Last updated on April 19, 2024

Permits help ensure that construction and major renovations comply with local bylaws, the building code and health and safety standards.

You need to get required permits before any stage of a project can start.

Depending on where you live, the process for obtaining a permit can vary. Contact your local government to get answers to important questions including:

  • What permits do I need for the project I am doing?
  • How do I apply for permits?
  • How long will it take to process a permit application?
  • How much will the permit or permits cost?
  • Do I have the right zoning?

Typically, permits required for new construction projects or major renovations fall under broad categories including building, demolition and plumbing.

Homeowners may also need electrical and gas permits. In general, the BC Safety Authority issues electrical and gas permits. Some local governments issue these permits.

Check with your local government's building department to find out their requirements for all permits and inspections.