Building Inspection / When is a Permit Required


Building permits are required to:

  • Construct any new building or structure
  • Construct a new accessory building over 10 m2
  • Make alternations, additions or repairs to an existing building or structure
  • Locate or relocate a manufactured or mobile home on a lot
  • Remodel or construct a deck attached to another building
  • Construct a free standing deck more than 24" above finished grade
  • Install or alter plumbing within a building or structure
  • Install a new chimney or fireplace
  • Install a wood stove, fireplace insert or solid fuel burning appliance
  • Enclose your carport or change your garage to living space
  • Change the use/occupancy of an existing building (i.e. from storage to residential)
  • Demolish or relocate a building or structure. More regarding Demolition in the Regional District.

This is not a comprehensive list. If you are unsure whether your project will require a permit, please call Building Inspection Services at 250-960-4400

Building Permits are not required for: 

  • Fences 
  • Roof repairs or replacements ( providing that no structural changes are made)
  • Landscaping or side walks
  • Buildings (i.e. sheds or greenhouses) less than 10 square meters in size. 
  • Existing masonry chimneys or fire places
  • Fabric covered temporary parking structures with a capacity of two passenger vehicles or less
  • Repair or replacement of existing plumbing fixtures that do not effect the venting or sewage system 

NOTE: A detached accessory building less than 10 m2 (107.6 ft2) is exempt from requiring a Building Permit, but must still meet setback requirements specified in the Zoning Bylaw.

If you are unsure whether your project will require a permit, please contact Building Inspection Services 250-960-4400