Building Permits And Inspections
Application Forms and Resources
Manufactured/Mobile Home - Application Within a Mobile Home Park (MHP)
Single Family Dwelling - Application
Single Family Dwelling - Additions
Do I need a building permit?
A building permit is required when construction is located within a building inspection area and the work consists of:
Are building permits required in my area?
In the Cariboo Regional District there are three local service areas which benefit from the building inspection function, namely the Central Cariboo (portions of Area D, Area E and Area F, the North Cariboo (a perimeter area surrounding the City of Quesnel), and the South Cariboo (Electoral Areas G, H and L in their entirety). In order to confirm whether or not you are within these areas, please contact one of our offices noted on the inside cover of this booklet, and have the legal description of your property at hand.
However, it is important for owners and builders to be aware that all construction within the Province of BC is required to comply with the BC Building Code even if the project is being constructed outside of a building inspection service area.
Additionally, if a dwelling is being constructed the provincial Homeowner Protection Act is in force. For further information contact the Homeowner Protection Office at 1-800-407-7757 or on the Internet at bchousing.org.
Do I need a building permit for a storage shed in my back yard?
Building permits are only needed for structure larger than 20 square meters. The location and dimensions of the shed must comply with zoning bylaw regulations.
Do I need a building permit to build a deck?
Yes, a building permit is required to build a deck and to rebuild an existing deck. In the following circumstances a permit is not required:
How much does a building permit cost?
Permit costs are based on construction values. Please see the table of fees for a more complete description of permit fee charges.
What is the permit application procedure?
Applications are reviewed by the Planning Services staff for conformance with the zoning bylaw and returned to the Building Inspection Division. Our staff then carries out a detailed plan review and will mark pertinent comments on the plans. One set of these marked plans will be returned to the permit applicant. It is important that the actual builder review these approved drawings prior to construction.
Provided the proposed scope of work on the building plans meets with all requirements, a building permit will be issued. A building permit fee is due upon issuance of the building permit.
Building /Plumbing permit application forms may be downloaded, or obtained from any CRD office. The information requested on this application includes:
Homeowner Protection Office
203 - 4555 Kingsway
Burnaby, BC V5H 4T8
Toll Free: 1-800-407-7757
Fax: (604) 646-7051
How long does it take to get a building permit?
Processing time depends on the type and complexity of the project. The development services department strives to keep the plan review process for standard buildings to less than 3 weeks providing there are no unexpected delays. Generally, the more complete the application, the quicker the processing time.
What are the typical reasons for a building permit to be delayed, withheld or denied?
Typically, building permits can be denied if the applicant has not submitted complete information such as;
Please refer to Building Permits Plans and Inspections document for more detailed information.
How large of a shop/garage can I build without a conventional foundation?
Any single story accessory building less than 55 square metres (592 square feet), does not require a conventional footing and foundation wall design as per BCBC 9.15.. An example foundation is included in our Residential Garage / Workshop application drawings hand out.
When do I need to schedule an inspection?
**COVID-19**If your building is occupied and you require an inspection, please complete the required Inspection Request - Occupied Structure form and submit to the building department prior to booking your inspection.
The owner or his or her designate shall give at least two working days’ (48 hours) notice to the Cariboo Regional District when requesting an inspection of the construction of a standard building and shall obtain an inspection and receive a Building Official’s acceptance and approval of the following aspects of work prior to concealing it:
The inspection process differs slightly for different types of construction (ie: dwellings vs. garages), (standard vs. complex buildings), for more complete information contact the Building Inspector.
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