News Release - October 3, 2017

RDN Doing Its Part to Support Local Economic Development

Spring is typically the busiest period for construction activity. This year was no different in the Regional District of Nanaimo, with 25% more permit applications received than in the same period in 2016. There are many local benefits when construction activity is booming for the region. The RDN is pleased to be doing their part to ensure permits are approved in a timely fashion as well as planning ahead to improve service and move towards innovate solutions to streamline processes.

"It is an exciting time in our region as building activity is reflective of strong economic growth," said RDN Board Chair Bill Veenhof. "I am proud of the RDN Planning Team who have implemented programs and enablers that have resulted in reduced permit waiting times in a period of significantly increased demand."

Overall, the region has experienced continued growth during the past three years at a level higher than the provincial average in the residential sector, both in terms of permit volumes and construction values. Building activity is an indicator of the strength and diversity of the economy within the region.

Future process improvements are also planned to support the RDN’s strategic priority to focus on service and organization excellence and deliver efficient, effective and economically viable services that meet the needs of the Region.

More information on the Building Permit process, fees and how to book inspections online please visit www.rdn.bc.ca/building-inspection-services.

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Tom Armet
Manager, Building & Bylaw Services
Regional District of Nanaimo