Step 5: Build Your Triplex or Fourplex

I made my Development Permit Application, now what happens?

All applications are unique and will be reviewed on their own merits, but typically, once Development Planning receives your complete application:

  • Within 3-4 months staff will fully review your application. This timeline may vary depending upon unusual, or unexpected issues, quality of submissions, or incomplete submissions. Staff may request changes or further submissions of plans and / or documentation;
  • Your consultants will need to address these issues and submit a coordinated revised package;
  • Staff will review the revised application package.

If the revised information does not address the City’s concerns, further revisions may be requested.

Will my Subdivision Application or Watercourse Development Permit Application be reviewed at the same time as my Development Permit Application?

If you are required to apply for a subdivision or a Watercourse Protection Development Permit, these applications will be reviewed at the same time as your Development Permit.

Conditions of a subdivision approval may include

  • Submission of legal documents that your legal advisor has drafted;
  • Submission of legal plans that your BC Land Surveyor has drafted; and
  • Submission of your Civil Engineer’s plans, if frontage works and utilities are required to be constructed.

All submitted documents and plans will require weeks of review and may require revisions if the submission does not address the City’s requirements.

If you are required to apply for a Watercourse Protection Development Permit or just have a QEP submit a Riparian Areas Regulation detailed assessment report if developing within 30m of a watercourse, the detailed assessment report must be approved by the Province of BC before any other City permits can be issued (including Watercourse Protection Development Permit).

Also see Step 4: Set your budget regarding Engineering Works and Refundable Securities.

When can I apply for a Building Permit?

You will need to ensure the following is satisfied prior to applying for a Building Permit:

  1. Your Development Permit has been authorized by the Director of Development Services and your landscape security has been submitted;
  2. If you are required to apply for a Watercourse Development Permit, or just have a QEP submit a Riparian Areas Regulation detailed assessment report:
  • The Riparian Areas Regulation detailed assessment report has been approved by the Province of BC; and
  • The Watercourse Protection Development Permit has been issued;
  1. If you are required to apply for a subdivision, the conditions of the subdivision approval have been completed, and the plan has been registered in the Land Title Office.

The Building Permit process requires review and approval of the submitted plans and material. Within 4-6 weeks staff will fully review your application. This timeline may vary depending upon unusual, or unexpected issues, quality of submissions, or incomplete submissions. Staff may request changes or further submissions of plans and / or documentation. 

Please note that other permits, Engineering Works, fees, refundable securities and Development Cost Charges may be required prior to a Building Permit being issued. See Step Four, Set your budget for more information.

Once the Building Division requirements have been satisfied, a Building Permit may be issued.