When is a building permit NOT required?

If a construction project involves no structural changes and no relocation or installation of new plumbing fixtures, then no building permit or plumbing permit is required. In addition, certain types of structures will be exempt, including:

  • One storey accessory buildings that are under 10m2 in size, are not used for habitation, and do not create a hazard
  • Non-structural repairs such as window replacements (same size windows), roof updates, kitchen renovations with no movement of plumbing fixtures, finishing of basement with flooring and non-structural (not including creation of secondary suite)
  • Patios, decks or balconies that are less than 2 feet (0.61m) off the ground
  • Repairs or minor alterations to the plumbing system or fixtures that do not affect the venting or sewerage system
  • Landscaping retaining walls below 1.22 m in height that do not support loads created by buildings or parking areas
  • Construction of, utility poles and towers and public infrastructure systems (as identified in Section of the BC Building Code
  • Un-modified CSA Z240 RV or un-modified CSA Z241 Park Model

Anyone who is unsure whether a project requires a permit is encouraged to contact the Building Department at 888-248-2773 or 250-832-8194 or email the Building Department.

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1. Do I need a building permit for a cannabis production facility?
2. Do I need a building permit for a farm building?
3. How do Building Inspections protect the public health and safety?
4. How do I arrange a Building Inspection?
5. How does an owner apply for a building permit?
6. How will inspections be carried out in remote locations throughout in EA B, EA C and EA E?
7. In what new Electoral Areas (EAs) are Building Permits (BPs) required?
8. Is a building permit required for a structure that is under construction when the service takes effect?
9. What are the building permit fees?
10. What can I do if I am concerned about my neighbor who may be constructing without a building permit?
11. What days will inspections be available in our area?
12. What do the new six inspections cover?
13. What happens in EA F if my current BP that was issued under the previous Building Regulation Bylaw No. 630 expires and is renewed after the new Building Bylaw No. 660 is effective March 5, 2018?
14. What is a Site Disclosure Statement?
15. What is Building Inspection?
16. What is the building permit process?
17. What is the time period between issuance and expiry of a building permit?
18. What other permits (in addition to a building permit) may be required?
19. When did the Building Inspection service start in Electoral Area C? When did it start in Electoral Areas B and E? When did it start in Electoral Area F?
20. When is a building permit NOT required?
21. When is a building permit required?
22. Where can I find information on the BC Building Code?
23. Why are six inspections required?