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.
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.
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