Permits & Inspections

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

Permits

Permits allow local governments to protect the interests of both individuals and the community as a whole. By reviewing and approving building plans before any work is done, the local government can ensure that buildings comply with:

  • the codes, which sets standards for the design and construction of buildings to meet objectives such as health, safety, fire protection and accessibility
  • the local zoning by-law and other planning controls on buildings
  • other applicable legislation, including required provincial approvals.

When do I need a permit?

When you are:

  • building or demolishing a structure over 10 sq. m.
  • replacing components of existing structures (i.e. stairs or a deck)
  • renovating a residential or commercial space (tenant improvements)
  • changing the use of the premise or space
  • finishing spaces such as basements or attics or other unfinished areas 
  • changing or installing any electrical wiring, or upgrading your electrical panel
  • changing or installing any plumbing fixtures or equipment
  • changing or installing signage
  • blasting

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 required documentation and plans to a Permit Service Representative. 

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)

To view active permits search the address on VICMap

The most convenient way to report work being done 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.