Last Updated: Sept. 24, 2020
With construction considered an essential service in B.C., the City of Coquitlam has introduced a number of temporary measures to help keep construction and housing projects on track while continuing to support public health.
In addition to the measures detailed below, the City offers a number of online eServices to support business transactions with the City.
Coquitlam has temporarily relaxed its sign regulations to help businesses more easily publicize key information related to the pandemic.
The temporary exemptions will mean businesses do not need to apply for a sign permit, pay fees or adhere to limits on the sign area (excluding sandwich board signs), time period and number of temporary signs that provide pandemic-related information such as:
The temporary signs may not be used to advertise products, services or pricing, and businesses are expected to keep the signs organized, maintained in a professional manner and installed safely.
Sandwich boards must remain on the business property and are not permitted on sidewalks or other public rights-of-way unless approved through a formal sign application.
The temporary exemptions will be revisited at the end of 2021.
The City has established a simple, expedited process to help Coquitlam businesses set up temporary patios and outdoor spaces to help support their business recovery during the pandemic. Visit the program page for additional information including the application guidelines and FAQs. Or contact us for more information.
Council has directed staff to not enforce the current permitted times for construction noise in in the Noise Bylaw from:
This temporary extension is only for sites strictly adhering to all Provincial Health Officer orders and protocols.
The City has not altered the Noise Bylaw but has instead directed Bylaw Enforcement Officers, Building Inspectors and the Construction Site Officers to not enforce the hours as noted above.
Building plans examination is continuing, with a focus on existing in-stream applications. As of April 1, the City is accepting new Building Permit submissions by paper or digitally for:
For major Building and Plumbing Permit applications, please contact your File Manager to discuss prior to submission. See the section on digital and paper submission options for more information.
Inspections are continuing and inspectors are working remotely as much as possible. Applicants are encouraged to book their inspections online.
To ensure staff safety and appropriate physical distancing, we have implemented the following guidelines:
Customers registered in the EPLan program can continue as they have in the past. All EPlan documents will be delivered to customers via email.
Those not registered in the EPlan program are encouraged to arrange for digital application after speaking to their File Manager or the Building Front Counter Supervisor at 604-927-3962.
The City encourages applicants to submit small documents digitally by emailing Planning and Development or your File Manager directly.
Submit through the City’s file transfer service, Coquitlam QFile:
To re-submit documents for the existing project, see our video tutorial.
The City is able to accept courier deliveries/pick-up of applications, drawing packages and cheques. Packages must be labeled with the Department name, File Manager name, PROJ Number , and site address.