My Building Project Requires Construction. What do I need to Do?

Whether you are building a new building, fixing up and older building or simply changing occupancy within the building you are required to submit application to the Shuswap Development and Building Department.

Residential Housing

The construction of new residential housing requires a Building Permit and may require a Development Permit if it is larger than 10m2.

The construction of an addition to an existing residential housing requires a Building Permit and may require a Development Permit.

An interior renovation in residential housing requires a Building Permit if the total cost of the construction is greater than $1500 or involves electrical modification. Electrical Permits must be acquired through BC Safety as per BC Safety’s requirements. Generally, a Development Permit is not required, unless there is a change in the number of the dwelling units as a result of the renovation. For example if the interior renovation created a new suite in the basement of a house. Contact the Shuswap Development and Building for more information.

 

Commercial Buildings

The construction of new buildings requires a Building Permit and may require a Development Permit if it is larger than 10m2.

The construction of an addition to an existing building requires a Building Permit and may require a Development Permit.

An interior renovation requires a Building Permit if the total cost of the construction is greater than $1500 or involves electrical modification. Electrical Permits must be acquired through BC Safety as per BC Safety’s requirements. Generally, a Development Permit is not required, unless there is a Change of Use of the space. An example of Change of Use would be the change of commercial tenant. Some interior renovations require professional involvement.

Interior renovations are generally classified into two different categories
   Tenancy Change with no building alternations
   Commercial Interior Partitioning

Tenancy Change with no building alternations (form) would be a condition where one tenant is moving out and a different tenant is moving in. If the occupancy classification is the same as the previous tenant then the application is simply to advise the Shuswap Development and Building Department of the change and to ensure that the new occupancy is acceptable for the building’s design.

Commercial Interior Partitioning (form) would be a condition where one tenant is moving out and another moving in with building alterations. Occupancy classification could be the same or different. Or, where an existing tenant or Landlord is renovating the interior space. Alternations would be considered renovating layouts and seating in restaurants, modifying built in reception areas, lobbies, large millwork or other cosmetic alterations that may affect or re-route paths of travel to exits. Many issues arise when relocating partitions. For example; sprinkler head locations and coverage, exit sign locations, emergency lighting, travel distances to exist, occupant load, washroom loading and fire separations.

If your interior alterations require the removal or addition of interior partitions and you are not familiar with the British Columbia Building Code, please contact the Shuswap Development and Building Department to discuss the extent of your project. Depending on the size and occupancy of your building your alternations may require professional involvement. Professional involvement is required in most building where fire separations exist. The Shuswap Development and Building Department can advise you on these requirements.