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No. Addresses must be assigned by the Cowichan Valley Regional District to ensure the correct civic is assigned and agencies such as E-911 are properly notified.
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When a building permit is applied for through the Cowichan Valley Regional District, it is sent to the GIS department to assign a civic address. The GIS department uses an address grid that encompasses the entire region to ensure addresses are assigned consecutively and in an order that is easy to understand.
Occupancy will only be granted if you have your valid civic address posted.
Roads within the Cowichan Valley Regional District fall under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Transportation, Highways and Infrastructure. To verify your road name, contact the Ministry of Transportation at (250) 387-3198. For maintenance issues or hazards on the roadway, visit Highway Maintenance Contractors Public Contact Numbers web page.
The method for receiving a water access address is the same as that of a land access address (applying for a building permit through the CVRD Building department). Water access houses should have the addresses clearly posted so that passing boats can easily locate it, such as on the dock.
Provide a map of your property to the service provider using our interactive web map. If your address is incorrect or not shown on our web map, please contact the CVRD GIS staff via email or 250.746.2500 ext 2221.
Yes. One address should be assigned to each residence on your lot. Additional civic addresses will be given out once the building inspector has determined the house is habitable and does not contravene the zoning regulations.
The Ministry of Transportation, Highways and Infrastructure approves road names within the Cowichan Valley Regional District. As part of the subdivision application procedure, the developer will be asked to provide 3+ road names that will be checked against the current road inventory for uniqueness. If the road name exists within the CVRD or a surrounding jurisdiction, the road name will be denied and the developer will have to submit other options.
Addresses are assigned based on an addressing grid that covers the entire CVRD. While we understand some address numbers may not be desirable, they are assigned to ensure yours and your neighbours' safety.
In rare circumstances, the CVRD may change or reassign civic addresses to correct inaccuracies or make room for new subdivisions. In these circumstances, the CVRD will notify all affected owners.