You will need a:
- Plumbing permit to install, change, or upgrade any part of a plumbing system
- Gas permit to install or replace a natural gas appliance, piping, or venting
You will not need a plumbing permit to:
- Repair or replace valves or faucets
- Repair or replace fixtures (as long as they remain in the same location)
- Clear stoppages in pipes or drains
- Repair leaks
Not sure if you need a permit?
Please contact the Development and Building Services Centre.
New electronic applications
Our new electronic applications allows you to submit permit applications electronically and perform other functions digitally. Currently, some permits can be submitted online and may include the payment of fees. We’re working on adding more permits online over time. Please refer to your specific permit's steps for more information.
Steps to getting a gas or plumbing permit
Review the latest permit processing times
Permit processing times will depend on the completeness of your application, how long it takes you to respond to our questions, and volume of instream applications to be processed.
|Type of permit||
We aim to issue 95% of permit applications in:
In the last three months, we achieved our target for the following percentage of applications:
|Simple gas permits||3 business days||94%|
|Other gas permits requiring plan review||25 business days||100%|
|Simple plumbing permits||3 business days||94%|
|Other plumbing permits requiring plan review||25 business days||74%|
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Heat pump rebate and energy efficient enquiries
Contact a Clean BC Better Homes Energy Coach through their online form External link icon or by phone 1-844-881-9790.
Contact the Development and Building Services Centre online or by phone at 604-873-7611.
Resources and quick links
Online permit and licences portal
Register for an account, submit applications, view the status of applications, and book an inspection.
Steps to getting an inspection
Review the steps required to getting a plumbing or gas inspection.
Bulletins and advisories
Read our bulletins and advisories that interpret building and electrical bylaws and explain building technical and administrative regulations and processes.
Download a sewer connection placard (128 KB)
All sewer and storm inspections will require a connection placard to be clearly visible and attached to the stakes that identify the capped end of each connection.
Have you submitted an application online?
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