We are working hard to make Colwood's building permit process as quick and easy as possible while maintaining safety, livability and sustainability for you, your neighbours, and future property owners and residents.

The new 2024 BC Codes take effect March 8, 2024. We'll help ensure your project is up to code. 

Colwood has adopted
Zero Carbon Step Code
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When do I need a permit?

Get in touch with the Building Department at building@colwood.ca or phone 250-478-5999 before you start your building project.
We're here to help! Building Department staff can assist you in determining which permits you need and walk you through the permit process.

What Plans are needed for different projects? 

Project Type Site Plan Foundation Plan Floor Plan Elevations Cross
Single- and Two-Family Dwellings
Secondary Suite For
For Addition
Interior Renovation N/A N/A Varies Varies
Decks Varies
Tenant Improvements Contact Staff Contact
Contact Staff Contact
Accessory Buildings

Example Plans:

The City of Colwood does NOT issue the following permits:

How do I book an inspection?

For more information on booking an inspection, please contact the Building Department at building@colwood.ca or call 250-478-5999.

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