Building Permits - Single Family & Duplex

View the tabs below to find application forms, guiding documents, and learn about the application process.

Changes to the Zoning Bylaw resulting from the work of the Neighbourhood Character Working Group are effective as of January 31, 2022. See the Zoning Bylaw webpage for the consolidated version now in effect.

For more information please review the Important Updates tab.

Important updates
  • 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
  • On July 27, 2021, Council adopted Zoning Bylaw amendments that became effective on January 31, 2022. For the consolidated version of the Zoning Bylaw now in effect, please see the Zoning Bylaw webpage. Additionally, links are provided below that show the amendments compared to the existing bylaw wording. These documents are not bylaws and are provided for convenience only. For any questions regarding these changes please contact [email protected].
    Section 110 - Definitions
    Section 120 - General Regulations
    Section 130 - General Regulations for Single Family and Duplex Development
    Section 140 - Parking
    Section 200 - Single Family Zones
  • The Certified Professional Program has been adopted. For further details, visit westvancouver.ca/certified-professional.
  • BC Energy Step Code is effective February 28, 2021. For further details, 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 single family or duplex building permit application can be submitted. Visit the Planning & Development webpage for more details.

The following circumstances may require a Development Permit:

  1. If the proposed work includes a use that is subject to a Development Permit Area
  2. If the proposed work requires a Zoning Amendment
  3. Construction of a new coach house (some exemptions apply). For further
    information please go to the coach house regulations web page
  4. Construction of new duplex

The following circumstance will require an Environmental Development Permit:

  1. Any construction within 15 m of the top of the bank of a watercourse.
  2. Construction of a NEW Single Family Dwelling or Coach House within the Wildfire Hazard Development Permit Area. 

STEP 2 – Complete the Building Permit Application Form

Demolition Permit Application

Building Permit Application Form and Checklist for Single-Family and Duplex Dwellings

Please note that if you are demolishing an existing dwelling and building a NEW dwelling, these are two separate permits and you must therefore provide both of the above-listed application forms.

Summary of Zoning Variances (this document is only required for Building Permit Applications that need to be reviewed by the Board of Variance)

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.

All single-family dwelling/duplex building permit applications, regardless of scope, must include the following items:

  1. Completed building permit application form
  2. Title search with copies of all covenants, easements, rights of way and any other encumbrances (not more than 30 days old).
  3. Registered Owner’s Authorization Form (if applicant other than the registered owner)

Refer to the following checklists for required items pertaining to specific scopes of work. Please note, these are intended as guides and additional items may be required.

  • NEW Single Family Dwelling coming soon
  • NEW Duplex coming soon
  • NEW Coach House coming soon
  • NEW Pool coming soon
  • NEW Garage/Carport coming soon
  • Separate Demolition coming soon
  • NEW Attached Secondary Suite coming soon
  • Interior Renovation only coming soon
  • Addition to Existing dwelling coming soon
  • Repair to Existing dwelling coming soon
  • New Retaining Wall coming soon

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
  • Stormwater Management Drawings
  • Traffic Management Application Form
  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.

Fees & Charges

Visit the link below for details about fees for building permits and inspections.

Fees & Charges

Submitting additional documents and revisions

Visit the webpage below to for instructions on submitting additional documents and revisions.

Submitting additional documents and revisions

Building Procedures & Bylaws

Visit the webpage below to view building regulations, bylaws, and snow load information.

Building Procedures & Bylaws

Energy Step Code

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.

Step Code

Additional forms & documents

Visit the webpage below for a list of additional forms and documents.

Additional forms & documents

Building Permit application update

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.

Building Permit Update

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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