Planning and Development Services
The CVRD main office at 770 Harmston Ave Courtenay is currently open to the public, subject to current precautionary measures in support of the Public Health Agency of Canada and the BC Ministry of Health and their efforts to contain the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Building Services is continuing to receive, process and issue building permits at this time, however, there may be delays. We thank you for your patience as we refine new procedures to assist you. Instead of visiting our office, we encourage you to contact us via telephone or email for general property and zoning information and when you wish to apply for a building or plumbing permit.
Building and Plumbing Permit Applications
Building permit applications can be submitted digitally or a hardcopy can be couriered/mailed or dropped off to our main office mail slot.
If you would like to submit your application digitally, please first download and complete the building permit application form (fillable PDF). See page 2 of the application package for the list of documents required at the time of submission. When you are ready to apply, please contact us online for detailed instructions on how to upload your files. Payment information can be provided by phone to 250-334-6006.
For plumbing permit applications, please call 250-334-6006.
Please call for further information and procedures. Per our current policy, only complete applications will be accepted along with payment in order to have your permit processed.
Building inspections are still being conducted. Please call 250-334-6006 to book an inspection. The public is asked to NOT be on location during the inspection. The building inspector will email a copy of the inspection results after the inspection is completed.
Archive searches for building permits are still being conducted, however, due to COVID-19 protocols and the volume of requests, searches may take longer than usual.
Archive search requests can be completed by fillable PDF. Please see the request form for how to submit to the CVRD. There is a fee for the search, please see the linked form for details. Depending on the volume of documents requiring scanning, we may need to charge additional fees. We are able to take credit card payment over the phone at 250-334-6006. If you have further questions about Archive searches, please contact us.
As we currently have limited on-site staff, this process will take more time and we appreciate your patience and understanding.
The type of permit(s) required will depend on the nature of the work to be undertaken. Types of permits include building, plumbing, sprinkler, demolition, fireplace and chimney permits.
How to Apply for a Permit
Applying for a permit from the CVRD requires filling out a permit application, paying a processing fee and providing information detailing the proposed work. Your project may require additional planning approvals such as a development permit, variance, etc which could affect the timing of your project. Check with the Building Services staff prior to your building permit application to advise you on the exact needs of your application.
Permit Fees & Charges
An application for a building or other permit must be accompanied by the appropriate processing fee. The building permit fee is based on a percentage of the value of construction, including material and labour. Depending on the project, additional inspection fees may also apply. This fee is non-refundable and shall be credited against the permit fee once the permit is issued.
Permit Checklist & Application Form
For details on required documents to support your application view the permit checklist: