Permits

BC Building Code 2024

The new 2024 BC Building Code will apply to building permit applications received on or after March 8, 2024. 

 

British Columbia Building Code (BCBC) 2024 Code Requirements:

The BC Codes 2024 came into effect on March 8, 2024, and will apply to building permits applied for on or after that date. Buildings with permits in place under the BC Codes 2018 will generally not be affected by the new BC Codes (view the Ministerial Order adopting the BC Building Code 2024 for details).

Code changes to be incorporated in 2024 include: 
  • Requiring rough-ins for radon safety province-wide.
  • More complete and specific language for constructing extended rough-ins for radon subfloor depressurization systems.
  • Adopting cooling requirements to provide one living space that does not exceed 26 degrees Celsius.
  • Retaining existing ventilation requirements for systems serving single-dwelling units.

2025 Code Requirements 

Code changes for new adaptable dwellings and earthquake design changes will come into effect March 10, 2025. This delay is to allow for additional engagement and sufficient training for low or no-cost design solutions. According to the Province of BC, this measured approach aims to balance accessibility and housing supply priorities and considers human rights, equity for all people, accessibility engagement feedback, product availability and affordability, and moderate-to-minimal impacts on the industry. 

Code changes to come into effect in 2025 include:
  • Reinforcement of bathroom walls to allow future installation of grab bars.
  • Early adopting national provisions to improve earthquake design changes for housing and small buildings with high seismic hazard values.

The Building and Safety Standards Branch (Government of BC) will release more information.  Please email if you have questions.


Planning and Development Services

Our current anticipated building permit processing time is eight weeks. 

The following MUST BE COMPLETED prior to submitting a building permit application. All planning applications and approvals:

  • Development Permits
  • Variances
  • Floodplain Relaxations
  • Agricultural Land Commission Approvals including Soils Notice of Intent for secondary dwellings in the Agricultural Land Reserve

Floodplain guidelines are applicable within 100m of the Strait of Georgia. Please email Planning and Development  for requirements.

Building Services staff are committed to helping you advance your project and answer any questions you may have. Please email or call 250-334-6006 to inquire? about your property and a technician will be able to assess whether you will need to set up a pre-application meeting with planning and building staff to discuss upcoming projects.

Need more information? Please give us a call and we’ll be happy to review the process and provide tips to make your building permit review and inspection processes as easy as possible.

Please call: 250-334-6006 or email to book an inspection. The building official will email a copy of the inspection results after the inspection is completed.