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Building Permitting and Inspections Frequently Asked Questions

Building Inspection FAQ's

To book a building inspection call 250-960-4400 with your building permit number, type of inspection required and what date you would like the inspection. We require 24-48 hours notice to book inspections. You can book an inspection Monday to Friday, 8:00 to 5:00.
Inspections are done Monday to Friday between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm. You can request a morning inspection which will mean an inspector will be at your location between 10:00-12:30 or afternoon which will mean an inspector will be at your location between 12:00-3:00.
For a complete list of required building inspections please see the Schedule of inspections.
Please contact the Northern Health Authority.
Farm buildings (low human occupancy) used for farm purposes, constructed on properties with agricultural zoning and farm status under the Assessment Act are exempt from permit requirements. Owners must still comply with the requirements of the National Farm Building Code and the zoning regulations for property.
You may call (250)960-4400 and speak with a Service Centre staff member. The Service Centre will be able to answer your question or re-direct your call to the appropriate staff member.
Building permits are required for any new construction, alteration or addition to a structure in a Regional District of Fraser-Fort George.
If the deck structure is 2ft. or greater in height or connected to another structure setbacks must be met and a building permit is required. If you are unsure about a specific project, contact our office.
Sheds that are one story and maximum of 10 sq. m. (107.6 sq. ft.) do not require a Building Permit. Minimum setbacks to property lines apply and depend on which Zone the shed is located in. Larger sheds do require a permit.
To apply for a building permit you must bring in all the information required on and described on this page.
Please contact the Planning Services for specific information at 250-960-4400.
Please contact the Planning Department (250-960-4400) to discuss your zoning regulations.
To obtain copies of building inspection records for a specific property that you do not currently own, you can complete a request for information form and submit it to the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George. Make sure to include what information you require. Please see Freedom of Information pages for more information.
The building permit fee is based on the true value of construction, including material and labour as determined by the Building Inspection staff.  Permits are calculated at $100 for the first $1,000 true value and $6 for every extra $1000.  For example: A $20,000 detached garage will cost $214 for the permit.
You will pay for your building permit when you pick it up after the building inspector completes a plan review. Permit fees shall be paid by way of cash, cheque, Visa, MasterCard, debit or money order payable to the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George.
Once a permit is issued, it remains valid for three years, subject to the first inspection being made within 6 months from permit issue date and at least one inspection occurring per year. All permits expire three years after the date of issuance. Under some conditions, permits can be renewed with a processing fee, to allow the builder to complete the project over an extended period of time.

You may obtain a copy of the current BC Building Code from a local book retailer or you may order a copy from The Queens Printer. You can also purchase an online version of the code through Queens Printer.

The local library may have a copy for viewing purposes.

Building Inspectors are generally available Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 10:00 am and 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm in the Prince George office.  For the Robson Valley Region please click here.
The bottom of footings must be 4' below finish grade.