Minor projects generally fall within the scope of Part 9 of the BC Building Code. Building permits are required for all new construction, temporary buildings and for alterations to existing construction. You should always review your building requirements with City staff before commencing a project. The cost of building permits depends on the nature and scope of the work being done. The review process for these applications require less review by other departments and agencies.
Examples of minor projects that will require a building permit are:
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.
For the purposes of permitting, structures such as towers, retaining walls over 1.2 m in height and storage tanks are considered buildings. Building permits are not required for storage or garden shed structures under 10 m2 in area, however they must comply with the setbacks stipulated in the Zoning Bylaw.
On average, applications for minor projects will take about 15 to 20 business days to reach first review. The amount of time required to complete the review and issue the permit will vary depending on the time required to correct any deficiencies identified. Permits are issued when all bylaw and code requirements are met. Once 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 for detailed specifications required on your drawing submission. The following Specification Bulletins may also be of assistance: