Building Permits & Inspections
Types of permits and services
Follow the links below to find the types of permits required for building or renovating a property and learn about the application process.
The District is currently facing unprecedented levels of new building permit applications and customers are advised to expect delays. Learn what the District has done to streamline the process and what you can expect after submitting a building permit application at westvancouver.ca/building-permit-update.
- Dampproofing inspections update: As of December 1, 2021, all dampproofing inspections are to be scheduled in association with the building permit rather than the drainage permit. If booking online, please login to the building permit account associated with the subject property in order to schedule the dampproofing inspection. If sending in an email request, please reference the building permit number.
- Professional Engineers and Geoscientists are now required to provide their Permit to Practice Number on all sealed drawings and documents. Further information can be found on the Engineers and Geoscientists BC (EGBC) website.
- Renovating? Hazardous materials and renovation of buildings constructed prior to 1990: the Owner or Owner’s Agent must submit a Confirmation of Commitment Letter for Hazardous Materials (Hazmat). This letter must accompany the building permit application. Click here for more information on this requirement, WorkSafeBC, and DWV requirements respecting workers’ safety.
- The Certified Professional Program has been adopted. For further details, visit westvancouver.ca/certified-professional.
- BC Energy Step Code will be effective February 28, 2021, visit westvancouver.ca/step.
- The District has adopted a Wildfire Hazard Development Permit Area. To determine whether this will impact your building permit application, visit westvancouver.ca/wildfire-dpa.
- Digital Document Submissions: In response to COVID-19, our Permits & Inspections Office is operating remotely. We have transitioned to accepting only digital applications and documents, and all fees can be paid online. For access to our portal for document submissions, please click here.
The Certified Professional (CP) Program is an alternative building permit process in which a Certified Professional who is recognized as a CP by the Architectural Institute of British Columbia and Engineers and Geoscientists BC performs the full building review and inspection role on behalf of the District.