A Building Permit is required when you...
A Building Permit is required when you:
- Construct any new building or structure
- Construct a new accessory building
- Make alterations, additions or repairs to an existing building or structure
- Complete a previously unfinished area in an existing building, (e.g., a recreation room or bathroom)
- Make interior structural renovations
- Demolish or relocate a building or structure
- Locate or relocate a manufactured or mobile home on a lot
- Remodel or construct a deck
- Construct a swimming pool
- Install or alter plumbing within a building or structure or on a property
- Connect to a municipal sanitary or storm sewer system
- Install a new chimney or fireplace
- Enclose your carport
- Install solar panels
- Change the use/occupancy of an existing building, (i.e., from office to retail)
This is not a comprehensive list. If you are unsure whether your project will require a permit, please call Building Inspection Services at 250-390-6530, 250-954-3809 or 1-877-607-4111.
You may not start any stage of a project, including demolition or excavation until a building permit has been obtained.
A Building Permit is not required for:
- Installing cupboards
- Roofing repairs or replacements (providing that no structural changes are made)
- Exterior finish repair or replacement (e.g., stucco or siding, providing that no structural changes are made)
- Landscaping or sidewalks
- Fences less than 2 meters in height
- Retaining structures less than 1.0 metres in height, that retain less than 1.0 metre of earth
- Buildings (e.g., a storage shed) less than 10 square metres in size, using exterior wall measurements (note: even though a permit is not required, the structure must still comply with zoning regulations with respect to setbacks and height)
- Farm Buildings on land designated for agricultural use and with farm status under the Assessment Act (note: farm buildings must comply with the requirements of the National Farm Building Code and the applicable zoning regulations [e.g., setbacks] for the property)
NOTE: A detached accessory building less than 10 sq m (107 sq ft) using exterior wall measurements and built on properties containing a single-family dwelling is exempt from requiring a building permit, but must still meet setback requirements specified in the Zoning Bylaw.
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