Frequently Asked Questions

When is a permit required?

The Squamish-Lillooet Regional District Building Bylaw sets out the rules and regulations for issuing permits for construction in Electoral Area A, B, C or D. Please consult the bylaw and contact the Building Department prior to beginning any work on a building or structure.  

Section 8.0 Application for Permit, states: 

8.1 Every person shall apply for and obtain a permit before:

8.1.1    constructing, repairing or altering a building or structure;
8.1.2    moving a building or structure;
8.1.3   demolishing a building or structure; 
8.1.4   constructing, or installing a solid fuel burning appliance, fireplace or chimney;
8.1.5   installing or altering a plumbing system, but not including the emergency repair of a plumbing system; 
8.1.6    installing a fire sprinkler system;
8.1.7    constructing a retaining structure greater than 1.2m in height;
8.1.8    changing the use and occupancy of a building.

When is a permit NOT required?

The following projects would NOT require a building permit. However, please note: a project that is exempt from the building permit process is not exempt from Zoning regulations, or from any other bylaw or act regarding health and safety. BC Building Code standards and zoning setbacks will need to be met even when a permit is not required.

Projects which would NOT require a building permit include:

  • Recovering existing roofs;
  • Residing exterior walls;
  • Repainting;
  • Replacing existing bathroom, kitchen or laundry fixtures and fittings, in the same location;
  • Recovering existing floors;
  • Replacing windows and doors in existing openings;
  • Installation of a well;
  • A retaining wall or structure less than 1.2 metres above the finished grade

Projects which would NOT require a building permit but may be subject to zoning requirements include:

  • A new detached accessory building or structure which is NOT to be used for residential occupancy and has a floor area that is less than 10 sq. metres.
  • A farm building as defined in the Building Bylaw: means a building less than 800 m2 in building area, when situated on land classified as a “farm” under the Assessment Act, RSBC 1996, Chapter 20 (the “Assessment Act”), as amended, and:
    • Does not contain a residential occupancy,
    • Does not include covered riding arenas, building which may be used for   assembly occupancies, or buildings for medical marihuana production facilities, and
    • Is used essentially for:
      •  Housing farm equipment or livestock,
      •  Production, storage or processing of agricultural and horticultural products,
      •  A workshop for the repair of farm equipment, or
      •  A greenhouse or silo.

If you have any questions, please contact the Building Department by phoning (604) 894-6371 or 1-800-298-7753, extension 222.

How much does it cost to apply for a permit?

The cost of the building permit fee is calculated at the plan check stage by the Building Inspector based on the declared construction value.  The application processing fee is:

  • $2000  for a single family dwelling and applications with a construction value in excess of $200,000.00
  • $500 for all other applications
  • $1000 for a transfer of ownership

There is also a non-refundable Title Search Fee of $30.  The non-refundable application processing fee is deducted from the final building permit fee.

What is required to apply for a permit?

When applying for a building permit, the following is always required:

  • Completed building permit application signed by all property owners;
  • Appendix C signed by all owners;
  • Building permit application processing fee of $2000 (single family dwelling and applications with a construction value in excess of $200,000.00) or $500 (all other applications)  plus a Title Search Fee of $30 (non-refundable);
  • 2 sets of construction drawings, including: site plan, foundation plan, floor plans, elevations and cross-section.


How long will it take to get a permit?

Once an application is submitted, the information is reviewed for compliance to the BC Building Code, Zoning Bylaws and other acts and bylaws that may affect health and safety. It normally takes 12-14 weeks for the initial review of a building permit application. Once issued, building permits are valid for 3 years. Permits are processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

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