Apply for a building permit (commercial building)

You need a commercial building permit for any new building, addition, change of use, or alteration other than a single family house.

Before you apply

At least one week before you want to submit your permit application, arrange a required pre-application appointment with a commercial plans reviewer in the Building Department.

At this appointment, the reviewer will:

  • review the requirements
  • review 'Schedule O' in the building bylaw to see what upgrades to the building are required, if any

October 25, 2018 — The province has adopted the new BC Building Code. If you submit a building permit application on or after December 10, 2018 you will need to comply with the new requirements. Learn more

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