Last Updated: June 3, 2022
The City offers a number of online eServices to support business transactions with the City.
Customers registered in the EPlan program can continue as they have in the past. All EPlan documents will be delivered to customers via email.
Those not registered in the EPlan program are encouraged to arrange for digital application after speaking to their File Manager or email Building Permits Customer Service.
To submit your minor tenant improvement application through the City’s file transfer service, Coquitlam QFile:
To re-submit documents for the existing project, see our video tutorial.
Please note, the Building Permits Division does not permit applications to be couriered or mailed in. The only digital submissions permitted are for minor tenant improvement applications. All other applications must be made in person.
When delivering or dropping off any letters or drawings to the Planning and Development Department, please clearly indicate on the front of the item:
City Hall is currently open Monday to Friday from 8 am to 5 pm and closed on all Statutory Holidays.
If you have items for drop-off you may come to City Hall. If you plan to drop off items after hours, you may use the City Hall drop box in the ground level parkade off of Burlington Drive. However, this drop box is only for small items.
City Hall is currently open Monday to Friday from 8 am to 5 pm and closed on all Statutory Holidays. Please ensure the person sent for pickup has a staff name as a reference for contact, an address for the property involved and / or project number.
Cheques can be mailed to City Hall or placed in the drop box in the ground-level parkade. Please note your application file number, address, and name of staff person.
The Building Permits Division is responsible for ensuring that buildings are healthy and safe for people. The Division is also available to provide education and assistance prior to building or making changes to your property.
Find important information on:
The Building Bylaw regulates the construction, alteration, repair, demolition or moving of buildings and pools and the installation, alteration or repair of plumbing, sprinkler and heating and gas systems in the City of Coquitlam.
Sunday and Holiday hours are permitted for not for profit construction only (such as a homeowner building a deck).
Owners and professional builders constructing new homes through BC Housing’s Licensing and Consumer Services are deemed to be working for profit or gain and are therefore prohibited from creating construction noise on Sundays and Holidays.
Hourly restrictions relate to loud work that is a nuisance to neighbours only.
Construction activities that take place quietly indoors and don’t disturb neighbours, such as painting or electrical installations, are permitted at any time.
The City of Coquitlam has several permits types:
Development Permits — When you are building on any property, check if the property is within a Development Permit Area to determine if your type of construction requires a Development Permit. Contact the Planning and Development Department at 604-927-3430 for more information.
You may be able to obtain a Form Survey from City Hall, (depending on the age of your house can purchase a Form Survey at the Building Permits Division counter at City Hall, if:
View the records about your sanitary, storm or water service at the property line, at the Engineering and Public Works customer service counter at City Hall.
View legal lot plans, legal documents shown on the title of a property and property encumbrances such as Rights-of-Way and easements, at the Engineering and Public Works customer service counter at City Hall. You can not copy plans, duplicates can be obtained from the Land Title and Survey Authority of BC.
Land Title & Survey Authority of BC
New Westminster Land Title Office
Anvil Centre Office Tower
Suite 500 - 11 Eighth Street
New Westminster, BC, V3M 3N7
Toll Free Phone: 877-577-5872
A Right-of-Way is an allowance given by a private property owner to the municipality or government to enter onto their private property for a municipal purpose such as water, sewer, road access and other utility services. For more information, see our Guidelines for Rights-of-Way (PDF).
A Covenant is an agreement between two parties that would normally put restrictions on land and its use.
An easement is an agreement between two private property owners whose properties adjoin; it grants access to each other’s property for a predetermined purpose. If an easement is required due to work being done through the City, we will assist you with the procedure. If the easement relates to a private arrangement between two neighbours, we recommend you consult a private lawyer.