Minor Projects

Minor projects generally fall within the scope of Part 9 of the BC Building Code. Building permits are required for all new construction, temporary buildings and for alterations to existing construction. You should always review your building requirements with City staff before commencing a project. The cost of building permits depends on the nature and scope of the work being done. The review process for these applications require less review by other departments and agencies.

Examples of Minor Projects

Examples of minor projects that will require a building permit are:

  • Adding an accessory building, equipment room, shed, or detached garage over 10 square meters
  • Addition/house raise
  • Awning/canopy/patio cover
  • Building a deck or gazebo
  • Building a new, or legalizing an existing secondary suite
  • Building a retaining wall over 1.2 meters in height
  • Constructing roads within a strata development
  • Construction of a swimming pool
  • Creating new rooms or spaces within existing building
  • Decks and balconies
  • Demolishing a building or part of a building
  • Duplex (two-family residential home
  • Finishing a basement
  • House move
  • Installation of a hot tub
  • Laneway housing (coach house, carriage home)
  • Pool
  • Renovation
  • Restoration, maintenance or repair of building’s structural components and systems
  • Restoration, maintenance or repair of significant building fire and life safety components and systems
  • Single family residential home
  • Wood burning appliance

Additional Information

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.

  1. Process for Minor Projects
  2. Planning Your Project - Things You Should Know
  3. Processing Time for Minor Projects
  4. General Drawing Requirements
  5. Drawing Specifications
  • Fill out the application form for a Building Permit Application Form - Single-Family -Two-Family (PDF) and complete a Single-Family/Two-Family Worksheet (PDF)
  • Provide drawings of the proposed work
  • Pay application fee
  • The Plans Examiner reviews the plans and forwards his comments to you
  • Provide supplemental documentation identified and requested by the Plans Examiner in the course of their review
  • Pick up plans after plan check and pay balance of permit
  • Call for inspections at appropriate stages of construction
  • An Occupancy Permit is granted once the work has achieved a successful Final Inspection