Building permits are required for new construction of buildings and structures, and for additions and alterations to existing buildings or structures. Almost all new construction and renovations will require a permit.
Some of the more common types of work that require a permit are listed below.
• constructing a new building
• building new or removing loadbearing or non-loadbearing walls
• relocating or demolishing a building or structure
• tenant improvements for your business
• changing the occupancy or type of use of a commercial space
• completing unfinished space
• constructing, covering or enclosing a porch or sundeck
• relocating bathroom fixtures or increasing bathroom size/fixtures
• installing a wood-burning appliance
• building a masonry chimney or fireplace
• installing a woodstove
• constructing retaining walls higher than 1.5m
• replacing entire perimeter drainage system
• legitimizing or building a secondary suite
• constructing accessory buildings larger than 10m²
Typical maintenance projects can be completed without a permit. Some examples are:
• replacing existing roofing material
• upgrading existing windows (same size)
• repairing or replacing existing plumbing fixtures
• painting, flooring or new cabinetry
• constructing a shed smaller than 10 sq. metres – must comply with zoning
• fences – must comply with zoning
A Plumbing Permit is needed for, but is not limited to:
• installation of a new fixture, such as a sink or shower
• removing of a fixture or part of a plumbing system
• extension or installation of a sanitary sewer, storm sewer or water service
• installation or alteration of a fire sprinkler system or standpipe system
• installation or alteration of a footing drain or storm drain system
• installation of any back-flow prevention
A Plumbing Permit may not be required for minor modifications such as:
• replacing existing fixtures in same location
• repairing existing fixtures
If you are unsure whether you need a permit, please contact the buildng official before starting any construction, to find out if you can proceed without applying for and receiving a permit.
The current Building Bylaw Building Bylaw No. 1165, 2014 can be found in Publications, Forms & Bylaws.
Visit our development applications section for more information on various development applications that may need to be completed in order to move forward with your build, such as development variance permits, development permits, rezoning, board of variance and more.
Hazard Covenant Registration Process For properties located in an area suspected to be subject to hazards such as steep slopes, subsidence due to liquifiable soils or flooding due to proximity to the coastal flood plain, the District Building Official will require a geotechnical hazard assessment in accordance with Section 56 of the Community Charter. Visit our Official Community page and view the associated Official Community Plan schedules to find out if your property might be located in a area with steep slopes or in proximity to the coastal flood plain.
Where to Find Property Information such as land survey plans, property boundaries, easements and rights of way.
Building Permit Applications
Complete building permit applications and the required $120 application fee may be submitted in person during our office hours. Please note that only complete submissions will be processed. Follow the Building Permit Checklist to ensure you have a complete submission.
If information is missing, staff will contact you by phone or email.
Once your application has been processed you will receive instructions by email regarding fee payment and receiving your permit documents. Construction shall begin within six months from the date of issuance and the work will not be discontinued or suspended for a period of more than six months.
**If you are the owner of a property and would like to authorize someone to act on your behalf on for the permit application you are required to fill out the owners authorisation form.
If you are planning of demolishing a structure(s) that measure more than 108 square feet on your property, demolition permits are required. Each structure on a property measuring more than 108 square feet require a separate permit.
The links below contain the necessary information you need to submit in order to help speed up processing your permit.
Building Permit Fees
The District of Ucluelet uses residential cost estimating software to estimate the value of new residential construction. The estimates are used to calculate the cost of the building permit. Other types of construction require quotes to be submitted as part of your application. Please see the "Building Permit Guide above for more details on fees that may apply.
The current Fees and Charges Bylaw can be found in Publications, Forms & Bylaws.
The District of Ucluelet strives to accommodate all inspection requests and specific days or times may be requested, but cannot always be accommodated due to the volume and nature of building inspections. Once a date for your inspection has been confirmed by the Building Official, please ensure the premises is readily accessible between the hours of 9am until 4:30pm on that date. If someone cannot be present to admit the Official, arrangements must be made to permit entry (doors unlocked, hidden keys, entry codes, etc.)
Construction must be uncovered and readily visible, required documentation must be onsite or previously emailed, and plumbing tests must be on for at least 15 minutes prior to the inspector’s arrival.
For more information on Building Permits please contact the Municipal Inspector: