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BC Building Code Change

On December 19, 2014 new energy efficiency and ventilation requirements will come into effect for all Part 9 buildings.

All building applications received by December 18, 2014 will be processed under the current 2012 BC Building Code.

All building permits applied for on or after December 19th will be reviewed for compliance to the new energy efficiency and ventilation requirements.

For specific details about the changes, please visit the Homeowner Protection Office or Building Safety and Standards Branch websites.

 

The BC Building Code 2012 applies to all Building and Plumbing Permit Applications received from December 20, 2012.

Listed below are some of the more common permits you may need for Building and Development in Saanich.

Building Permits
PLEASE NOTE: Most application forms are in LEGAL (8.5" x 14") size. If downloading a form, please ensure entire application is printed.

Other Permits

The Municipality does not issue the following permits:

  • Electrical Permits: contact the BC Safety Authority at 250-952-4444
  • Gas Permits: contact the BC Safety Authority at 250-952-4443
  • Septic Field Information: contact VIHA at 250-519-3401
  • Potable Water Supply: contact VIHA at 250-519-3401

Please note: Development Cost Charges will be applied to specified Building Permits and Development Proposals, contact the Development Section at 250-475-5570 or 250-475-5410.

Fees are provided for convenience only and are subject to change without notice.


Blasting Permit

Application Form

Permission to blast within Saanich.

Requirements:

  • To obtain a Blasting Permit you must fill out a Blasting Permit Application form which can be obtained from Inspection Services.
  • An approved Building Permit or an approved Engineering Servicing Drawing, must be in place prior to applying for a Blasting Permit.
  • A completed "Proof of Insurance" document, completed by your Insurance Agent is required, indicating $2,000,000 liability.
  • A valid Saanich Business Licence.

Contact: Inspection Services 250-475-5457

Fee: $30.00 (subject to change)


Building Moves

Application Form

Permission to move a building in and/or out of Saanich.

Requirements:

  • An Application for Building Permit must be filled out. See Building Permit requirements (they may or may not apply but must be taken into consideration)
  • Tax Collector reviews plans to determine the assessed value is 1.25 times the average assessed value of all dwellings within 200' from boundaries of the building area prior to approval.

Contact: Engineering Department at 250-475-5575, or Building Inspections at 250-475-5457

Fees: (subject to change)

  • To remove a building from a site in Saanich: a fee of $100 plus deposits and other fees as determined when applying.
  • To move a building onto a site in Saanich: this fee is based on the value of the building plus the value of work required, a minimum of $100.

Building Permit - Single Family

PLEASE NOTE: Most application forms are in LEGAL (8.5" x 14") size. If downloading a form, please ensure entire application is printed.

Permission to build, including all work related to building in Saanich, such works as enclosing carports, finishing a basement or constructing any new interior or exterior walls.

On April 18, 2005 the Municipality of Saanich implemented a new Single Family Building Permit Review process.

A processed permit is defined as either permit ready for issue or a comprehensive letter outlining all conditions or corrections required to secure an issued permit.

Download our application packages below:

Only complete applications will be accepted for processing. A complete application will include:

  1. Five (5) complete sets of plans (three (3) for a demolition permit) - See page two of application for detailed plan requirements
  2. Completed application form
  3. Current certificate of title (dated within 30 days) plus any copies of any encumbrances registered against the parcel (not required for interior renovation permits)
  4. Owner signature or Authorization of Owner if Agent is making application
  5. Application fees

Supplemental information is available to assist clients with preparing a correct permit application submission. This information is listed below or can be obtained from the Inspection Services Department at the Saanich Municipal Hall.

  1. How to complete application form
  2. Q & A - Single Family Building Permits
  3. Q & A - Trees and Construction in Saanich
  4. Additional Permit Information

Inquiries pertaining to Tree Preservation on private property and/or to apply for a Permit for pruning and/or removal of a Bylaw Protected Tree contact the Parks Office at 250-475-5522 apply for a permit online.

