A building grade is an official indication of the design elevation along the property line to ensure that:
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Official building grades are required for development permit applications (DE) for any of the following situations:
Note: Except RS-1, RS-1S, RS-3, RS-3A, RS-5, RS-5S and RS-6 districts. In these districts, existing grades provided by a registered Land Surveyor will be accepted for outright OR conditional one-family dwellings.
Building grades for all properties must be approved or designed by Engineering Services.
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Apply in-person at Client Services (see contact on this page) with the following items:
We'll do an initial review of your application and let you know who needs to design your building grades: either you, us, or both.
For buildings requiring the services of an architect, the building grade design is required to be completed and certified by a professional engineer or architect registered in BC. For other buildings, the building grade can be prepared by the building's designer.
If you need to provide a building grade design, provide a copy of:
Once we receive your building grade survey and design, we'll review the files and contact you if any revisions are required. Once the survey and design are acceptable, we'll send you the accepted copy.
Building grade survey standards (140 KB)
Building grade design guidelines (130 KB)
In most cases, City building grade designs are required where:
If your application needs a City building grade design, you need to pay the building grade design fee.
The times below are based on typical applications.
The amount of time it takes to issue a building grade depends on the outcome of the initial review. Some applications take longer because they need more complex designs, consultation, or other coordination efforts.
|Application phase||Processing time|
|Initial review||1 to 2 weeks|
|Design by you||As required|
|Review by us||1 to 2 weeks after you submit your design|
|Design by us||6 to 8 weeks|
|Property length||Review fee||Design fee|
|Up to 31 m||$342.00||$806.00|
|31 – 90 m||$459.00||$918.00|
|90 – 150 m||$571.00||$1,367.00|
|150 – 300 m||$801.00||$2,055.00|
|300 m or longer||$1,260.00||$2,973.00|
Property length is measured along the street, lane, easement, right-of-way, or a combination of these.
The review fee covers the City’s costs to:
The design fee covers the additional costs for survey and design work when the City will be completing designs.
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