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.
STEP 1 – Obtain any required Development & Environmental Development Permits
In some cases, a separate Development or Environmental Development Permit is required before a multi-family building permit application can be submitted. Visit the Planning & Development webpage for more details.
The following circumstances will require a Development Permit:
If the proposed work includes a use that is subject to a Development Permit Area
If the proposed work requires a Zoning Amendment
If the proposed work includes changes to the exterior building form and character
Construction of new multi-family dwelling
The following circumstances will require an Environmental Development Permit:
Any construction within 15 m of the top of the bank of a watercourse.
Construction of a new multi-family dwelling within the Wildfire Hazard Development Permit Area.
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.
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 multiple checklist items into one PDF
Documents and Drawings must be named accordingly.
Structural Schedule B
BC Corporate Search
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 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
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.
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