Building Inspection / The Building Permit Process

The 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 or architect, a development permit, a variance permit, or other information. You will be contacted as soon as possible regarding any additional information that is required.

Permit Processing time:

We are committed to processing all permit applications as quickly as possible. Therefore only complete applications will be accepted. For residential construction (new houses, additions, alterations and accessory buildings, etc.) the processing time can be 1 to 2 weeks, depending on the time of year and volume of permits. Complex permits processing times are project dependent.

Building Permits may be issued when:

  • All required documentation has been submitted and reviewed
  • The proposed work substantially conforms with the current building code, building bylaw and any other applicable Regional District regulations
  • All the fees are paid
  • The owner has retained a professional engineer or architect if required
  • The owner has been granted Development Permit/Development Variance Permit if required

Building Permit Duration:

The application remains active for 6 months from application date (applications are deemed to be abandoned after 6 months if all required documents are not received). Once a permit is issued, it remains valid subject to the following requirements:

  • the first inspection must be within 6 months from the permit issue date and
  • at least one inspection occurring per year

All permits expire three years after the date of issue; however it is possible to extend a permit for the remaining work (for an additional fee).


*** No construction is permitted to take place prior to issuance of a Building Permit ***