Accessing Permit Records

Permit records can be useful when purchasing property or planning a renovation.

Permit Record Services

The City of Victoria provides access to permit records and information related to properties while ensuring that the privacy of property owners is protected. Our services include:

Permit History Search

  • Permit History information is available online, free of charge, through VicMap.
  • This search provides the basic information of a property including year built, last approved use based on permit records and all building, plumbing or electrical permits for the property.

Permit Plan Search

  • This search provides access to retained records, including plans for a specific property, at the owner's request. Available records will vary from address to address. Available records can be viewed at City Hall, 2nd Floor, 2 business days after the search fee has been paid.

Property Status Letter

  • Property Status information is available online, free of charge, through VicMap.
  • A Property Status Letter provides information including year built, last approved use based on permit records and active/outstanding building, plumbing or electrical permits for the property.

Plan search and Written Record fees can be found on our Fee Schedule. A Permit Service Representative will contact you to obtain payment once a request is received.

Applications and Forms

Requests can be dropped off in person at City Hall or by email. When submitting Permit Record requests, please be sure to provide the property address, type of search, your full name and phone number.

Information, Policies & Resources

Permit History Search Using VicMap

Copying

Plans and documents are sent to Island Blue Print for copying at the requestor's expense. Please contact Island Blue Print directly to inquire about their fees and pricing.

Approved Building Plans

Submission requirements for Building Permit plans have changed over time. As a result, some sets of plans are less comprehensive, and may not include various structural or mechanical drawings. We can't guarantee that the information you need for a current application will appear on existing plans.

Condominium & Apartment Buildings

Plans for apartments or condominium complexes may not contain drawings for individual units. Often, only a typical layout plan of each floor will be submitted. Suites may not be identified by their unit number on these typical layout plans, although there may be drawings of specific unit types.