Building & Property Improvements

Building Department Inquiries
All inquiries must be by phone at 604-527-4580, fax at 604-527-4564 or by email at

COLD WEATHER CONCRETE POUR : When air temperatures are lower than 5° Celsius, concrete pours are to be either cancelled, or kept at a temperature of not less than 10°C and not more than 25°C during pour, and maintained at a temperature of not less than 10°C for 72 hours after placing. Inspection of Forms when temperatures are less than 5°C are subject to Building Inspector approval of a heating plan for concrete pour and placement.

COVID-19 NEWS : Effective immediately, and until further notice, the City of New Westminster has implemented the following permit and inspection protocols to maintain these services, while creating the required social distancing, and limiting person-to-person contact.

Building and Plumbing Inspections are occurring for select project types. Please note that prior to entering a site or building, Inspectors will be asking a series of questions, to confirm that site contacts, trades, owners, and contractors are not showing symptoms of COVID-19 and have not been ordered to isolate by the Public Health Office. Inspectors may also request that the structure be vacated during the inspection, at the Inspectors discretion.

ONLINE PERMIT APPLICATION : We have introduced an Online Permit Guide and Submission application. You will find it under Online Services at the top of this page. At this time you are able to apply for Trades Permits Online (Plumbing, Services, Sprinkler & Hydronic Heating). We will be adding Demolition, Building & Tree permits as they are available. You are also able to upload inspection documents online. If you experience any issues with this system please call 604-527-4580 or email

see below for more information


Building Division
Phone: 604-527-4580

NOTE: Due to the current COVID-19 Health Emergency, applications are only being accepted digitally.

To apply via email, please send all application documentation and drawings to  .Please note that documents must be attached as PDF's directly. We cannot accept documents saved on a cloud based server.

To apply via our online application portal, Camino, please visit .