Building

 

The primary function and responsibility of the District of Lillooet's Building Department is to administer and enforce the BC Building Code and other development related District bylaws and provincial legislation/regulations.

The Building Department issues building permits, conducts any and all required building inspections. The Building Department is also involved in the processing of Business Licence applications and Sign Permits.
 

Building Permits

One of the chief responsibilities of the Building Department is the issuance of Building Permits.

Every owner shall obtain all required permits or approvals, pay all fees and provide all deposits prior to the commencement of work. Permit applications are to be submitted to the District of Lillooet's Building Department. General guidelines are available when you apply for a permit.

If you are planning to build or do renovations, please contact the Building Official to ask if a permit may be required. Requirements have changed over the past few years.

 

Building Permit Application Requirements

  • A recent (last 30 days) copy of title is required for all building permit applications. The District can pull a copy of title for a $30 fee or you can request one from the Land Titles Office website which costs about $12. 
  • For permit applications that require building plans, two sets of plans are required with the application. One is kept on file and the other is returned to the applicant when the permit is issued and must be kept on site during construction.
  • Most building permit applications require a site plan. Details for what the site plan should include are in the checklists listed below.
  • For permit applications that require an engineer or architect, the plans and schedules included with the permit application must have their original seal or stamp, and be paper copies. Digital submissions or photocopies will not be accepted as these are legal documents. 


Incomplete applications will not be accepted. The current processing time to receive a building permit after a complete application is made is about 2-4 weeks.


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Building Forms and Checklists

CLICK HERE FOR ALL BUILDING PERMIT FORMS
  Building Permit Checklists:
Department staff can assist you in applying for building permits.
 
 

Examples of projects that require a building permit:

  • New siding
  • New windows
  • Any new plumbing works
  • Any Solid-Fuel Burning Applicance (SFBA) including wood or pellet stoves, fireplaces, or furances. 
  • New deck/porch/stairs or replacements
  • Demolition works
  • Finishing basements
  • Adding a suite
  • Change of use for commercial buildings
  • Additions
  • New structures (Residential accessory buildings less than 10m2 MAY not require a permit but are still required to follow applicable setbacks. Ask if a permit is required for any new shed, garage, carport, or workshop.)
  • Moving a mobile home to/from a property within the District
  • Excavation and fill works may require a permit
  • Structural building repairs
  • Fire suppression and alarm systems and alterations
  • Singly family residential roofing replacement does not require a permit IF the replacment roofing is of the same material and no other repair works are required. Permits are required for commercial and multi-family roofing projects. Please contact the Building Official for more information.
This list is not exhaustive. If you are planning to build or do renovations, please contact the Building Official to ask if a permit may be required. Requirements have changed over the past few years.
 

Building Related Bylaws


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Local Construction Information

Noise
Nuisance Bylaw 2006, No.273, Sec. 7
  • No construction noise after 10:00pm and no starting before 7:00 am except for Saturday night when noise is prohibited between 9pm – 9am.
  • No noise from a parked or stopped vehicle for longer than 15 minutes between 10pm and 9am.

Open Burning
Fire Prevention Bylaw No. 461

  • As per municipal bylaws, all persons must obtain a Burning Permit prior to igniting any fires and must strictly adhere to the regulations and requirements of the bylaw.
  • Open Burning is for the purpose of burning yard waste materials and natural vegetation from the property only. The burning of construction materials is prohibited.
  • The season for open burning generally runs from Oct. 15 to May 15. Please consult the local fire hazard and the provincial website for current fire bans.
FireSmart
  • Wildfire is a risk that homeowners need to be prepared for. Check out firesmartbc.ca for info on protecting your property from wildfire.
Construction Site Refuse Disposal
Garbage Collection and Regulation Bylaw No. 296, 2007, Sec. 12&27
  • Property owners or occupiers must make arrangements to legally dispose of waste including:
    • demolition or construction materials
    • ashes, trade waste, wood, or sawdust waste
    • hazardous or dangerous goods
    • appliances, furniture, electronics, mechanical parts, metal, tires, or batteries
    • items that exceed the size or weight allowed for a Garbage Receptacle
  • All construction sites must have a designated container that receives refuse. The container must:
    •  be emptied at the end of each day and stored in a building or trailer; or
    • be stored in a wildlife resistant enclosure; or
    • be a wildlife resistant container.
Commercial Trailer Parking Regulations
Traffic and Parking Regulation Bylaw 2006, No. 275, Sec. 18&19
  • No person shall park a commercial trailer when it is attached to a vehicle on any street for more than two consecutive hours, except when the vehicle is delivering or picking up items.
  • No person shall park a commercial trailer on any street if the trailer is not attached to a vehicle and capable of being pushed or drawn at all times, without first obtaining a written permit from a Bylaw Enforcement Officer.
  • A commercial trailer does not include a recreational trailer or a trailer less than 700 kg.
Earthworks
Earthworks Control Bylaw 1995, No. 644, Sec. 18&19
  • If soils are to be removed from or brought to a site for any purpose where the total volume is greater than 50 m3 and/or the excavation or fill is greater than 1 m depth, an earthworks permit is required. Please contact the Building Official for more information.
Water Connections
  • No person shall turn water on, either by pipe or fire hydrant, connecting to the municipal water system at a site without making an application to the District and paying the required fee.
  • Backflow prevention is required in all buildings as per section 2.6.2 of the BC Plumbing Code.
Permit Information
Building Bylaw No. 2021-006
  • Building/plumbing permits are required for any and all works and “applies to the design, construction or occupancy of new buildings or structures, and the alteration, reconstruction, demolition, removal, relocation, or occupancy or change of use or occupancy of existing buildings or structures.” This includes, but is not limited to, the installation and repair of plumbing works, demolition works, all solid fuel burning appliances, excavation and fill works, finishing basements, siding, window replacement, structural repairs, fire suppression and alarm systems and alterations. Please contact the Building Official for clarification if required.
  • Should work commence prior to issuance of a permit, or a Stop Work or Do Not Occupy notice is posted, the permit fee will be doubled to a maximum $10,000 extra fee (minimum $500).
Inspection Booking
Reminder to provide 48 hours notice for a building inspection.
Please include your address, building permit number, and type of inspection.


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For building and development outside District limits or Reserve lands, please contact the SLRD:
Phone: 604.894.6371
Email: info@slrd.bc.ca
Website: www.slrd.bc.ca  



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