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:
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:
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.
Processing time for major projects can vary greatly and depends upon the complexity of the project. Most major projects are subject to conditions outlined in a development permit and/or subdivision approval and, therefore, require additional verification. While it is difficult to anticipate the amount of time required, the City’s practice is to assign and complete a first screening review of a major project within 10 to 20 business days 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.
Refer to our document entitled Building Permit Worksheet (DOC) (Industrial, Commercial, Institutional, Multi-Family) for detailed specifications required on your drawing submission. The following Specification Bulletins may also be of assistance: