Highway Use Permit - Structural Setbacks & Encroachment
Structural setbacks protect road and highway safety and efficiency by keeping buildings, structures and walls at a minimum distance from the provincial highway right-of-way.
Property owners with structures located within 4.5 metres from the property line fronting a highway right-of-way must apply for a permit to reduce the setback. If a structure is on the highway right-of-way, the property owner must apply for a permit to allow the encroachment.
The B.C. government does not issue permits to allow the encroachment of new buildings, additions or major alterations on the highway right-of-way.
Learn more about the highway use permit application process for works.