Development Approval/Licensing

All new commercial/industrial construction requires development and building permits. Major renovations typically require building permits. If you are changing the use of the building/space you are moving into, development permits are often required. Plan ahead and avoid red tape by acquiring all relevant municipal permits prior to operation.

Fees are levied on new construction to cover the municipality’s infrastructure costs associated with new development:

Castlegar Development Cost Charges

  • Commercial - $12.21/m2
  • Industrial - $5.66/m2
  • Single family residential – $4803/lot
  • Multi-family residential - $3618/lot

Building permit fees are charged for new construction or renovation work:

  • First $2000.00 - $35.00 plus $7.00/every additional $1000.00 (for rate information - Bylaw 950 - Schedule A).

For development/building permit/business license forms (note applications include relevant fee schedules) and brochures -

All businesses are required to obtain a business license (average fee - $100). A business license signifies to the public and other businesses that you have met municipal licensing and other Municipal Bylaw requirements and are permitted to operate your business. The onus is on the individual business to determine whether a Provincial license is required.

For more information about provincial business licensing and assistance with business start- up/expansion:

Government of B.C.

Government of Canada