Building permits are required for new construction and many addition and renovation projects as well. A permit is also required for the demolition of buildings and structures.
You will need a Building or Plumbing Permit when you wish to:
construct a new building, including temporary and farm buildings;
renovate a building (see note below regarding renovation);
construct an addition to a building;
alter the interior of a building, including finishing a basement;
move a building;
demolish a building (see note below regarding building demolition);
change the use or occupancy of a building;
create a secondary suite;
install a mobile home in a Mobile Home Park;
install a modular home on a lot;
build a fireplace,
install a new drainage or water piping system in a building;
alter or remodel a plumbing system;
install a fire sprinkler system;
install a fire alarm system; or,
install a swimming pool.
For building renovation and demolition of any pre-1991 structure, a pre-renovation/demolition hazardous materials survey (assessment) should be performed in accordance with OHS Regulation 20.112. Click here to view the WorkSafeBC bulletin regarding asbestos in demolition.
Click here for information regarding disposal of building demolition material at the RDCK landfill sites.