Building Inspection

A Building or Plumbing Permit is required when you wish to: 

  • Construct a new home
  • Construct a new accessory building such as a carport, garage or storage shed
  • Construct a farm building
  • Construct a temporary building
  • Renovate existing buildings
  • Undertake any structural work such as interior partitions
  • Decks having a difference in elevation to grade exceeding 2 feet
  • Enclose a porch or roof over a sundeck
  • Construct a retaining wall retaining more than 5 feet of soil
  • Move a building
  • Locate a manufactured home, modular home or other engineered structure as required by the BC Building Code
  • Construct an addition
  • Install a pool (re. fencing requirements)
  • Demolish a building or structure
  • Change the use or occupancy of a building
  • Renovate your dwelling to create a secondary suite
  • Install a fire alarm system
  • Install commercial kitchen ventilation equipment
  • Install a new drainage or water piping system in any building
  • Alter or remodel a plumbing system
  • Install a fire suppression system

Permit processing and plan review turnaround times are dependent upon the workloads of staff. All attempts are made to ensure complete and accurate building permit applications are issued within 4 weeks of application. However, the construction industry is seasonal and you should expect longer wait times in the spring and early fall periods. Please plan ahead and call your local office for the processing times currently experienced by applicants.

The Building Inspection Department provides a public service to builders and property owners. The building permit process requires new buildings to be reviewed to ensure compliance with the British Columbia Building Code (and the standards it references) and Regional District Bylaws.

The RDCK Building Bylaw regulates building construction and clarifies the responsibility of property owners and builders in the Central Kootenay. The British Columbia Building Code applies to the construction, addition, alteration and change of use of most buildings.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay has a staff of Building / Plumbing Officials who provide information to the public, review plans for potential deficiencies and provide inspections at specified intervals.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay provides inspection services in Electoral Areas A to K as well as in the municipalities of Kaslo, Nakusp, New Denver, Salmo, Silverton and Slocan. RDCK Building Officials are located in Nelson, Creston and Nakusp. For inspections in the municipalities of Castlegar, Creston or Nelson, please contact those municipalities specifically.

The content on this page was last updated May 17 2018 at 9:19 AM