Commercial, Industrial & Institutional Construction
After confirming the zoning bylaw and site permit requirements, you would be ready to review the building permit process. You will find information on this page relating to new and renovated commercial, industrial, institutional, larger multi-family, or assembly buildings (restaurants, pubs, halls etc).
Often, because of the building size or use, registered professionals (architects and engineers) are required to be involved in the design and construction of a project. These buildings are called "complex buildings" and defined as buildings over 600 square metres in footprint, or assembly use (restaurants, pubs, halls etc.), treatment or care buildings and high hazard industrial. In some cases smaller buildings can also be defined as complex buildings and may be required to have an architect and engineers involved in the project, from design, to site reviews, and final occupancy.
For your permit submission, you are required to include
- Completed application form
- Title Search, dated within 30 days of the permit application
- Completed code checklist if applicable (pg. 2 of the application form or provide code analysis on plans)
- Four copies of the construction drawings including registered professional’s designs
- Each registered professionals Schedule B (from BC Building Code), copy of insurance and Form 2
- 25% of permit fee (fee details)
Plumbing permits can be issued to a ticketed plumber for sprinkler system alterations, irrigation systems, plumbing onsite, and within a building. If a plumbing permit is related to a building permit, the building permit must be issued first. For complex buildings, a plumbing permit application will be reviewed by staff prior to issuance.
For complex buildings, municipal inspectors revert to a role of monitoring the involvement of the registered professional and the progress of the project, instead of inspections. Monitoring reviews will take place on site during the project construction. For buildings that are not considered complex, please refer to the inspection schedule from the building bylaw. Inspections can be scheduled by contacting our office at 250-544-4217, at least one day prior to the inspection.
A property owner is responsible, under the building bylaw, to comply with district bylaws and the B.C. Building Code. This includes making application for a building permit. The owner is able to, however, appoint an agent for the application process. This can be done directly on the application form, or on the Owner Authorization form. This owner authorization would also give an agent permission to review the property file for historical permit documents.
A variance may be possible, as a Development Variance Permit, which is reviewed by Council. The request could be for setbacks, height, use, lot width, parking or screening requirements, but not to vary lot coverage or floor area ratio requirements. For further information about this process, please check out the Development Variance Permit Guide.
A rezoning application would be required if there were extreme variances, or non-compliance with the density (such as floor area ratio). For this and other planning permits, please see the Zoning and Permits page.
These are a few example of other permits that may be required:
- Electrical Permits are regulated through Technical Safety BC
- Site related permits (such as tree removal, soil deposit, blasting, development permits)
- Business licence for new or relocated businesses
- CRD approval of any testing of cross connection control devices
- Waste discharge assessment form to CRD for grease trap
- Sign permit for any new or replacement sign
- Liquor licence through the Liquor Regulation and Licensing Branch (and the District as well)