The City of Prince George's Building Inspection Division improves public safety by ensuring buildings comply with City bylaws and British Columbia Building and Plumbing Codes. The Division issues building, plumbing, and sign permits and provides advice on building-related matters to Council, other City divisions, and the public.
Residents may be required to obtain a permit, check zoning, location, easement, or coverage requirements before starting a building project. Be sure to review the following building checklist prior to starting work:
Building permits are required for most types of construction, whether it is a new home, a commercial building, or the renovation or expansion of an existing property.
When is a building permit needed?
Permits WILL be required for the following projects:
- Construction of a new home.
- Construction of a new building.
- Construction of a new accessory building (detached garage, shed, etc.).
- Construction of a new sun deck.
- Renovations, repairs, or additions to an existing building.
- Completion of a previously unfinished area in an existing building.
- Enclosure of a porch or roof over a sun deck.
- Enclosure of a carport.
- Building a retaining wall that is more than 1.2 metres (four feet) in height.
- Relocation or demolition of an existing building.
When is a building not permit not needed?
Permits will NOT be required for the following projects:
- Installing new fences, sidewalks, driveways, planters, or landscaping.
- Building a retaining wall that is less than 1.2 metres (four feet) in height.
- Completing any painting, decorating, or general maintenance.
- Conducting minor repairs which uses the same or similar materials and does not affect any structural or mechanical/plumbing work.
Not sure if a project requires a building permit? Contact the Building Inspection division at Development Services for assistance:
1100 Patricia Boulevard
Prince George, BC V2L 3V9
Building Permit Applications and Checklists
Residential Building Projects
Commercial Building Projects
Monthly Building Permit Reports
A plumbing permit may not be required in certain cases. The following projects can be undertaken
without a plumbing permit:
- Removing or replacing a faucet, valve, service water heater, or other similar fixture where no change to the piping is needed.
- Clearing a stoppage or blockage.
A permit is
required for the following projects:
- Installing new plumbing fixtures.
- Installing a new water meter.
- Changing, renovating, adding, or altering piping in existing buildings.
- Connecting to municipal services.
- Installing on-site servicing works.
NOTE: When adding three (3) or more fixtures and when making substantial changes to the plumbing system, a water meter is required.
Plumbing Permit Applications
The Plumbing Permit must signed by a qualified plumber. Applicants are recommended to print out Plumbing Permit form, fill it, have it signed by a plumber, and bring the form to Development Services in City Hall. For more information, phone Development Services at 250-561-7611.
- Review the designated zoning for the property to ensure the intended use is permitted and check the zone's development regulations (e.g. setbacks, site coverage, height, etc.). Refer to the City of Prince George Zoning Bylaw for more information or contact the Development Services at 250-561-7611.
BC One Call to check the location and depth of services required for the following:
- City utilities
- BC Hydro
- Telus telephone/internet communications, etc.
Shaw subscribers may contact
Dig Shaw for more information.
- Contact Planning and Development (Engineering Services) for additional information on Municipal services, new service connections, and access to culverts and roads.
Learn more about Planning and Development
- Check for easements or right-of-ways on the property. This can be determined by reviewing the property's title. For more information and further assistance, contact the Development Services at 250-561-7611 or the Land Titles Office.
Visit the Land Titles Office website
Residential Construction Resources