A Plumbing Permit will be required to build, extend or repair any plumbing system, or to make a connection to any sewer system.
If you’re installing or modifying a heating system, including a wood stove or fireplace, permits are also required. This is to ensure your safety, protect your investment and make sure your home adheres to local regulations and code.
About Your Building Permit
You’ll need a permit to:
- Install a new fixture in a new location, such as a sink or shower
- Remove a fixture or part of a plumbing system
- Replace or repair water or sewer services
- Install any back-flow prevention valve
- Install or alter a fire sprinkler system or standpipe system
- Install or alter a footing drain or storm drain system
- Install or modify heating systems
- Install wood stoves or fireplaces
A permit is not required for minor modifications such as:
- Replacing existing fixtures in the same location
- Repairing existing fixtures
Plumbing permits have a fee of $85 at the time of application. Methods of payment are debit, cheque, cash at City Hall or credit card payments via our online Payment Portal.
You can review the Building Department Fee Schedule for the full list of fees, including some flat fee permit types, reductions and other administrative fees. Our fees do change periodically, so please review the Fee Schedule to ensure the most current fees.
While there are no guaranteed timelines for building permits, we strive to issue permits in a timely manner. The timeline for all building permits depends on the completeness of the application, how quickly the City's comments are responded to, and volume of applications to be reviewed by each review group.
Use MyCity to check on the status of your building permit, find out who the permit it has been assigned to, see any fees and charges and schedule inspections once permit is issued.
Upon receiving a completed permit application, the building department endeavours to provide confirmation that a permit can be issued, or a written deficiency list provided within the noted time frames.
Your project may qualify for a Residential Xpress (RXp) Building Permit, with the City's goal to review eligible applications within 1-14 business days. To learn more, contact our Building Department at 250-490-2571 or email@example.com
Xpress Permits: Emergency Plumbing Repairs 24 hours Xpress Permits (including demolition permits): Other Residential and Commercial Xpress 5-14 days
Emergency Repairs and Restoration Permits are given priority.
Some projects requiring multi-department reviews may take longer. Please contact our office if you are making a large project application to arrange for a pre-application meeting.