​Minor Projects

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What is a Minor Project?

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:

  • Duplex (two-family residential home
  • Single family residential home
  • Laneway housing (coach house, carriage home)
  • Addition / house raise
  • House move
  • Renovation
  • Decks and balconies
  • Pool
  • Awning / canopy / patio cover
  • Wood burning appliance
  • Building a new, or legalizing an existing secondary suite
  • 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
  • Construction of a swimming pool
  • Adding an accessory building, equipment room, shed, or detached garage over 10 square meters 
  • Building a retaining wall over 1.2 meters 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.

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.

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  • Process for Minor Projects

  • Planning Your Project – Things You Should Know

  • Processing Time For Minor Projects

  • General Drawing Requirements

  • Drawing Specifications

Building Permits Division

Planning and Development Department

3000 Guildford Way
Coquitlam BC V3B 7N2
Email: permits@coquitlam.ca
Phone: 604-927-3441