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Building Permits

NOW ACCEPTING ELECTRONIC APPLICATIONS

In response to COVID-19, we are not accepting paper applications and paper documents at this time. We are still open for business and here to accept new applications and documents for existing applications electronically. 

Applicants must submit all necessary documentation, similar to in-person permit application submissions; incomplete submissions will not be processed. All fees may be paid online.

Electronic application checklist for building permits



You need a building permit for the following:

  • demolishing a house, garage, carport, accessory building
  • renovations
  • building a new house, garage, or carport
  • adding on to or altering an existing house
  • adding a secondary suite
  • installing a swimming pool
  • building a retaining wall 1.2 metres (4 feet) or higher, or when building a series of retaining walls
  • building a shed or accessory building

Please consult the Permits & Inspections Department if you are unsure.

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

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:

  1. 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 
  2. a Declaration of Insurance form for all registered professionals
  3. the legal survey, which must now show trees, hedges and other structures on adjoining boulevards and rights of ways
  4. a storm water management plan prepared by a Professional Engineer
  5. a driveway plan and profile drawing including dimensions and elevations
  6. a landscape and grading plan showing details of any work proposed on District right of ways or lands or on the adjoining boulevard
  7. half the permit fee
  8. a land title search (not more than 30 days old)
  9. structural drawings prepared by a Professional Engineer
  10. demolition and construction sites require a Fire Safety Plan

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

Request to Cancel Permit 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

For Traffic Management Plan application and information, please visit:

Traffic Management Plan

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.

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

Application Forms & Documents

Registered Owner's Authorization Form

Request to Cancel Permit Form


Building: Single Family

Single Family Dwelling and Duplex Permit Application and Checklist

Single Family and Duplex Zones: Summary of Zoning Regulations

BC Building Code


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

Required Document for Final (non-single-family dwelling)

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

Inspections for Commercial Tenant Improvements

Owner's Acknowledgement for Part 3 Buildings

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 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)

Fire Safety Plan (Required for Demolition & Construction Sites)

 

Mechanical Ventilation

Mechanical Ventilation Checklist

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

 

Insurance Declaration Form

Declaration of Insurance Coverage for Registered Professionals

 

Drainage

Drainage Requirements

 

Stormwater Management Plan Submission

Stormwater Management Plan Submission Guidelines

 

Traffic Management Plan

Traffic Management Plan

 

Interface Fire Safety Guidelines

High-Risk Work During Extreme Fire Danger Ratings

Energy Step Code

Building Permit applications made on or after July 1 must include a performance modelling report along with construction details that show how the proposed house will comply with Step 3 of the BC Energy Step Code.

Learn more

contact

We are still open for business and here to accept new applications and documents for existing applications electronically. 

Permits & Inspections Department

Staff are here to assist you by phone, Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

604-925-7040

For general inquiries:

[email protected]

Email applications and documents to:

[email protected]

Staff Contacts

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