Do I need a Building Permit? If your renovation plans include moving interior walls or making structural repairs, building a new deck or accessory building, you may need a permit. A permit ensures the safety of your family and your home and saves you time and money by making sure the work is done right the first time.
- Completed Building Permit Application - Renovations and/or Additions
- Two sets of construction drawings
- Building Permit Fee
Specific information is or may be required for the following:
- Septic System Approval from Island Health Authority
- Environmental Development Permit
- Development Variance Permit
- Board of Variance
- Hazardous Material Assessment Report for homes building prior to 1990
(Asbestos Hazards When Renovating Older Homes)
Before work begins on the renovation of buildings or structures, the contractor or owner must ensure a qualified person inspects the site to identify any asbestos-containing materials, lead or other heavy metal or toxic, flammable or explosive materials that may be handled, disturbed or removed. The inspection results must be available at the worksite, including any drawings, plans or specifications, as appropriate, to the locations of any hazardous substance. Without this report inspectors will not enter the site for inspection.
Wood decks are considered structures and therefore must comply with the current BC Building Code and Colwood's Land Use Bylaw. A building permit is required for a new deck or for structural alterations to an existing one. Concrete patios installed on grade do not require a permit.
- Example of Deck and Stair Details and Plan Requirements
- Site Plan*
- BC Land Survey
In most cases, the owner is required to obtain a building permit prior to the construction of an accessory building, such as a shed or garage. If, however, you are constructing an accessory building of less than 10m2 (108 ft2) in area and it does not create a hazard, a building permit is not required. You must still ensure full compliance with Colwood's Land Use bylaw, such as setbacks to property line and lot coverage regulations.
- Site Plan*
- Roof Drawing
- BC Land Survey
- If you cannot locate the legal survey pins bounding your property, you may have to obtain a legal survey to identify the property and location of all existing and proposed buildings.
- Show all existing and proposed structures on the property, sizes and distances between property lines and other structures.
- Indicate location and method of handling perimeter and roof rain water drainage.
Your building permit application may be reviewed by the Planning, Engineering and the Building Department. If additional information is required in order for staff to complete the necessary plan review, the applicant will be contacted. When the permit is ready and the required fees have been paid, the permit will be issued .