Learn more about the building permit application process including required documentation, checklists, fees, and inspections.
Building permits are required before you build, demolish, repair or alter most buildings, decks, mezzanines, retaining walls, garages, carports, secondary suites, swimming pools, plumbing, sprinklers, furnaces or structures in the City of Pitt Meadows. Follow the steps for submitting a building permit application below.
Step-by-Step Guide to Building Permits:
Step 1: Preparation
Compile all required documentation and research according to your Building Permit Application requirements. See the checklists and forms below for the City’s requirements for common projects. If you have any questions about:
- The application process: please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions
- The process or requirements for Demolition permits: please contact Planning & Development Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-465-2428.
Please note: you may apply for your building permit before you have all of the following, however you will not be able to obtain your permit or start building until the requirements have been met.
Step 3: Application Review
The City’s Building & Developments department will review your application. Staff will reach out if additional details about your application are required. Permit processing takes an average of 8 to 10 weeks for non-complex projects, and 12 to 16 weeks for complex projects. You will be contacted by the City as soon as your permit is ready.
Step 4: Building Permit Granted
The City will contact you as soon as your building permit application is approved. Permits are issued upon the condition that the permit shall expire and the rights of the owner under the permit shall terminate if:
- The work authorized by the permit is not commenced with 6 months from the date of issuance of the permit, or
- The work is discontinued for a period of 12 months.
Please review and follow the terms of your building permit. You now have permission to build your approved project, you will need to complete various inspections before occupancy is granted.
Inspections are part of the permitting process, to ensure buildings meet current structural, health, security and fire protection safety standards. When your Building Permit is issued, you will be informed about the required inspections that must be completed during the building process. Essential inspections are required before concealing or burying any building component. The number of inspections will vary for each project and will be confirmed by the Building Inspector.
Inspections can be booked online with MyInspections or by calling 604-465-2428. Please provide the permit number, address of the job site, required inspection and contact information. All work being inspected must be complete and ready prior to inspection. Work must not proceed past any of the stages listed without prior clearance.
Step 6: Building Permit Complete
A building permit is considered complete when all aspects of the plan submitted for the permit have been completed. In the case of a new building, an Occupancy Permit will be issued when all inspections are satisfactorily complete, and once all final documents and list of sub-trades (for business license compliance) are submitted.