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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. Building Permit Fees (PDF) depend on the nature and scope of the work being done.
Important note: work that does not require a permit, still needs to comply with the City’s Bylaws and the BC Building Code.
To book your inspection(s), you must have a building permit issued:
You must be the owner of the property or produce a Letter of Agent Authorization (PDF) in order to apply for a Building Permit.
The Building Permits Division is here to ensure all construction that occurs within the City meets the minimum standards for life and health safety as prescribed in the BC Building Code, the Safety Standards Act, the BC Electrical Code and the Gas Code.
If you are proposing any new construction on the property or within an existing building on the property, you may need a permit. Contact the Building Permits Division if you are unsure if you require a permit.
The cost of a building permit depends on the nature and scope of the work being done. Please contact the Building Permits Division for more information on permit costs. For gas and electrical permits, contact Technical Safety BC.
If you are bringing in fill that is not part of an active building permit then you need to contact the environmental section of the Planning Department to determine what is required.
The time of year and complexity of the project will determine the length of time for permits. Contact the Building Permits Division for current timeframes.
Please have your legal description and address information ready and contact the Planning and Development Department or come to City Hall, 3000 Guildford Way, Coquitlam, BC.
To locate your property line pegs, look on your legal plans. If you are unable to locate the pegs using this information, you will have to hire a private land surveyor to resurvey the property and place new pegs. Local land survey offices are listed in the yellow pages. The Building Division may have a form survey for your property, which can be purchased for a fee. Contact the Building Permits Division to see if one exists for your property.
Information in regards to what you can build, permitted uses, required setbacks and building heights on your lot is specified in our Zoning Bylaw. We encourage you to contact the Planning and Development Department or check out the City’s Zoning Bylaw.
Lot-specific information and regulations are outlined in our Zoning Bylaw. However, due to the highly complex and legal nature of the information in this bylaw, interpretation can be difficult, especially if you are unfamiliar with zoning-related information. To ensure you have accurate information on what you can build on your lot, please visit City Hall and talk to the Planning and Development Department or contact them by email.
Depending on the age of your house, a site survey, which shows the forms / foundation placement on the lot, may be available at the Permits section counter. Homeowners can obtain a copy of their site survey by showing proof of ownership. Realtors and prospective buyers need to show us the purchase agreement. Survey certificates can be purchased for a fee at the Building Permits Division Front Counter.
The maximum height for a fence varies depending on the lot, its zoning, and where on the lot the proposed fence is to be located. Contact the Planning and Development Department for more specific information.
Inspections are typically conducted between 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 (noon) and between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday. As inspection levels are usually quite high, it is hard to give a more accurate time than either a.m. or p.m. Where practical and possible, every effort is made to tailor inspection times to the specific needs of the permit holders.
Inspectors are assigned areas within the City and this will determine which inspectors will be attending your property.
All approved permits and supporting documents are required to be on site. Also, the final approval slip for all other permits, (plumbing, gas, electrical, sprinkler) are to be on site for this inspection.
Our mapping system QtheMap identifies those lots which may be potentially impacted by high water levels. It is recommended you contact the Building Permits Division for a final determination until all applicable literature is updated.
This is the lowest elevation that you can build livable floor space. Anything constructed below this level has the potential of being impacted by flood waters.
If our records contain a set of the house plans, homeowners may obtain a copy by making a request at our Building Permits Division front counter (you must show proof of ownership). Please contact our Building Permits Division before attending to ensure the City has records for your property. The cost depends on the number of pages to be copied. Staff will let you know at the time of your request what the applicable fees will be.
The size of an accessory building is based on the size of the property and the zoning of the property. Contact our Planning Department at with the address of the property and staff will be happy to help you. If you have the current coverage of the house and other buildings currently on the property, we can provide you with a more accurate answer other than just the permitted percentage coverage of the site.
Our bylaws require that all surface water be retained on the property. If you have concerns that this may not happen, contact our Building Permits Division with the address of where construction is taking place and staff will place a note on the file to ensure this item is noted as being a potential concern.
Geotechnical engineers are required to ensure the ground being constructed on is able to support the loading of the proposed building. Also, it is to ensure the construction does not negatively impact your property or adjacent properties.
You will have to attend or contact our Building Permits Division to determine this information.
Retaining walls require a building permit if they are going to be more than 0.6 metres in height, either as one wall, or in combination with other walls unless they are suitably spaced. Retaining walls over four feet in height are not permitted on residentially zoned properties except those constructed as a condition of subdivision approval or those approved by a building inspector when specific conditions are met. Retaining walls over 1 metre require structural design and review by a professional engineer.
Owners of detached single-family dwellings are permitted to perform work on their own plumbing systems providing they meet the following criteria:
A right of way (ROW) is an allowance given by a private property owner to the municipality or government to enter on to their private property for a municipal purpose such as water, sewer, road access and other utility services.
Property encumbrances such as right of ways and easements may be viewed at our Engineering Department counter as they have copies of most right of ways and can tell you what they are for. Copying is not permitted. If you require a copy of any of these plans, they can be obtained from:
You can contact the Land Title Office general inquiries phone line at 604-630-9630 or 1-877-577-LTSA (5872). The Land Title Office at the following location: 300 - 88 Sixth Street New Westminster, BC V3L 5B3.
If you need to locate your service connection - water, sanitary or storm you can visit the Engineering & Public Works counter at City Hall or email staff. If you are unable to locate the connection, you may email our Engineering and Public Works for assistance. If you need to turn your water off, you will find that most homes have a main water shut off which is located where the water connection enters the house, usually in the basement or crawlspace. You can shut off the water supply to the house by closing this faucet handle. If there is a leak or break which requires the water to be shut off at the property line, a water shut-off key can be borrowed from the Operations Centre. If you need to report an after hours public works emergency, please call the Engineering and Public Works emergency line at 604-927-3500.
A covenant is an agreement between two parties which would normally put restrictions on land and its use.
This agreement gives private property owners with adjoining properties access to each other’s property for a predetermined purpose.
If the easement is required due to work being done through the City, they will assist you with the procedure. If the easement relates to a private arrangement between two neighbours, you will be required to contact a private lawyer for assistance.
For title searches and legal document information, please contact the Land Title Office at the following location:
You can contact the Land Title Office general inquiries phone line at 604-630-9630 or 1-877-577-LTSA (5872).