Building Permits - Certified Professional Program

The Certified Professional (CP) Program is an alternative building permit process in which a Certified Professional who is recognized as a CP by the Architectural Institute of British Columbia and Engineers and Geoscientist BC performs the full building review and inspection role on behalf of the District. As part of this process the CP verifies the design will substantially comply and the construction of the project will substantially conform with the building code, other applicable safety enactments, and the related development permit.

For information, please refer to the Certified Professional Program Insert.

Important updates
  • BC Energy Step Code will be effective February 28, 2021, visit westvancouver.ca/step
  • The District has adopted a Wildfire Hazard Development Permit Area. To determine whether this will impact your building permit application, visit westvancouver.ca/wildfire-dpa.
  • 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. All fees may be paid online.
Application process

STEP 1 – Obtain any required Development & Environmental Development Permits

In some cases, a separate Development or Environmental Development Permit is required before a commercial building permit application can be submitted. Visit the Planning & Development webpage for more details.

The following circumstances will require a Development Permit:

  1. Construction of new commercial and multi-family buildings.
  2. If the proposed work includes a use that is subject to the Development Permit Area.

The following circumstances will require an Environmental Development Permit:

  1. Any construction within 15m of the top of the bank of a watercourse.
  2. Construction of new multi-family dwelling within the Wildfire Hazard Development Permit Area.

Step 2 - Complete the Building Permit Application Form

Certified Professional Program Building Permit Application Form

STEP 3 – Prepare your application package with all required documents and drawings

Applicants must submit all necessary documentation at the time of submission. Incomplete submissions will not be accepted.

CP Program building permit applications must include all items on the CP Program Building Permit Application Checklist.

CP Program Building Permit Application Checklist​

STEP 4 – Ensure all documents and drawings are prepared for electronic submission

The District is accepting electronic applications only.

Documents and drawings must be formatted to the below requirements or they will not be accepted:

  1. Documents and drawings are set to high resolution and legible
  2. All documents must be submitted in PDF format and to scale.
  3. Plans/Drawings with multiple pages must be combined into a single Electronic Document
  4. Documents and Drawings must be saved individually by discipline. Do not combine multiple checklist items into one PDF
  5. Documents and Drawings must be named accordingly.
    ​Examples:
  • Structural Schedule B
  • Architectural Drawings
  • BC Corporate Search
  1. Documents containing multiple layers must be flattened to a single layer
  2. File size must not be reduced
  3. Any document required to be sealed by Registered Professionals must be digitally sealed with encrypted seal (Notarius software). Wet seals or photocopied seals and signatures will not be accepted.
  4. Do not enable the “Certify” check box under “Advance Options” in the signature dialogue box when applying digital signature with the ConsignO software suite. This will prevent the District from applying subsequent stamps or seals. 
  5. File must be unsecured and not password protected

STEP 5 – Submit your application request

As of April 15, 2021 Applications must now be submitted using the Document Upload Centre. Emailed submissions will not be accepted.

In order to use this service, you will require the following:

  1. A valid email address. 
  2. All application forms, documents, and drawings required must be prepared as per our above requirements and ready for upload.
  3. The person you have specified as the applicant on your application form must be the same individual making this online submission.

Ready to submit? Click on the link below

Document Upload Centre

STEP 6 – Application pre-screen

Once you have completed your application request via the Document Upload Centre, District staff will pre-screen your submission to ensure that you have submitted all the required documents. You will be contacted within three to four business days from the time of your submission with further instructions.  Incomplete applications will be rejected.

STEP 7 – Application fee payment

If your application request is accepted, you will be required to pay an application fee. You will be contacted by a Building Clerk with an invoice and instruction for online payment.

For details regarding fees and charges, see the section below.

Contact

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]

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