Delays Expected for Building Permits

Due to high volume, permit complexity, and reduced staffing levels, review of building permit applications is taking up to four months within the Comox Valley Regional District Electoral Areas A, B and C.

“We want to thank the public for their patience as we work through these challenges,” states Alana Mullaly, General Manager of Planning and Development Services.

“We understand that a lengthy building permit review period can frustrate a project that is already challenged by escalating construction costs and labour shortages. We are therefore introducing enhanced systems to work through our backlog and ensure we can support property owners to advance their projects,” explains Mullaly.

If you’re looking for ways to help reduce your permit wait time, here are some tips:

  • Submit your building permit applications in digital form.
  • Review the Building Permit Checklist to ensure your project has the required information when you submit.
  • Make sure ALL supporting documents are provided at the time of application. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  • Call us to discuss your project early in your planning stage to avoid surprises.

Find more information on Building Permits and use the Building Permit Checklist to help you through the permit process and ensure you have everything prepared before you submit.

The Comox Valley Regional District is a federation of three electoral areas and three municipalities operating on the unceded traditional territory of the K’ómoks First Nation, the traditional keepers of the land. The members of the regional district work collaboratively on providing sustainable services for the benefit of the diverse urban and rural areas of the Comox Valley.

Media Contact:

Alana Mullaly, General Manager of Planning and Development Services