Building Permits

BC Building Code Changes 2024

The Ministry of Housing announced the adoption of the 2024 BC Building Code taking effect on March 8, 2024. This means that all permit applications made on or after March 8, 2024 will be subject to the 2024 BC Building Code, which requires all documents, designs, and references to be updated to reflect the new Code. Some of the key changes for BC include:

  • More complete and specific language for constructing extended rough-ins for radon subfloor depressurization systems.
  • Adopting cooling requirements to provide one living space that does not exceed 26 degrees Celsius.
  • Retaining existing ventilation requirements for systems serving single dwelling units.

Building permits ensure that buildings and structures renovated or constructed within the City of Abbotsford meet the acceptable level of performance with regards to structure, occupant health, fire protection, life safety, accessibility and energy efficiency. Building permits also ensure that the community’s applicable land use and development bylaws are applied. While contractors may be hired to complete construction work, it is the property owner’s responsibility to ensure that a building permit is obtained prior to construction commencing.

View the resources below to guide you in putting together your permit application. 

Inspections

Once the permit has been issued, inspection of the work onsite occurs to confirm that it aligns with the approved permit drawings, construction regulations, and bylaws. To book and prepare for an inspection, please follow the link below.

Inspections

Information & Requirements

View the supporting resources, bylaws and building updates to help you with your project.

When a Permit is Not Required

While most building construction projects will require a permit, there is some work that does not require a permit for example:

  • Most buildings that are less than 10m2 in area;
  • Replacement of sinks, faucets, or toilets (provided their location does not change);
  • Replacement of siding, gutters, or roof shingles; or
  • Painting, flooring, and/or installation of cabinetry.

If you are unsure if your project requires a permit, please feel free to review the City’s Building Bylaw or contact one of our team members who would be happy to assist you.