Development Cost Charges
For information on development cost charges, click here.
Strata Titling Process
For information about converting an existing unit into a strata property, click here.
Typically a preliminary application is received by the City's Approving Officer for any subdivision of land or boundary adjustment in Victoria. Prior to submitting a preliminary application, please contact City Zoning staff at 250.361.0316 or 250.361.0536 with regards to any subdivision of property to ensure compliance to existing Zoning Regulations.
You may need to seek Council approval for your proposed subdivision if your proposal requires an amendment to the Zoning Bylaw. This will need to be completed before the City's Approving Officer can issue a formal response.
A preliminary site service plan will be required as part of your application to subdivide, as you will need to confirm that your property can be fully serviced. Servicing guidelines are available below, along with a request form for mapping information using the digital request form. There is a nominal fee based on the size (per KB) of the file which is approximately $25.
A Site Profile, under the BC Waste Management Act, shall be completed and submitted with your proposed subdivision application. This Site Profile identifies whether the land (s) have been used for industrial and commercial purposes or has had fuel storage buried within the land(s).
- Subdivision Application Form [PDF - 76 KB]
- Digital Information Request Form [PDF - 249 KB]
- Schedule 1 - Site Profile [PDF - 117 KB]
- Site Servicing Plan - Type A (Residential) [PDF - 72 KB]
- Site Servicing Plan - Type B (Commercial) [PDF - 97 KB]
If you are considering opening a sidewalk café in Victoria, you need to familiarize yourself with the City's Sidewalk Café Bylaw. Both the Bylaw and a Sidewalk Café Application Form are available below.
Driveway Crossing Permits
The Land Development Division of the Engineering Department reviews and approves all new Driveway Crossing Applications not associated with building permit activity within the City of Victoria.
For new driveway crossing upgrades that are not part of the Building Permit Process an application and approval is required prior to you upgrading your driveway.
New driveways will need to conform to the Highway Access Bylaw [PDF - 17 KB].
- Highway Access Bylaw, Amendment Bylaw (No. 1) - No. 93-116 [PDF - 5 KB]
- Schedule A - Driveway Crossing Application [PDF - 32 KB]
- Schedule B - Typical Driveway Crossings [PDF - 50 KB]
- Schedule C - Typical Driveway Sight Line Clearance [PDF - 24 KB]
- STD 106 - Site Plan for Driveway Crossing Applications [PDF - 58 KB]
The application shall include:
- A completed application form
- A scaled plan 1:100
- All existing and proposed street features (street lights, utility poles, trees, hydrants, water meters, sign posts...)
- existing, proposed and redundant driveway crossings with dimensions from property lines
- curbs, sidewalks and onsite parking
A construction permit is required by a contractor who plans to work on the City Right-of-way. This permit is issued in relation to required works or restoration related to a building permit. A Street Occupancy Permit may also be required, please contact the Transportation Division regarding this permit.
In order to issue a Construction Permit, we require the following to be included with your completed application:
- a current Worksafe BC Clearance Letter
- proof of General Liability Insurance with a minimum of $2,000,000
The Land Development Division of the Engineering Department coordinates the review of Building Permit Applications and involves the following divisions within the Engineering Department:
- Underground Utilities: To ensure the water service, sanitary service and storm drain service has the required services as directed by the Plumbing Inspector and to ensure there are no conflicts with other utilities.
- Transportation: To ensure safe vehicle and pedestrian movements to and from and around the site function and the parking functions on the site. Review for conflicts with access points and City of Victoria streets and sidewalks. To ensure the access to the site conforms to the Highway Access Bylaw.
- Streets and Sidewalk Management: To ensure the proposed infrastructure meets the standards of construction for the City of Victoria.
- Land Development: This division co-ordinates agreements between developers and the City of Victoria and processes deposits for new works and damage. The section also does the review of Single Family Dwellings and Duplexes.
Development Permits and Rezoning Applications
The Land Development Division of the Engineering Department coordinates the review of Development, Development Variance Permit and Rezoning Applications.
At these stages, an engineering review for general servicing requirements will be required. The divisions within the Engineering Department will identify items which will be required as part of a building permit.
- Reviews and identifies existing service main locations.
- Identifes the need for Statutory Rights of Way for services, road and access.
- Reviews existing and proposed conditions as they relate to engineering, land use, density site services, traffic safety, form and function.
- Provides additional information and engineering requirements to the applicant related to future stages of the project (Development and Building permit requirements).