Evacuation Orders and Alerts remain in place for some properties in the Shuswap due to the Bush Creek East Wildfire. Many Development Services staff were engaged in emergency operations. Most of these staff have moved back to their regular positions, but delays with processing building permits and planning applications may occur due to this emergency.
At the September 14, 2023, CSRD Board Meeting, a unanimous vote approved a temporary moratorium on building inspection and building permit issuance within the study boundaries. Read more...
If you plan to build in a wildfire-affected area, there may be some specific information available to your situation at the new RecoverShuswap.ca website.
Building in the CSRD
Building regulations vary across the CSRD, depending on which Electoral Area you live. Some areas have full Building Regulation and Inspection, others do not.
If you are looking to access building plans, please fill out this online Building Plan Request form.
You can find more information on whether you need a building permit at the Building Regulation and Inspection Page.
Once you have a building permit, use this form to request a building inspection.
CSRD Building Inspectors conduct reviews of all building permit applications for conformance with BC Building Code requirements, development bylaws, and other related regulations in the areas where these regulations apply.
If you live in an area where building permits are required, here is a guide below to help you determine if you need a permit or not. If in doubt, contact our Development Services team at 250-832-8194 or by email.
- Construct a new building, add to an existing building or building a deck over 2ft above grade
- Install solar panels or adding a roof to an entry or deck
- Enclose your carport or changing your garage to a living space
- Structural changes. Ex. removing a load bearing wall or adding/ widening the size of a door/window
- Install insulation or vapour barrier to an exterior wall
- Add or relocate plumbing
- Finish a basement or converting a space to a bedroom
- Add a secondary suite or new kitchen
- Make interior renovations that may impact travel to an exit
- Add or move a wood stove or other solid fuel-burning appliance
- Construct an accessory building less than or equal to 10m2. Check setbacks!
- Replace roofing (ex. shingles), with no changes to structure
- Add or replace siding
- Replace windows with the same width
- Add insulation to an attic
- Replace plumbing fixtures
- Install drywall or other finishing
- Replace kitchen cabinets
- Replace flooring
Find out more about building regulations in the CSRD including where building permits are required and how to obtain one.
Here's where you can find all the application forms, helpful checklists and other information you may need when building or renovating.
Find out the status of your building permit by using our mapping tool to access locations and data for current building applications.
If you have purchased a home that already has a civic address you should contact the CSRD office to confirm the correct number for the dwelling. Residents in the process of building a new dwelling can obtain a civic address.
The CSRD and its GIS department maintains a wide variety of data to support informed decision making.