Are you contemplating a new design build project, be it residential or commercial? If so, building codes and permits are an important part of the process.
Building codes and their subsequent permits are in place to ensure high building standards and compliance with all code regulations are met. Before any of the actual work can begin, building permits must be applied for and obtained.
According to the City of Vancouver Building Permits, when undertaking new construction or renovations, building permits are required for but not limited to:
- New construction, including accessory buildings (garage, carport, etc.)
- Additions or exterior alterations
- Changes to the use of a building or land (either all or in part)
- Structural renovations
- Demolition of a building (either all or in part)
The timeline varies for the district in which you are applying, as well as the size of your project. For one and two family dwelling renovations and additions, it could be approximately 3 to 5 months. If it is a very small project, like a bathroom or kitchen renovation, it will likely take less time to obtain a city building permit approval.
Work must commence within 6 moths from the date the permit was issued. As well, an inspection within this timeframe must occur. If either of these two points are not met, the City of Vancouver requires that a new permit be obtained. If this were to occur, this means more money and time wasted. Obviously, not something anyone plans for or wants. That is why it is imperative that you make sure the Contractor you hire for your project has a good, thorough understanding of the building codes so that they can reduce the chance of change requests from your building inspections.
Either way, it is important to over-estimate the time required for the permit application process so that you will not be disappointed. It happens from time to time, that disagreements arise within the City of Vancouver regarding what is required from building inspector to building inspector. It is critical to keep a record of all correspondence, dates, times, and contacts to keep things clear. This is something that we, at Well Balanced Designs, excel at and are experienced at managing these important but time-consuming details.
To be frank, while many might disagree, building codes are a necessity. By adhering to the building codes established by the City, we are ensuring that the buildings we live and work in are safe.