Major Projects fall mainly within the scope of Part 3 of the BC Building Code. These complex developments often need other development approvals before the building permit stage, and construction of these projects is often overseen by registered professionals. Major Projects include:
Commercial, Industrial, Institutional building
Exterior alteration or addition to a commercial building
Facilities requiring Fire Code review
Major Project Referral System
Mid - and high-rise residential building
Mixed-use building containing residential/commercial use
Spray Booth and other specialized use
Tenant improvement to commercial building
Townhouse / multi-family development
Development Planning Approvals
Before a Major Project or complex development can apply for a Building Permit, one or all of the following Development Planning approvals from Council are needed:
Development Variance Permit
Housing Affordability Agreement
Off-Site Servicing and Civil Works Agreements
Official Community Plan Amendment
If you have any questions about these approval processes, contact Development Services at 604-927-3430 or visit the Development Planning Counter at City Hall, or refer to the resources below:
Provide drawings of the proposed work. You will need to demonstrate compliance with any Development agreements that apply to your project.
Pay application fee.
The Plans Examiner reviews the plans for compliance with the Building Code.
In parallel with this review the application is referred to other City Departments whose interests are affected by the proposed work. A consolidation of the various departments’ comments is then forwarded to you.
Provide supplemental documentation identified and requested by the Plans Examiner in the course of their review.
Pick up plans after plan review has been satisfactorily completed and pay the permit fee outstanding balance.
Call for inspections at the appropriate stages of the work.
An Occupancy Permit is granted once the work has achieved a successful Final Inspection.
Processing time can vary greatly and depends on project complexity . Most Major Projects are subject to conditions outlined in a development permit and/or subdivision approval, and need additional verification. The City’s practice is to assign and complete a first screening review of a Major Project within 10 to 20 business days of receipt, to identify any major issues.
Tenant improvement projects are eligible for fast track service if certain conditions are met. Complete and accurate applications are often processed within 5 to 15 business days.
Once a Building Permit Application has been pre-screened and has met all the requirements of the Permit Checklist, it will be accepted and date stamped for processing. The assigned File Manager will arrange to have drawing sets distributed to the various internal departments for review of their areas of expertise. Once the application has been assigned to a File Manager, a more accurate assessment of processing time can be provided to you upon request.