Permit Q & As

Answers

  1. When do I need a building permit?

    You need a building permit for all new buildings over 10 sq m (107 sq ft).  You also need one if you want to alter, reconstruct, demolish, deconstruct, remove or relocate an existing building. (Saanich Building Bylaw [PDF - 83 KB]

  2. How can I ensure my plans meet municipal bylaw requirements?

    Staff in the Planning Department will interpret the Zoning Bylaw [PDF - 14.8 MB] and the Building Code.  See the following brochures for additional information:

  3. How do I apply for a building permit?

    You can get building permit application forms at the Municipal Hall or on-line.  All submission requirements are listed.  We don’t accept incomplete applications. 

  4. Why do the building permit application forms ask for so much information?

    In order to process your application in a timely manner, staff need adequate and complete information so they can ensure it complies with regulatory restrictions.  If it’s incomplete, it will take longer to get your permit.

  5. How do I deal with roof and ground storm water?

    We recommend you contact Engineering to find out what storm and sanitary sewer connections currently exist for the property.  They can also share if you need­­ any upgrades or connections.  Call 250-475-5570.

  6. Once I start construction, what building inspections do I need and how do I manage them?

    We outline the inspections you need on your permit.  Book them by calling the Inspections Booking Clerk at 250-475-5458, 48 hours in advance. 

  7. What is HPO and why do I need it?

    HPO is the Homeowners Protection Office.  Provincial legislation requires a third party warranty for all new dwelling units.  For more information, call the HPO office at 1-800-407-7757 or visit their website at hpo.bc.ca.

  8. How much will a building permit cost?

    We base fee charges [PDF - 83 KB] on the value of construction, as determined by the Manager of Inspections Services.

    Non-refundable application fee:

    • For construction value of $6,000 or less:  $30
    • For construction value of $6,001 or more:  $100

    Final building permit fees:

    • For permits $1,000 or less in value:  $50
    • For permits greater than $1,000:  $50 for the first thousand plus $13 per thousand or part for the next $499,000, plus $10 per thousand or part for all the value greater than $500,000.
    • For one-year extension:  $50
  9. Will I need additional fees or permits?

    Yes, you could need additional permits and fees.  These could include plumbing, fireplace, chimney and wood burning appliance permits.  Additional fees could include water meter fees, service hookup fees including storm water and sanitary sewer connections.  To find out if any of these fees will apply please contact the Inspections Department at 250-475-5457. 

  10. Will I be charged a surety deposit?

    Yes.  You need a $500 surety deposit for construction on a building permit issued for works on existing buildings and $1,000 deposit for construction of new buildings.  You’ll get a refund after final inspection and issuance of any occupancy permit, providing there is no damage to public property.

  11. Can I cut down trees or trim them before I get a building permit?

    No. You may need a tree permit under the Tree Preservation Bylaw [PDF - 214 KB].  Read the bylaw and a Q & A information brochure, "Trees and Construction in Saanich" on-line or by request.  Call the Parks Department at 250-475-5522 with all tree questions.

  12. How can I find out if my lot has any covenants, easements or rights-of-way registered against it?

    You’ll need to submit a certificate of title from the Land Title Office as part of your building permit application package.  This certificate will identify any encumbrances listed against your property.  Saanich staff can give you information and clarification on information registered against title.  It is your responsibility to be aware of any that could affect any planned building designs.

    Note:  Saanich does not enforce any private covenants registered against the property.