Building Permit Process

Once a building permit application has been accepted, it goes through several stages of review before it is ready to be issued. These reviews typically include addressing, planning, zoning and building code compliance. At any of these stages it is possible for other issues to arise that may require additional information or documentation such as a need for a professional engineer, a development permit, a variance permit, a height survey or other information. You will be contacted as soon as possible regarding any additional information that is required.

The following describes the average building permit process:

  1. Speak with Planning staff to determine if your project will trigger a Development Permit or require a Development Variance Permit. It's also a good idea to check your setbacks and height restrictions.
  2. Submit all documents in one complete package. See here for a list of general requirements.
  3. Application is referred to GIS for addressing, Planning for land use restrictions, and Engineering for servicing fees.
  4. The Building Official will review your application for compliance with the BC Building Code.
  5. The Building Official will conduct a site visit.
  6. Once the building permit has satisfied all BC Building Code requirements and Land Use Bylaw requirements, the permit is issued. Please keep in mind: your permit package must be on site and your Building Permit placard must be visible from the road throughout the duration of the building permit process.
  7. Fees are due.

The following describes the average inspections required through the building permit process:

  1. Footing: All form and falsework must be completed and inspected before any concrete is placed. Engineered foundations are inspected after the Engineer has done the field review. 
  2. Perimeter Drains: Foundation walls must be damp-proofed and the drain tile in place with drain rock installed. Rain water leaders must be strapped to the foundation every 1.2 metres. 
  3. Underslab Plumbing: Complete all underslab plumbing and leave visible for inspection. Drain-waste-vent (DWV) piping must be loaded and subjected to 3 metres of head pressure. 
  4. Rough Plumbing: Rough-in plumbing, including potable water (domestic) piping, must be complete. Domestic water lines will be pressure tested. DWV will be under test. 
  5. Chimney: Inspection of the chimney. Certified Wood Energy Technology Transfer professional to have reviewed prior to inspection. 
  6. Brace Wall: Inspection of the nailing of exterior sheathing is done prior to the installation of sheathing membranes. All braced wall panel locations to be clearly marked out on the interior and exterior. 
  7. Framing: Weather tight and all rough-in by subtrades completed. British Columbia Land Surveyors (BCLS) Survey to be submitted (where applicable) with the Engineer field review required at time of inspection (where applicable). Exterior windows and doors must be installed and the installation of sheathing membranes completed. 
  8. Rainscreen/Envelope: Also known as a "pre-cladding" or "pre-siding" inspection where we review window and door installation, flashing, bug screen, building wrap and rainscreen.
  9. Insulation: Insulation and vapour barrier are to be complete prior to inspection. No drywall may be placed (except for fire blocks) prior to inspection. All fan ducts must be connected and terminate at exterior. 
  10. Final: When the dwelling is completed and ready for occupancy. This inspection must be passed before the building may be occupied. The exterior of the building must be complete, including all stairs, decks, handrails, porches, and exterior finishes. Address numbers must be posted in a prominent location and the interior must meet all health and safety requirements. Final site grading is to be complete. Please ensure that all necessary documentation has been submitted.