Building and Plumbing Permits
Building permits are required before you build, demolish, repair or alter most buildings, decks, retaining walls, garages, carports, and secondary suites. Plumbing permits are required for the alteration of commercial and residential plumbing as well as for the installation of fire supression and irrigation systems.
On July 16, 2018, the City of Courtenay will no longer require separate plumbing permits for projects that have an associated building permit application. The building permit application includes plumbing information, such as number of fixtures and plumbing contractor information, and the plumbing portion of any works will be included in the building permit itself.
Building Permit Application Requirements
- Requirements for Permit Application for Standard Buildings and Structures [PDF - 116 KB]
- Requirements for Permit Applications for Complex Buildings and Structures [PDF - 145 KB]
Geodetic Elevations on Site Plans
Please note that, effective September 1st, 2018, the Building Division will be enforcing section 10.1.3.6 of the City of Courtenay's Building Bylaw No. 2323 for all new building permit applications relating to standard buildings (new residential, new commercial, etc). All submitted site plans should include the final proposed elevations at the four main corners of the building. This will allow City Staff to ensure that the plans comply with the development's lot grading plan.
For properties that require retaining walls, grade heights on either side of the walls shall be included for reference. For any retaining wall exceeding 1.2 meters in height must be accompanied by an engineer's sealed drawings and schedules.
Retaining walls must also comply with the City's Subdivision and Development Bylaw No. 2919:
Section 5.22 Retaining walls: Retaining wall shall be a maximum of 2.4 meters in height. Where larger retaining wall heights are required, they must be constructed as a stepped wall. The step must have a minimum width of 1.8 meters or 75% of the height of the highest adjacent wall.
Application Forms and Fees:
- Building Permit Application Form [PDF - 160 KB]
- Plumbing Permit Application Form [PDF - 58 KB]
- Permit Application Fees [PDF - 182 KB]
- Letter of Authorization Strata Properties [PDF - 47 KB]
- Building Move Permit Handout and Application [PDF - 644 KB]
*Note: plan review fees are due at the time of application, staff will calculate permit fees and any other associated costs due upon issuance of Permits
The following handouts have been created to help understand the plans and attachments required for submission when making permit applications:
- Secondary Suites [PDF - 2.2 MB]
- Glass Guard Bulletin - 2018.pdf [PDF - 119 KB]
- Required Inspections [PDF - 110 KB]
- Guide to Residential Deck Construction [PDF - 336 KB]
- Party Wall Fire Separation [PDF - 333 KB]
- Accessory Buildings and Structures [PDF - 1.3 MB]
- Commercial Tenant Alterations/Improvements [PDF - 302 KB]
- Garage Conversion [PDF - 529 KB]