Engineering Permits

Below are some of the more frequently used permits:

Borehole Permits

A borehole is a deep narrow hole made in the ground.  Drilling a borehole is typically used to find or extract water samples (or other liquids), or to obtain soil samples through the various layers to test for contamination.

Fee:  A permit application fee applies (calculation shown on application form).  The cost of borehole or well monitoring is included in the initial permit fee.
Notice Period:  Five (5) working days to process this permit, for review and approval. 
Borehole Permit Application [PDF - 99 KB].

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Boulevard Permits

A boulevard is the land from your property line to the curb of the roadway, or where there is no curb, to the edge of the shoulder; this may or may not include a sidewalk or multi-use pathway.  When purchasing a property in Saanich, the property owner agrees to maintain this area, however, a permit is required to landscape or alter the boulevard.   If you are unsure where your property line ends and the boulevard begins, please go to the Saanich Geographical Information System (GIS).  Please note: You may only apply for a boulevard permit for the boulevard in front of your own property. 

The District has a Boulevard Regulation Bylaw [PDF - 292 KB] which oversees the maintenance and boulevard permitting processes.  For more planting tips, click here to go to our Boulevards information page.

Fee:  None; however, a fine can be levied if works on a boulevard proceed without a valid boulevard permit.
Notice Period: Ten (10) working days to process this permit, for review and approval.
Boulevard Permit Application [PDF - 374 KB].

Landscaping Plants for Boulevards

Any plants for landscaping must come from the Approved List, or with approval from Saanich.  If you’d like to plant a tree on the boulevard, please contact the Saanich Parks Department at 250-475-5522.

Boulevard Trees

For removal of a tree or to request a new tree please contact the Saanich Parks Department at 250-475-5522.

Boulevard Permits will Not be Approved for:

  • Fences
  • Individual rocks set on the boulevard
  • Gravel placed on the boulevard
  • Parking areas
  • Sheds
  • Retaining walls
  • Hedges on the boulevard

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Change Property Address

A homeowner is able to request that the address of their home is changed, as long as reasonable grounds are provided and proposed numbering makes sense to the houses in the surrounding area. 
An Example of this would be when the address is 1234 Front St, however the driveway access is through Side St and all deliveries are through Side St. and it causes confusion in how to access the property  In this case, the homeowner may request that the address be changed to 5678 Side St.

Fee:  $105
Notice Period:  Twenty (20) working days minimum to process this permit, for review and approval. 
Change Property Address Application.pdf [PDF - 150 KB]

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Fire Hydrant Permit

Do you operate a construction firm and need a supply of water to keep the dust down in the neighbourhood where you’re working? A permit to access water from the fire hydrant allows you to access bulk water for up to 2 (two) days. 

Fee:  $89.25 per day
Notice Period: 24 hours to process this permit, for review and approval.
Fire Hydrant Permit Application [PDF - 89 KB] 

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Permit to Occupy the Road Allowance

A Road Occupancy Permit is required to place a container or object on the road or boulevard, also referred to as ‘occupy a portion of the road allowance’ in front of your home for a specific period of time.  Examples of this would be 

  • Renovating your kitchen and need to place a large waste container on the road allowance
  • Moving and need to park a U-pack storage unit on the boulevard

Please provide a sketch or diagram showing the object that will be occupying the road allowance, relative to the address, pedestrian traffic or street traffic and indicate the purpose.  Also, note that if your occupation of the road will obstruct pedestrian or street traffic in any way, you will need to provide a Traffic Management Plan (TMP) including signage; indicate signage on sketch for clarification.  A Certificate of Liability insurance with 5 million liability and the District of Saanich named as Additional Insured is required. 

Fee:  A permit application fee applies (calculation shown on application form).
Notice Period:  Five (5) working days to process this permit, for review and approval by Public Works Inspector. 

Application for Permit to Occupy a Road Allowance.pdf [PDF - 149 KB]

Do I need Liability Insurance?

Yes.  Saanich requires $5,000,000 third party liability insurance coverage. 
Please have your insurance company fill out a Certificate of Insurance [PDF - 134 KB] form.

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Permit to Work on the Road Allowance

A Work on the Public Road Allowance Permit is required to construct anything on the public road way.  Examples of this would be: 

  • Sidewalks
  • Drains
  • Water Mains
  • Sewers
  • New telephone and hydro poles on the road allowance

Fee:  $20
Notice Period:  Five (5) working days to process this permit, for review and approval. 
Road Allowance Applications  [PDF - 212 KB] 

Do I need Liability Insurance?

Yes.  Saanich requires $5,000,000 third party liability insurance coverage. 
Please have your insurance company fill out a Certificate of Insurance [PDF - 134 KB] form.

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Oversized Vehicle Permit

An Oversized Vehicle Permit is required for any vehicle that is moving a heavy load over the weight guidelines outlined by the Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement (CVSE)

Requirements

  • Completed CVSE 1052  [PDF - 571 KB] available from The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.
  • A Route Map
    • Certify that adequate clearances and protection of overhead and underground infrastructure exists to be submitted by a Professional Engineer registered in the Province of BC. 
    • Certify that there is adequate clearance for trees on the route. 
    • Identify all infrastructure that requires relocation or any tree removals or trimming.  If needed, a certified arborist must be obtained to develop a tree trimming plan.  
      • Saanich will provide an estimate for this work and payment must be received in full before issuing the permit. 

Detailed Move Timeline

  • Scheduled or Anticipated Move Date
  • Outlining the period in which any infrastructure such as streetlights and traffic poles need to be removed. Saanich Public Works stand-by rates will apply beyond the initial hours outlined.  

Detailed Traffic Management Plan

  • Required for each move as well as providing any required traffic control and flag persons. Lane closures must be completed in accordance with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MoTI) Manual for Work on Roadways. 

Fee:  $5
Notice Period:  Five (5) working days to process this permit, for review and approval.  If infrastructure relocation or tree work is required, 15 working days notice is required. 
Oversize Vehicle Permit Application [PDF - 162 KB]

Do I need Liability Insurance?

Yes.  Saanich requires $5,000,000 third party liability insurance coverage.  Please have your insurance company fill out a Certificate of Insurance [PDF - 134 KB] form.

 

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