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 Bylaws, Planning 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with a description of the project and the type of building or address.
Applications & Information:
We are currently experiencing delays in processing times as a result of a staff shortage and our review timelines are ranging just over 30 business days. Please note that these review timelines are based on current staffing conditions and permit volumes and this information is updated frequently. We sincerely apologize for the delay and appreciate your patience.
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:
- Applications for Building, Signage, and Blasting Permits may be submitted by emailing email@example.com
- Inspections are available through MyCity (Homeowner Electrical Permit inspections must be done by email)
- Permit History and active permit status may be viewed through VicMap
- Technical inquiries may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Work Without Permit can be reported online using the Complaint Submission Form.