Permits & Inspections

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

Important Information Bulletins:

Paperless Building Permit Application Processes are now available 

Digital application and review processes are now available for all types of building permit applications. Electrical permits can be applied for online through MyCity. Online plumbing permit applications are currently in development and expected to be available in late 2019.  These improvements will provide greater convenience for customers, support improved review processes, and reduce the environmental impact associated with applications related to printing and travel needs.

Please visit our ePermits page for more information.

BC Electrical Code Update

As of January 1, 2020, British Columbia adopted the Canadian Electrical Code Part 1 24th Edition.  All permits that are applied for after this date will fall under the requirements of the 24th Edition.  Existing installation permits will continue to comply with the electrical code of the day of application.

Building Code Update

On December 10, 2018 the 2018 BC Building, Plumbing and Fire Code all come into effect. Applications made on or after December 10 will be subject to the associated 2018 code requirements. Learn about key changes adopted in the BC Building Code 2018.

On November 1, 2018 Step Code Level 1 came into effect

Applications made on or after November 1st are subject to the associated requirements within the BCBC for Step 1. Please review the City of Victoria Step Code Requirements. A rebate is available for construction of new single family dwellings, duplexes, and garden suites. Please refer to the Residential New Construction Application Checklist for more information.



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

Alternatively, Contact a Permit Service Representative in person or by phone.

Permits and Inspections Division is located on the 2nd floor of Victoria City Hall, 1 Centennial Square, 250-361-0344 extension 0. 

Office Hours

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