Building Inspection & Permitting

Building InspectionBuilding Inspection & Permitting ensures the health, safety and protection of persons and property by confirming that buildings and their systems conform to relevant bylaws, the BC Building Code and other applicable standards.

Building Permits

A Building Permit is required when you:

  • construct a new building;
  • add to an existing building.
  • change the occupancy of an existing building (for example, from office to retail);
  • make interior renovations that may impact the direction of travel to an exit;
  • repair a building envelope;
  • demolish or move a building;
  • enclose your carport or change your garage to living space;
  • add or relocate plumbing, fire alarm or fire sprinklers;
  • pave a parking area where a storm drainage system is required;
  • finish an existing basement;
  • install a swimming pool;
  • locate or add to a mobile home; and
  • locate a temporary building.

Please note that a detached accessory building less than 10 square metres (107 square feet) in area that is built on a property with a single family dwelling is exempt from requiring a Building Permit, but must still meet zoning requirements found within the "Accessory Structures - Structures and Uses" section of the Town's Land Use Bylaw [PDF - 997 KB].

Building Inspection Services

The Building Inspector provides general information pertaining to the administration of the BC Building Code and other relevant standards. The Building Inspector can provide practical information on construction, plumbing, woodstove installation and other building systems. For more information, please contact the Building Inspector.

The Building Inspector reviews building plans, specifications and associated documents to confirm compliance with the BC Building Code, the Town's Building Bylaw, and other applicable standards. The Inspector issues building permits and collects applicable securities. Once a permit has been issued, the site is visited at scheduled points during construction to ensure that construction conforms to the approved plans and conditions of the building permit and the requirements of the BC Building Code. To book an inspection, please contact the Town's Building Inspections at 250-708-2256

The successful completion of the permit process results in the building receiving final approval. This building permit becomes part of the permanent record in the property file. This information is important to future property owners since it assures them that the work was done in accordance with applicable zoning, health and life-safety regulations.

Gas & Electrical Inspection Services

The BC Safety Authority is an independent, self-funded organization that is authorized to administer the provincial Safety Standards Act which regulates various safety-related equipment and systems, including those for electrical and gas.

For electrical and gas permits and inspections, please contact the BC Safety Authority at 250-952-4444 or visit their website.