Building & Construction

Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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.  

Planning and Development Service Updates

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COVID-19 Temporary Measures

  1. Temporary Relaxing of Sign Rules
  2. Temporary Outdoor Business Spaces
  3. Temporary Noise Bylaw Extension
  4. Building Permits
  5. Building Inspections
  6. EPlan
  7. Development Applications
  8. Digital Submission & QFile File Transfer
  9. Courier Deliveries & Pick-up
  10. Payments

Relaxed Sign Rules to Support Businesses During COVID-19

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:

  • Hours of operation, closures and reopenings;
  • Directional information to ensure physical distancing;
  • Best practices to limit the spread of COVID-19, such as use of masks;
  • Changes of services or inventory; and
  • Phone numbers and website addresses.

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.

Building on My Property

The Building Permits Division is responsible for ensuring that buildings are healthy and safe for people. The Division is also available to provide education and assistance prior to building or making changes to your property. 

Find important information on:

  • Obtaining building permits and inspections
  • Building and Construction Bulletins which are updates and advisories to help you interpret building, electrical, and trades’ bylaws, as well as City processes and regulations
  • Zoning and Property Information
  • Key City Bylaws related to building on your property
  • Building a Secondary Suite
  • Permit Fees (PDF)

Building Bylaw

The Building Bylaw regulates the construction, alteration, repair, demolition or moving of buildings and pools and the installation, alteration or repair of plumbing, sprinkler and heating and gas systems in the City of Coquitlam.

Noise Bylaw - Construction

Regular Hours:

  • Monday to Friday – 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Saturdays – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Restricted Hours:

  • Sunday and Holidays – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday and Holiday hours are permitted for not for profit construction only (such as a homeowner building a deck).

Owners and professional builders constructing new homes through BC Housing’s Licensing and Consumer Services are deemed to be working for profit or gain and are therefore prohibited from creating construction noise on Sundays and Holidays.

Hourly restrictions relate to loud work that is a nuisance to neighbours only.

Construction activities that take place quietly indoors and don’t disturb neighbours, such as painting or electrical installations, are permitted at any time.

Look over the Noise Regulation Bylaw for more information.  Please visit our Good Neighbour Construction page for more details on these and other Good Neighbour Development practices and policies.

Types of Permits & Basic Requirements

The City of Coquitlam has several permits types:

Development Permits — When you are building on any property, check if the property is within a Development Permit Area to determine if your type of construction requires a Development Permit.

What to Know When Building on Your Property

Property Lines & Infrastructure

You may be able to obtain a Form Survey from City Hall, (depending on the age of your house can purchase a Form Survey at the Building Permits Division counter at City Hall, if:

  • You are a homeowners and can show proof of ownership
  • Your are a realtors or prospective buyers, and can show a purchase agreement

View the records about your sanitary, storm or water service at the property line, at the Engineering and Public Works customer service counter at City Hall.

Legal Lot Documents

View legal lot plans, legal documents shown on the title of a property and property encumbrances such as Rights-of-Way and easements, at the Engineering and Public Works customer service counter at City Hall. You can not copy plans, duplicates can be obtained from the Land Title and Survey Authority of BC.

Land Title & Survey Authority of BC
New Westminster Land Title Office
Anvil Centre Office Tower
Suite 500 - 11 Eighth Street
New Westminster, BC, V3M 3N7
Phone: 604-630-9630
Toll Free Phone: 877-577-5872

Right of Way

A Right-of-Way is an allowance given by a private property owner to the municipality or government to enter onto their private property for a municipal purpose such as water, sewer, road access and other utility services. For more information, see our Guidelines for Rights-of-Way (PDF).

Covenant

A Covenant is an agreement between two parties that would normally put restrictions on land and its use.

Easement

An easement is an agreement between two private property owners whose properties adjoin; it grants access to each other’s property for a predetermined purpose. If an easement is required due to work being done through the City, we will assist you with the procedure. If the easement relates to a private arrangement between two neighbours, we recommend you consult a private lawyer.