Complete Tree Preservation Bylaw (PDF 50KB)
Schedule A part 1 (266 KB)
Schedule A part 2 (432 KB)

Please contact the Inspection Services Department at 250-475-5457 for additional information or assistance.


Building Permit - Secondary Suites

For information on Secondary Suites please visit our Legal Secondary Suites page.


Building Permit - Commercial, Industrial and Multi-Residential

Application Form

PLEASE NOTE: Most application forms are in LEGAL (8.5" x 14") size. If downloading a form, please ensure entire application is printed.

Permission to build, including all work related to building in Saanich, such works as enclosing carports, finishing a basement or constructing any new interior or exterior walls.

Requirements:

  • Zoning must be in place prior to application, contact the Planning Department at 250-475-5471. (Zoning requirement information includes: permitted use, setbacks, maximum building and floor areas, maximum building height, and maximum lot coverage.
  • Building permits for commercial, industrial, or multi-family development will require an approved development permit.
  • If a commercial, industrial or multi-family development is deemed exempt from a development permit as outlined in the Exemptions criteria in the document Development Permit Areas: Justification and Guidelines, but the building permit value would exceed $100,000, these developments will be required to be considered by the Design Panel.
  • An Application for Building Permit must be filled in and a non-refundable deposit paid (see Fee section).
  • If not the owner, you need a letter of authorization from the property owner.
  • If a Contractor is doing the works, they must have a valid business licence.
  • Plans:
    • 5 sets of drawings for new commercial
    • 5 sets of plans for leasehold/tenant improvements
    • all containing: Site Plan, All Floor Plans, All Building elevations and Building Sections/Details
    • All plan-sets are to be submitted in the following set order: Architectural, Structural, Mechanical, Plumbing, Fire Suppressions, Electrical, other
  • All approved services installed (Contact the Engineering Department at 250-475-5575 to confirm if drawings indicating location of Municipal services are available.
  • For septic fields and potable water supply information, contact VIHA at 250-519-3401.
  • A Tree Permit may be required, contact the Parks Dept. at 250-475-5494.
  • Subdivisions must be registered at B.C. Land Registry before the application can be accepted for processing.
  • A Geotechnical Engineer's report may be required, (depending on site conditions). If so, Letters of Assurance must be submitted as well.
  • When a registered professional provides Letters of Assurance, he or she shall obtain and keep in force professional liability insurance and shall provide proof of such insurance to the building official through the Declaration of Insurance Coverage form.

Contact: Inspection Services 250-475-5457

Fees: (subject to change)
Fees charges are based on the value of construction, as determined by the Manager of Inspections Services:

  • 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 extension: $50
  • Non-refundable Application Fee: for construction value of $6,000 or less: $30. For construction value greater than $6,001: $100.00

Building Permit - Temporary

Please contact Inspection Services at 250-475-5457

Permission to construct a temporary building in Saanich. Requirements and fees are as above (some Permit requirements may or may not apply but must be taken into consideration).


Chimney/Fireplace/Woodstove

Application Form

Permission to install/construct a chimney, fireplace, and/or woodstove in Saanich.

Requirements:

  • An Application for Chimney/Fireplace/Woodstove Permit filled out.
  • If not the owner, you need a letter of authorization from the homeowner.
  • If a Contractor is doing the works, they must have a valid business licence. Provide make and/or model number of Woodstove.

Contact: Inspection Services 250-475-5457

Fees: (subject to change)

  • A single chimney or Woodstove: $50.00
  • Chimney: $40.00
  • Fireplace: $30.00
  • Solid fuel burning stove, range, furnace, boiler or space heating appliance: $30.00
  • Minimum chimney, fireplace and solid wood burning appliance: $50.00

Deposit of Fill or Soil Removal

Application Form

Permission to deposit or remove fill within Saanich.

Requirements:

  • An Application for Deposit of Fill or Soil Removal Permit is to be filled out.
  • If not the owner, you need a letter of authorization from the homeowner.
  • If a Contractor is doing the works, they must have a valid business licence.
  • A site plan showing the area where the fill is going to be deposited or soil is to be removed (including all natural water courses).
  • A drawing indicating the profile of existing and proposed grades and cross sections must be supplied.

