Building & Property Improvements
The City of New Westminster has re-introduced OCCUPANCY CERTIFICATES as part of our construction permit process. OCCUPANCY CERTIFICATES will be required prior to any occupancy of the following:
-First occupancy of a building or structure, or part thereof after completion of construction;
-Prior to occupancy following partial demolition, alteration, or extension; or,
-Change of occupancy of any building or structure, or part thereof.
Following Final Inspection, the OCCUPANCY CERTIFICATE will be mailed to the owner/applicant.
Provisional occupancy will be considered where:
-A portion of a building or structure is substantially complete and is "self-contained";
-Sign-off has been received from the Coordinating Registered Professional (CRP) and other Registered Professionals;
-All aspects of the work within the "self-contained" area requiring inspection have received inspection and acceptance; and,
-A fee is paid ($500.00 per 30 days - renewable for an additional fee)
Single Family Dwellings & Duplexes will not be issued OCCUPANCY CERTIFICATES unless specifically requested, and the appropriate fee paid ($250.00 per unit)
Please refer to the Building Bylaw Amendment Bylaw No. 8084, 2019 for full requirements on OCCUPANCY CERTIFICATES.
NOTICE: EFFECTIVE AS OF DECEMBER 10, 2018
The Province of British Columbia, by Ministerial Order, has adopted the BC Building Code 2018 effective December 10, 2018. This will apply to Building and Plumbing permits applied for on or after that date.
Building and Plumbing Inspectors are available for phone calls and to answer questions at the Building Division counter from 8:00 am to 9:30 am Monday to Friday.
Permit applications are accepted between 8:00 am and 6:00 pm Mondays, and between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm on Tuesday through Friday.