Permits & Inspections

You're ready to get started on your new development or home renovation. Applying for the proper permits is your first step.


  • Are needed to check that your home or business conforms to City bylaws, BC Building Code, and health and safety standards
  • Enable you to make sure the home you are living in is safe for you and your family
  • Help prevent legal complications when trying to sell your home or business

When do I need a permit?

When you are:

  • building a house, garage or an accessory building over 10 sq. m.
  • replacing existing structures (i.e. stairs, deck, garage)
  • renovating a residential or commercial space (tenant improvements)
  • changing the legal use of the premise or space
  • converting unfinished space to finished space
  • changing or installing any electrical wiring, or upgrade of your electrical panel
  • changing or installing any plumbing fixtures or equipment
  • changing or installing signage
  • paving a driveway (drainage required)

If you are not sure if you need a permit, send us an email with a description of the project and type of building.

How do I get a permit?

Submit your completed application form along with all supporting documentation and plans to a Permit Service Representative. You can apply for your permit in person, by fax or email.

Click here to find out how to calculate your Permit Fees [PDF - 94 KB]

How to report construction work being carried out without the required permit(s)

Complaints can be made in person, by email or phone.

The most convenient way to report work carried out without a permit is by completing the online complaint submission form

To report work without a permit in person, visit the Permits and Inspections Division located on the 2nd floor of Victoria City Hall, 1 Centennial Square.

To report work without a permit over the phone, contact a Permit Service Representative at 250-361-0344 extension 0. 

Office Hours

Weekdays 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.