The FVRD's Building Bylaw specifies when a permit is required. Please contact us before starting any construction that you think might require a permit. Here are some examples of projects which may require a building permit:
- Constructing, altering, renovating or changing the use of any building or part of a building;
- Finishing previously unfinished areas such as basements or enclosing a carport or porch area;
- Demolishing all or a portion of any building or structure;
- Moving any building, structure, or mobile home onto or within the Regional District;
- Placing on any land, a manufactured or factory-built home or any housing component or modular structure;
- Installing solid fuel or oil burning appliances and chimneys;
- Installing or altering any plumbing works or services;
- Installing or altering a swimming pool enclosure/fence;
- Constructing or altering a retaining wall 1.2 metres (47 inches) or more above finished grade measured at any point within 1.2 metres (47 inches) from the face of the wall or structure;
- Erecting any permanent sign which has an overall dimension in any direction of more than 6 feet.
Examples of projects which do not require a building permit are:
- Recovering existing roofs;
- Residing exterior walls;
- Replacing existing bathroom, kitchen or laundry fixtures and fittings;
- Recovering existing floors;
- Replacing windows and doors in existing openings;
- Installation or replacement of gas or electric powered space or water heating fixtures or appliances;
- Installation of a well;
- Replacement or repair of existing sewage disposal facilities;
- Temporary "for sale" signs and election signs;
- A retaining wall or structure less than 1.2 metres (47 inches) above the finished grade measured at any point within 1.2 metres (47 inches) from the face of the wall or structure;
- Fences up to a maximum of 2.4 metres (8 feet) high measured on any face.
The following projects are also exempt from the requirement to obtain a building permit but may still have planning requirements (Development Permits, etc.) which the Planning Department will be happy to discuss:
- A new single storey detached residential accessory building or structure which is not intended to be used for any "residential occupancy (as defined in the BC Building Code) and which has a floor area not exceeding 20 sq. metres (215 sq.ft.).
- An addition to an existing single storey detached residential accessory building or structure which is not intended to be used for any "residential occupancy" (as defined in the BC Building Code) and which results in a total floor area not exceeding 20 sq. metres (215 sq.ft.) after the addition is constructed.
- A new deck or an addition to an existing deck which is to be used in association with a single family residence and where the total area of the deck does not exceed 20 sq. metres (215 sq.ft.) after the new construction.
- A new building or structure or an addition to an existing buildng or structure which is intended to be used as a farm building of "low human occupany" as defined in the National Farm Building Code of Canada and where the total floor area after the new construction or addition does not exceed 30 square metres (323 sq.ft.).
Please contact the Building Inspection Division (604) 702-5016 or toll free 1-800-528-0061 before starting any building project to confirm local Building Bylaw requirements.