Building Regulation and Inspection
BC ENERGY STEP CODE
The City of Castlegar has recently committed to the implementation of the BC Energy Step Code. The BC Energy Step Code is a provincial regulation that local governments in British Columbia may use if they wish to incentivize or require a level of energy efficiency in new construction that goes above and beyond the requirements of the base building code. The City has committed to integrated Step 1 of the BC Energy Step Code into its Building Bylaw by December 2020 and to adopting the lower steps (Steps 2 and 3) by December 2022.
To find out what this may mean to you and your development we encourage you to visit the BC Energy Step Code website or view the resources available from the Community Energy Association. More information on this initiative can be obtained from our Development Services team or can be found on Castlegar Connects. Training and resources will be made locally available over the next year in support of this initiative. Support for this initiative has been provided by the Regional District of Central Kootenay, City of Nelson, Town of Creston, Fortis BC and the Community Energy Association.
WHEN DO I NEED A BUILDING PERMIT
The City of Castlegar Building Bylaw No. 950 requires that a building permit must be obtained prior to any construction, reconstruction, installation, repair, alteration, or demolition being carried out on any building or structure and includes, but is not limited to:
- constructing a new building or an addition to an existing building
- construction of a new accessory building or structure over 9.5 square meters in area
- repair, renovation or demolition of existing buildings, including exterior refinishing and chimney and fireplaces
- placement of a mobile home on a mobile home pad and additions to a mobile home
- complete a previously unfinished area in an existing building
- installation of swimming pools, chimneys or fireplaces and solid fuel burning appliances
- alterations to a plumbing system
- sundecks and fences
- roofing (including replacing roofs and re-roofing)
- sidewalks and paving (including driveways)
- moving a building (either into the City or out of the City)
- prior to a change in the occupancy of a building or part of the building
WHAT CAN I DO WITHOUT A BUILDING PERMIT?
- window or door repair and exchange (if the replacement window or door is of the same size as the existing window or door)
- installation of new cupboards, linoleum, carpet or paint
- storage and garden sheds for residential use that do not exceed 10 square meters (however these buildings must comply with all other applicable bylaws).