Form
Traffic Management Plan
Stormwater Management Plan Submission
Interface Fire Safety Guidelines
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: