Building Permit & Inspections

The Village has a contract with the Regional District Okanagan Similkameen for the provision of Building Inspection services.  Inspectors are in the Village Office on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm.  Please contact the Village Office to arrange for an appointment or to request an on-site inspection.

Application for Building Permits can be made at the Village Office. Depending on the complexity of the application, initial plan checking takes approximately two weeks for a single family dwelling and four weeks for commercial, industrial and multi-family buildings. 

Building Permits are required for:

  • the design and construction of a new building
  • the change in occupancy of any building
  • an alteration of any building, structural or non-structural
  • an addition to any building
  • the demolition of any building
  • the reconstruction of any building, or portion thereof, that has been damaged
  • the correction of an unsafe condition in or about any building
  • all parts of any building affected by a change in occupancy
  • the alteration, rehabilitation and change of occupancy of heritage buildings
  • construction or alterations of all accessory buildings 10 m2 (108 square feet) and larger
  • placement of buildings and structures
  • construction of retaining walls greater than 1.5 m in height
  • construction of swimming pools
  • installation of building canopies, marquees and awnings (only if supported by columns and footings)
  • installation of solid fuel burning appliances and chimneys
  • installation of commercial cooking equipment
  • patios greater than 2 feet from finished grade

Permit fees vary according to the cost of development. 

Inspections
After a building permit is issued several site inspections are required (drain tile & damp proofing, slab & poly, framing & sheathing, and insulation) prior to final approval and the issuance of an occupancy permit.
Approved Plans are required on-site for all inspections.  Civic address must be posted at the site.

Every owner shall give at least twenty-four (24) hours notice to staff when requesting an inspection.  Building Official's acceptance of the above noted work is required prior to concealing it.  When a Registered Professional provides letters of assurance on a project, field reviews shall be on-site for the Building Official at time of inspection.

Building Bylaw

Building Permit Application with Agent Forms

Building Permit Application Package

Building Permit Requirements

Climatic Data

Seismic Information