Building Permits

A Building Permit is required to protect the safety and interests of individuals and communities in the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District. By reviewing and approving building plans before any work is done, the SLRD strives to ensure that buildings comply with:
  • The Building Code, which sets minimum standards for the design and construction of buildings to meet objectives such as health, safety, fire protection, accessibility and resource conservation;
  • Zoning bylaws and other planning controls on buildings; and
  • Other applicable legislation, including conservation authority approvals and certain requirements under the Environmental Protection Act

The SLRD Building Bylaw sets out the rules and regulations for issuing permits to build in Electoral Area A, B, C or D. Building Permits are valid for three years.

A Guide to Building Permits - Why and when do I need a building permit?

For additional resources, visit our Development Application Forms and Guides website.


Apply for a Building Permit

The SLRD uses an online system, Cloudpermit, for building permits and inspection requests. Cloudpermit allows you to apply for and see the status of your permit application anywhere, at any time.

Applications can be started, saved and completed at a later date, and once submitted, you will receive email updates on the status of your application. Records of permit documents will be retained under your online profile for future reference.

Before applying for a building permit or inspection, please read through the information provided on Forms & Information page.

Once registered and/or logged in, you’ll receive a guide and checklist for submitting an application.

To apply for a building permit, you’ll need:

  • Project name
  • Project address
  • Work type (residential, farm, industrial, commercial, or institutional)
  • Work target - type of build (example: new build, addition, demolition, pool, etc.)
  • Contact information (property owners or authorized agents associated with the project)
  • Required documents associated with the project (site plans, structural drawings, construction drawings, etc.)

Register for Cloudpermit

If you cannot complete the electronic submission process, it is likely that documentation is missing or your application is not yet signed off. You can use the messaging function in Cloudpermit to contact the SLRD Building Department team, or email:

Not ready for Cloudpermit?

Applicants are encouraged to use Cloudpermit; however, paper forms and applications are also available:


Important information to know when applying for a building permit

  • Pay in person at the office (1350 Aster Street, Pemberton) by cash, cheque or draft. You may also mail us a cheque or draft to SLRD, Attn. Bldg Dept., PO Box 219, Pemberton, BC, V0N 2L0 (please do not mail cash). Please contact us through your Cloudpermit messaging or at to inquire about electronic payments. Credit card payments are now accepted through Cloudpermit (a 2.75% convenience fee will be added to your charge).
  • Please be advised depending on application volumes and seasonal fluctuations; it takes 12-14 weeks for a complete building permit application to be reviewed. Permit applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis, and additional documents may be required after the plan review.
  • Building Permit Applications will only be accepted when the property owner wishing to start construction is the registered owner of the property.
  • If you are applying to build more than one structure, i.e., detached garage, auxiliary building, etc., each structure will require an application, an application fee and two sets of plans to be submitted.
  • We now accept agents to sign on behalf of the property owner(s) upon receipt of Appendix B - Letter of Authorization (Note: Letters must have original signatures and be signed by all property owners listed on the title unless using the Cloudpermit online application system.
  • An original, sealed site survey plan must be submitted with an application for all new dwellings, accessory buildings and additions. The survey plan will show the proposed structure, property boundaries, grades, elevation easements, and coveted and riparian areas. Without these necessary items, your application may otherwise be delayed.
  • Engineer Schedules must be wet-seal documents. Schedules (LOAs) will be accepted electronically if sent by Notarius software digital seal. Appendix D and Engineered Field Reviews may also be sent electronically.
  • When using more than two registered professionals, you will require a Coordinating Registered Professional (CRP). Your CRP must submit an original (unless sent electronically by Notarius software with a digital seal/initial) Schedule A and initial all other engineers' original Schedule Bs and C-Bs at the bottom right-hand corner.
  • For all commercial construction and cannabis production facilities, please get in touch with BC Hydro for power availability before submitting a building permit application.
  • Hazard risks must be reviewed as part of the building permit process.  For more information, visit Natural Hazards Policy and Procedures No. 7.5 or Hazard Risks Overview.
  • You will be required to submit a Site Disclosure Statement as per the Provincial Contaminated Sites Regulation.
As a courtesy to your neighbours, construction should only occur within the hours specified under the relevant Noise Bylaw.