Building Code, Bylaws & Fees

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 Codes and Bylaws

Fees and Charges 

Please note: Effective March 20, 2023 (as per amendments to the City's Fees and Charges Bylaw, 2006 (Schedule "G"), the following non-refundable application fees apply at time of submission of a building permit application:

Application Type Application Fee Application Fee with a Registered Professional
Renovation to Existing Building $100 $95
New Dwelling $750 $712.50
Tenant Improvement $100 $95
New Complex Dwelling $750 $712.50

Final building permit fees are calculated after the plan review. Application fees (outlined above) will be credited towards the building permit fee at issuance.

Building Permit fees are determined through Schedule "G" of the Fees and Charges Bylaw, 2006. Depending on the type of permit and work being proposed, other charges and securities (Development Cost Charges, Damage Deposits, etc.) may be applied. Fees associated with plumbing work are charged on the plumbing permit.

The City’s Building staff is available to assist you in figuring out just what kind of permits and fees you will need in order to complete your project in a timely and cost-effective manner. Applicants are advised to wait for staff to complete the review before determining final permit fees.