Minor Projects fall under Part 9 of the BC Building Code. Always review your building requirements with City staff before starting a project. Building permits are needed for all new construction, temporary buildings and for alterations to existing construction. Minor Project applications need less review by other departments and agencies, and permit cost depends on the nature and scope of the work being done. Minor Projects include:
Please contact the Building Division by email, by phone at 604-927-3441 or at their counter located on the main floor of City Hall, or refer to the resources below:
For the purposes of permitting, structures such as towers, retaining walls over 1.2 metres in height and storage tanks are considered buildings. Building permits are not required for storage or garden shed structures under 10 square metres in area, however they must comply with the setbacks stipulated in the Zoning Bylaw.
On average, applications for minor projects will take about 15 to 20 business days to reach first review. The amount of time required to complete the review and issue the permit will vary depending on the time required to correct any deficiencies identified. Permits are issued when all bylaw and code requirements are met. Once assigned to a File Manager, a more accurate assessment of processing time can be provided to you upon request.
Please refer the Building Permit Checklist (PDF) or refer to the Specification Bulletins below, for detailed drawing submission specifications: