Accessing Permit Records

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

Accessing City Permit Records

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

There is no guarantee that the City will have plans or records on file for all properties

Requests can be dropped off in person at City Hall or by email. When submitting record search requests, please be sure to provide the property address, type of search, your full name, phone number and completed Permission to Access City Plans [PDF - 26 KB], if requesting a plan search. Please see below for more details on specific requests. Staff will call you and ask that you provide credit card information once your request has been processed. Do not provide your credit card information in a voice mail or by email. 

This service is available any business day from 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Requests will be processed in the order in which they are received.

Permit History Search

Permit histories can be found through VicMap free of charge. For more information, please read our Permit History VicMap Instructions [PDF - 640 KB].

$50 fee applies to all permit history requests

Email the property address to request a permit history search. 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.

Property Status Letter

Information provided for Status Letters can found through VicMap free of charge.

$50  fee

Email or mail the request including the property address. 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.

Permit Plan Search

$25 search fee

Email the completed Permission to Access City Plans [PDF - 26 KB] and the search will be carried out the next business day after receiving both the permission to access city plans form and credit card information. Do not provide your credit card information in a voice mail or by email. City staff will contact you by phone to provide credit card information once your request has been processed. Please be sure to provide the property address, type of search, your full name, phone number in your email. 

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, plans will be sent directly to Island Blue Print for viewing. Please allow up to 5 business days for the plans to be delivered for viewing after the request has been processed.

When accessing plans on behalf of a property owner (e.g. realtor or owner’s representative), submit the completed Permission to Access City Plans [PDF - 26 KB] form at time of the request. A plan search cannot be completed without the owner’s permission. If you are the registered owner of the property and personally requesting access to permit plans, you may leave the authorization section blank, while filling in the owner information and signature sections.

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 will appear on the plans.

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

Copying

There are additional fees for copying. If copies of plans or records are required, they are sent off-site to Island Blue Print for copying at the client’s expense.