Building permits are required for any new construction, alteration, addition or demolition of a structure in the Regional District of Nanaimo Electoral Areas. A registered owner or agent for the owner may apply for the building permit. Only complete applications will be accepted for processing.
Please ensure you have all the required documents and information before bringing in your building permit application. Only complete applications will be accepted for processing.
Two site plans, complete with side, front and rear setbacks, lot coverage, access and driveway locations, setbacks to adjacent watercourses and all existing buildings located on site. (Site plan preferred on 8 1/2 x 11" paper and not accepted on graph paper)
Two complete sets (graph paper not accepted) of scaled plans ( 1/4" = 1' ) that include the following:
Windows and doors sizes
Structural details, ie: beam size, joist and truss direction and all construction details
Floor Plans with all rooms and spaces labelled for use
Roof truss / rafter layout & manufactured floor system or beam layout with factored loads.
(NOTE: Engineers certification will be required for structural components exceeding the limits of Part 9 of the Building Code, and/or foundation with factored loads exceeding 9,000 lbs)
Seismic with lateral bracing details (excluding single story detached garages)
Mechanical Ventilation check-list
Plumbing Declaration form
Letter of Authorization form, if permit will be issued to someone other than the property owner
Proof of Filing for Sewerage System with Island Health Authority (if not connected to municipal system)
A BC Land Survey Certificate may be required if proposed construction is within 1 ft of allowable height. This certificate may show existing grading elevations, proposed building location and/or construction height
Hazardous Materials Report form for demolition or alteration of buildings built prior to 1990
An HPO Owner Builder Authorization or Licensed Residential Builder Registration, for new homes (www.hpo.bc.ca)
Sustainable Development Guide – use this guide with the Sustainable Development Checklist as a resource on how to optimize the performance of your building while minimizing its impact on the natural environment.