Major Projects

Major Project or "complex" buildings fall primarily within the scope of Part 3 of the BC Building Code. Complex developments often require other development approvals prior to the building permit stage, and the construction of these projects are often overseen by registered professionals. Examples of major projects are:

  • 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
  • Racking
  • Spray Booth and other specialized use
  • Tenant improvement to commercial building
  • Townhouse / multi-family development

Development Planning Approvals

Major Projects are deemed complex and usually involve prior approvals from Council. Before a Building Permit application can be received, one or all of the following Development Planning approvals will be necessary:

  • Development Permit
  • Development Variance Permit
  • Housing Affordability Agreement
  • Off-Site Servicing and Civil Works Agreements
  • Official Community Plan Amendment
  • Rezoning Amendment
  • Subdivision Approval

Additional Information

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.

  1. Process for a Major Building Permit
  2. Processing Time For Major Projects
  3. General Drawing Requirements
  4. Drawing Specifications