Major Projects fall mainly within the scope of Part 3 of the BC Building Code. These complex developments often need other development approvals before the building permit stage, and construction of these projects is often overseen by registered professionals. Major Projects include:
Before a Major Project or complex development can apply for a Building Permit, one or all of the following Development Planning approvals from Council are needed:
If you have any questions about these approval processes, contact Development Services at 604-927-3430 or visit the Development Planning Counter at City Hall, or refer to the resources below:
Processing time can vary greatly and depends on project complexity . Most Major Projects are subject to conditions outlined in a development permit and/or subdivision approval, and need additional verification. The City’s practice is to assign and complete a first screening review of a Major Project within 10 to 20 business days of receipt, to identify any major issues.
Tenant improvement projects are eligible for fast track service if certain conditions are met. Complete and accurate applications are often processed within 5 to 15 business days.
Once a Building Permit Application has been pre-screened and has met all the requirements of the Permit Checklist, it will be accepted and date stamped for processing. The assigned File Manager will arrange to have drawing sets distributed to the various internal departments for review of their areas of expertise. Once the application has been assigned to a File Manager, a more accurate assessment of processing time can be provided to you upon request.
Please refer to the Building Permit Checklist (PDF)(Industrial, Commercial, Institutional, Multi-Family) or refer to the Specification Bulletins below, for detailed drawing submission specifications: