Graded Site-Cut Timber

Graded Site-Cut Timber Rebate

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The BC Building code requires lumber used for structural purposes to bear a stamp from an accredited grading agency. Homeowners from an RDN Electoral Area who harvest and use timber on the same site are eligible for a rebate when using stamped and graded site-cut timber for structural use in renovations and new construction requiring a building permit. 

To arrange for an Inspection (including stamping and grading), homeowners should contact Canadian Mill Services Association (CMSA) at 604-523-1288 or the Pacific Lumber Inspection Bureau (PLIB) at 604-732-1782. Alternatively, you can email Stuart Sing from the Canadian Mill Services Association - sing [at] or call 604-230-2661.

The inspector will come to the site, and grade and Grade Stamp the lumber according to the Joists & Planks grading rules. Costs typically range between $400-$800 per inspection, though the total cost will depend on travel, time on site, and expenses including the cost of the grade stamps.


Rebate Amount


Note: The rebate will not exceed the value of the fee charged for the grading service as shown on the receipt

Apply For Your Rebate

Required Documents

Steps to Apply

1.    Contact a service provider (see above) to arrange an inspection to get lumber stamped and graded.
2.    Collect the required documents, listed in the table above. 
3.    Apply online (preferred method), or by email, mail, or in-person to the RDN. 

Apply Online

Submit the required documents to the link below

Apply for your rebate website link

Please allow 4-6 weeks for processing and delivery of your rebate cheque.

Other Ways to Apply

Submissions can be made to the Regional District of Nanaimo by mail or in person. Our office is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding statutory holidays. 

Download and complete the program application form.

Attach the required documents:

  • Program application form
  • Copy of the original receipt

Submit documents to by email, mail or in person at the RDN Administration Building:

sustainability [at] 

Graded Site-Cut Timber Incentive
c/o Sustainability Coordinator
6300 Hammond Bay Road
Nanaimo, B.C. V9T 6N2



sustainability [at]