Contact: Development Services 250-475-5570.

Fees: (subject to change)

  • Permit fee is $100
  • Plus a calculated Surety Deposit (refundable): $500 for first 50,000 cubic metres or less for each one-half hectare or part of. If the deposit of fill is over 50,000 cubic metres, the amount is calculated at $1,500 per each one-half hectare or part of.

Driveway Access

Application Form

Permission to construct an access over Municipal property to homeowners property within Saanich.

Requirements:

  • An Application for Driveway Access must be filled out.
  • If your are not the owner, a letter of authorization from the homeowner is required.
  • If a Contractor is doing the work, they must have a valid business licence.
  • A copy of sketch indicating proposed driveway location, complete with water meter, trees, fire hydrants, and power pole locations must be supplied.

Contact: Development Services 250-475-5570.

Fees: (subject to change)

No permit fee, but a refundable Calculated Surety Deposit (refundable) is required, the amount is calculated on the type of crossing required.


Plumbing

Plumbing Permit Change - Drainage works

Effective March 1, 2014 Plumbing permits for installing storm laterals, sanitary sewer lines, rain water leader systems or waterlines can only be issued to and the work can only be performed by an individual who meets one of the following criteria:

a) possess a Canadian tradesman’s qualification certification as a plumber,

b) be an indentured apprentice supervised by a journeyman who meets the criteria set out in Clause (a), or

c) be the registered owner and occupant or intended occupant of the single family dwelling in which the plumbing work will occur.

For further information see Sentence 1.2.3.1.(1), Division A of the BC Plumbing Code or contact Saanich Inspections 250-475-5457 or Inspections@saanich.ca

 

Plumbing Permits - Drainage Works Information Bulletin
Effective March 1, 2014

Application Form

Permission to install plumbing system within Saanich.

All plumbing contractors must include their tq number & signature on all submitted applications

Requirements:

  • An Application for Plumbing Permit is to be filled out.
  • If not the owner, you need a letter of authorization from the homeowner.
  • If a Contractor is doing the works, they must have a valid business licence and a Plumbing Certificate.

Contact: Inspection Services 250-475-5457

Shower Pan Diagram (click to view larger)

Shower Pan

Fees: (subject to change)

  • Each fixture: $19.00
  • Completion only if new permit required and rough-in previously completed: $10.00
  • Any alteration or replacement (not involving fixture installation): Min. $50.00
  • Each internal roof leader: $10.00
  • House storm drain or sanitary sewer to property line: $50.00
  • Private storm drains or sanitary sewer greater than .1mm (4") or longer than 76 m (250') per 30.5 m (100'): $50.00
  • Manholes or interceptors: $50.00
  • Pumping stations: $50.00
  • Sprinkler systems 1-8 sprinkler heads: $50.00, each additional 20 sprinkler heads: $30.00
  • Standpipe hose outlets: $20.00
  • Fire hydrants: $50.00
  • Hot water storage tank: $20.00
  • Residential irrigation system: $50.00
  • Commercial irrigation system: $100.00
  • Floor drain for hot water tank: $10.00
  • Water and drain connection for swimming pool: $30.00
  • Minimum plumbing permit fee: $50.00
  • Water service connection to property line: $50.00

Sign Permit

Please see our Sign Permit page.


Swimming Pool

Application Form

Permission to construct/install a swimming pool within Saanich.

Requirements:

  • An Application for Building Permit must be filled out.
  • If not the owner, you need a letter of authorization from the homeowner.
  • If a Contractor is doing the works, they must have a valid business licence.
  • A plan must be supplied showing location of pool and all water supply piping, waste piping and all related fittings, and the mandatory fence enclosure dimensions.
  • A separate permit for a swimming pool fence must be obtained.

Contact: Inspection Services 250-475-5457

Fees: (subject to change)

  • Separate Swimming Pool Fence Permit Fee: $15.00
  • Fees are calculated depending on application, see Building Permit fees above.
Last modified: October 01, 2014