A building permit is a document issued by the authority in charge of implementing the Building Code of British Columbia in your region. When you want to build, renovate, demolish, extend or change the use of a structure, you’ll need a construction permit.
Building code enforcement, which includes issuing building permits, is typically handled by municipal building departments, while enforcement of on-site sewage systems is handled by boards of health and conservation authorities in some places.
Why you need to obtain a building permit?
Building permits enable your municipality to safeguard those interests of both individuals and the entire community. The municipality ensure that buildings meet the specifications and Framework, which is set to maintain the standards for the design and construction of buildings and meet the objectives such as health, safety, fire protection, accessibility, and resource conservation, the local zoning bylaw and other planning controls on buildings, and other applicable legislation, such as conservation authority approvals and certain requirements, by reviewing and approving building permit applications before any work is done.
When you need a building permit
You need to have a building permit before you:
- construct any new building over ten square meters in area or place another structure on your property, such as an Accessory Building;
- make renovations or repairs to a building;
- secondary suites
- change the use of a building;
- construct a foundation; or construct a seasonal building
If you have any queries regarding when a construction permit is necessary, contact your municipality.
How you apply for a building permit
You can apply for a building permit through your municipality or through the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing’s website. Building permit applications are submitted to your local government.
You must submit drawings, plans, and other papers with your application. Epater Designer studio will assist you with this paperwork. A charge may also be required. Before you apply, you should speak with the personnel at your municipality. They’ll be able to tell you what information, drawings, and plans you’ll need to submit with your application, as well as whether you’ll need any additional permissions or approvals.
How can Epater Design Studio assist you in obtaining a permit?
A building permit is required for any structural improvements to an existing structure or the construction of a new one.
Commercial interior designers and Residential interior designers at Epater assists you in obtaining permits and managing all correspondence until your permission is obtained. This saves you the time and effort of dealing with all of the back and forth that occurs during the procedure. Drawings and permit applications are available as a package or separately, depending on your needs. We work with all communities and all types of cities permits, including rezoning, subdivision, and more. Our Interior Designers provide a full set of Building Permit Drawings for:
- New Buildings
- Accessory Buildings
- Secondary Suites
- Extensions and anything else that requires a Building Permit.