Building & Property Improvements

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.

Applications for permits under the 2012 BC Building Code and its amendments will be accepted until 4:00 pm, December 7, 2018. Please note – applications must be complete and comply with the City’s application submission requirements. We do not accept partial or incomplete applications.

Existing buildings: Generally speaking, buildings should conform to the version of the BC Building Code in force when they were constructed. Existing buildings are not automatically required to be upgraded when codes change.

The current building code does apply if an existing building:
- is altered or renovated
- has a change to its use or occupancy
- has components replaced


Building Division
Phone: 604-527-4580

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.