Demolition Permits

Demolition permits are required for all building types and situations:

  • Commercial and large industrial structures
  • Damaged buildings as a result of an event, e.g. fire, flooding or earthquakes
  • Portions of a single-family home if the life safety systems are compromised during reconstruction 

Prior to issuing a Demolition permit, the City requires all property owners to verify  that the buildings onsite are free of pests, such as rats.

To ensure the safety of workers and the public, the City of Coquitlam has implemented procedures to ensure all demolition activities within the City are undertaken in a safe, reasonable and sustainable manner.  It is the responsibility of the building owner and employer to ensure all asbestos containing materials are inventoried and risk assessments completed.  Visit WorkSafeBC Health-Safety Hazards-Exposures - Asbestos for more information on the hazards of asbestos.

The owner of an unoccupied or vacant property is required to protect the building or property against risk of fire, accident or other danger by preventing the entrance of unauthorized persons.

Apply for a Demolition Permit

  1. Obtain and complete all documents listed in our Demolition Permits Brochure (PDF).
  2. Visit the Building Permits Division on the Main Floor at Coquitlam City Hall in person to apply for a Demolition Permit. Bring with you the completed Demolition Permit Application (PDF) and all other required documentation. We will also ask for some basic information about the property, and collect a Permit Application Fee.
  3. Next, visit the Engineering & Public Works Department to arrange and pay for water shut off by City staff, capping of existing sanitary and storm connections, and other requirements. If you have a Building Permit application, we will give you a form for Driveway Access.
  4. Once the demolition permit has been issued, the structure may be removed and a final inspection scheduled.  The permit will then be finalized.  Note: Failure to call for a final inspection prior to December 31 of the previous calendar year, may affect you Utility Charges the following year.