Permits & Inspections

Why do I need a permit and how do I get one?

The City of Victoria requires permits to protect private and public property, ensuring life safety standards are upheld, protecting the interests of both individuals and the community as a whole. Permit applications are reviewed against Zoning BylawsPlanning Policies and other applicable legislation such as the BC code requirements for health, safety, fire protection and accessibility.

To obtain a permit please follow the links provided under Applications & Information and you will find information that will assist you through the application process. 

If you are not sure if you need a permit, send us an email at permits@victoria.ca with a description of the project and the type of building or address.

Applications & Information:

We are currently experiencing significant delays in processing times as a result of a staff shortage and our review timelines are ranging just over 60 business days. We sincerely apologize for the delay and appreciate your patience. 

•  Building Permits                                       •  Electrical Permits

•  Plumbing Permits                                     •  Signage Permits

•  Blasting Permits                                       •  Permit Fee Summary

•  Accessing Permit and Property Records

•  Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch Liquor License Application Referrals

Customer Service

A variety of convenient online self serve options are available through our various web applications and our Permit Services Representatives are available to provide service and assistance with the following: 

Contact us:

Email: Permits@victoria.ca 

Phone: 250.361.0344 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

In person: 2nd floor of Victoria City Hall, 1 Centennial Square

Reporting Work Without Permit

Active construction permits can be viewed on VicMap or on the City of Victoria Open Data Portal. Instructions can be found under Accessing permit and Property Records.

Work Without Permit can be reported online using the Complaint Submission Form.