Building permits are required for any new construction, alteration or addition to a structure in the Regional District of Nanaimo Electoral Areas. A registered owner or agent for the owner may apply for the building permit. Construction must commence 6 months from date of issuance, and must be completed within 2 years. It is the responsibility of the owner or his agent to call for the required inspections.
Building Permit Application Checklist:
Please ensure you have all the required documents and information before bringing in your building permit application. Only complete applications will be accepted for processing.
Application information such as: owners name address and telephone number, legal description of the property, builders name address and telephone number (if applicable). Applications must be submitted to the RDN in person.
Two site plans, complete with side, front and rear setbacks, lot coverage, access and driveway locations, setbacks to adjacent watercourses and all existing buildings located on site. (Site plan preferred on 8 1/2 x 11" paper and not accepted on graph paper).
A BC Land Survey Certificate showing existing grading elevations, proposed building location and construction height if building falls within 1 ft of allowable height.
Two complete sets of scaled plans (1/4" = 1') must include the following information: all rooms and spaces must be labelled for use, all door and window sizes required. Structural details i.e. beam size; joist and truss direction and construction details must be indicated. (Not accepted on graph paper.) Drawings Required:
Roof truss / rafter layout & manufactured floor system or beam layout (if applicable) with factored loads
NOTE: Engineers certification required for FULL foundation if factored loads exceed 9,000 lbs and for all structural members supporting loads of 20,000 lbs +.
Filing of Sewerage (if not connected to municipal system)
Sustainable Development Guide – use this guide with the Sustainable Development Checklist as a resource on how to optimize the performance of your building while minimizing its impact on the natural environment.