New Home Building Permits

You'll need a building permit for a new single family, or duplex.  If you are building a multi-family dwelling, please use the commercial/multifamily application [PDF - 359 KB].

Apply for a Building Permit

Please note new residential permits include Mechanical and Plumbing permits.  You are no longer required to apply separately.

You will require the following permits through Technical Safety BC

  • Electrical Permit and/or

  • Gas Permits

Helpful Tips and Resources


Pre-Application Meetings
Planning a building project?  The City offers free pre-application meetings.  During these meetings, you'll share your concept plans with the City's Building and Planning department for some preliminary feedback. This feedback can be used to get a better idea of the development process you'll be going through as you build your project. It will also provide you with a better understanding of the design considerations and ensure that your permit application contains everything our Planning and Building Officials look for. Keep in mind the more information you can provide the City at these meetings, the better feedback we'll be able to give you to help move forward with your application.

Call 250-490-2501 or to book your pre-application meeting.  Please allow 2 work days' notice to schedule.

Speak with Your Neighbour's
The majority of issues can be solved before they become problems through simple communication. The City recommends introducing yourself to any neighbouring residents and providing contact information for the general contractor. This simple step can alleviate a lot of the anxiety that neighbours may feel when they see construction happening.

Here are some things to keep in mind when making an application:

  • Incomplete application packages will not be processed and instead will be returned to the applicant
  • Building Permit Fee and Fine Schedule - Building Fees Schedule [PDF - 153 KB]
  • New homes require proof of registration from Licencing and Consumer Services through BC Housing (formerly Homeowner Protection Office HPO)
  • It could take three to five weeks for an application to be reviewed and processed
  • You can view your permit application status online using your MyCity account

Occupancy of a new home is not permitted until a valid occupancy permit is approved and issued by the City of Penticton.

Please contact the Building Department if you have any questions, call 250-490-2571 or .