Single Family & Duplex

When do I need a building permit?

A building permit is required for the construction of:

  • a new home or to install/place a manufactured home
  • a new accessory building
  • an addition to an existing dwelling, accessory building, or manufactured home
  • any interior work such as partitions, etc.
  • a sundeck, porch or roof
  • a retaining wall more than 1.2 m (4 ft) in height

Important: Effective May 1, 2023, Step 3 of the BC Energy Step Code is in effect across British Columbia for new construction of Part 9 buildings, including residential and small commercial and industrial buildings. Builders in TNRD Electoral Areas can use the prescriptive alternative to meet Step 3 energy efficiency requirements. For more information, click here.

How long does it take to obtain a permit?

Permit applications are received on a first come, first serve basis. We are committed to a 3 to 5 week processing time period for complete applications, dependent on seasonal levels of construction and development.

Application for a Residential Building Permit

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