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Build a new house or laneway house

Building a new house or laneway house requires a number of approvals and permits to ensure homes are built safe, healthy, and accessible for all in our city.

Steps to building a new house or laneway house

Steps to submitting an amendment to an issued building permit

After you get your water and sewer connection permit

If you already have your permit and want to know when you'll get your connections, use our questionnaire to find out what happens next.

Permit processing times for May 2022

Elapsed time measures from the date that an application generates a permit number to when the permit is issued. Timelines are influenced by the volume of instream applications to be processed, completeness of the application, site/project specific requirements, customer response times, and more.

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Source: Open Data Portal

General permit enquiries

Contact the Development and Building Services Centre online or by phone at 604-873-7611.

Heat pump rebate and energy efficient enquiries

We do not administer heat pump rebate applications.

Contact a Clean BC Better Homes Energy Coach through their online form or by phone 1-844-881-9790.

Find out more about heat pumps

Permits, inspections, and forms

Apply for and manage permit

Review regulations and apply for the required permits for your construction or renovation project.

Inspections

Book or cancel an electrical, plumbing, building, fire sprinkler, gas, or sidewalk inspection for your construction or renovation project.

Forms, checklists, and bulletins

View and download the building or development permit application forms and submission requirements.

Have you submitted an application online?

We want to hear from you.

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