When is a building permit required?
  • Construction of a new building
  • Addition to existing building
  • Addition of attached garages
  • Building a new secondary suite or legalizing an existing secondary suite
  • Upgrading an existing building or changing its use
  • Creating new rooms or spaces within existing building
  • Finishing a basement
  • Demolishing a building or part of a building
  • Building a deck or gazebo
  • Installation of a hot tub (PDF)
  • Construction of a swimming pool (PDF)
  • Adding an accessory building, equipment room, shed, or detached garage over 10m2
  • Building a retaining wall over 1.2 metres in height
  • Constructing roads within a strata development
  • Restoration, maintenance or repair of building’s structural components and systems
  • Restoration, maintenance or repair of significant building fire and life safety components and systems
  • Storage tanks (PDF)

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1. Why do you need a building permit?
2. When is a building permit required?
3. When is a building permit not required?
4. How do I get a permit?
5. How do I book an inspection?
6. Who can apply for a building permit?
7. What services does the Building Permits Division provide?
8. What types of things do I need a permit for?
9. What is the cost of a building permit?
10. I want to re-grade my property and bring in a "little" fill. Do I need a permit?
11. How long does it take to get a permit?
12. How can I find out what my property is zoned?
13. Where can I find the size of my lot?
14. What can I build on my single family residential lot?
15. How big can I build on my lot?
16. How do I determine the location of my house in relation to my property lines?
17. How high can I build a fence on my property?
18. What time will my building or plumbing inspection be?
19. Can I request a certain inspector for inspections?
20. What do I need for a final inspection?
21. How do I know if I live in a floodplain?
22. What is a flood construction level?
23. How can I get a copy of my house plans or a copy of the occupancy certificate?
24. What size of accessory building can I build?
25. There's a new development being built beside my house and I am worried about water coming onto my property. What can I do?
26. Why do I need a geotechnical engineer (for anything)?
27. How do I find out if a house I am purchasing has ever been used as a grow op?
28. What restrictions apply for building retaining walls?
29. Can I do my own plumbing on my property?
30. What is a Right of Way?
31. How can I find out about a Right of Way?
32. Where is my water, sanitary or storm connection?
33. What is a covenant?
34. What is an easement? An easement is an agreement between two private property owners whose properties adjoin.
35. How do I arrange for an easement?
36. How do I find any legal documents shown on the title on my property?