View the tabs below to find application forms, guiding documents, and learn about the application process.
The District is currently facing unprecedented levels of new building permit applications and customers are advised to expect delays. Learn what the District has done to streamline the process and what you can expect after submitting a building permit application at westvancouver.ca/building-permit-update.
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.
Amend Zoning Bylaw No. 4662, 2010 to add financial services and nail salons to the list of uses which, combined, must not occupy more than 20% of the width of the ground (sidewalk level) floor of each block face within the AC1 zone, and to add the same limits in the AC2 and C2 zones in Ambleside and Dundarave; and
Bring forward to Council any building permit and business license applications that might conflict with these proposed zoning amendments, so that Council can consider withholding permits and licenses as authorized by Section 463 of the Local Government Act.
This would not impact business license renewals or building permit applications for existing businesses. Please contact Permits and Inspections Department staff if you have questions about whether this would apply to your application.
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:
All new Commercial Buildings.
If the proposed work includes a use that is subject to the Development Permit Area.
If the proposed work includes changes to the exterior building form and character.
The following circumstance will require an Environmental Development Permit:
Any construction within 15 m of the top of the bank of a watercourse.
STEP 2 – Complete the Building Permit Application Form
STEP 4 – Ensure all documents and drawings are prepared for electronic submission
The District is accepting electronic applications only (hard copy applications may be requested depending on the scope of work and project size).
Documents and drawings must be formatted to the below requirements or they will not be accepted:
Documents and drawings are set to high resolution and legible.
All documents must be submitted in PDF format and to scale.
Plans/drawings with multiple pages must be combined into a single electronic document.
Documents and drawings must be saved individually by discipline. Do not combine.
Documents and drawings must be named accordingly.
Documents containing multiple layers must be flattened to a single layer.
File size must not be reduced.
Any document required to be sealed by registered professionals must be digitally sealed with an encrypted seal (Notarius software). Wet seals or photocopied seals and signatures will not be accepted.
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.
File must be unsecured and not password protected.
If scanning hard copies, scan at 300 DPI, colour, PDF.
Do not photograph documents.
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:
A valid email address.
All application forms, documents, and drawings required must be prepared as per our above requirements and ready for upload.
The person you have specified as the applicant on your application form must be the same individual making this online submission.
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.
Fees & Charges
Visit the link below for details about fees for building permits and inspections.
The BC Energy Step Code is a provincial standard that aims to create healthier, more energy-efficient and comfortable new buildings. It does so by establishing measurable performance-based energy-efficiency requirements for new construction.