Building Inspection


COVID-19 Situation

The health and safety of our employees and the people in our communities is our first priority. We continue to follow the guidance of our local experts at BC Centres for Disease Control, at Health Canada and at other global health organizations to help prevent the spread of infection.

The Building Inspection Department will continue to function as usual with a few exceptions, as follows:

  • Please submit all building permit applications electronically if you have the means to do so.
  • Please continue to call for all required inspections.  Our building officials will perform requested inspections ensuring social distancing measures are used when attending your property.
  • Please contact us (toll free) by phone so we can determine the best way to assist you without needing to attend our offices.

Nelson:         1-800-268-7325
Creston:        1-833-223-2661
Nakusp:        1-844-817-9096


Step Code

On November 19th 2020, the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) Board discussed and adopted the Regional District’s bylaw update to adopt Step 1 of the BC Energy Step Code. Visit for more information about the BC Energy Step Code.

For building permit applications received after December 31st 2020, new Part 9 residential buildings will need to demonstrate "enhanced compliance" with Step 1 of the Step Code.

Step 1 is a no-fail option which uses a third party energy assessment to measure and report the air-tightness and energy performance of new residential buildings. Buildings can also voluntarily be built to a higher step (2 – 5). Step 5 is net zero ready, meaning the building will be highly efficient and ready to integrate onsite generation to produce as much energy as it uses.

Building Permit Applications

Please review the Building Brochure  which outlines the requirements when applying for a building permit. And click here for information to place a Manufactured home.

Here is the link to download a copy of the  BUILDING PERMIT APPLICATION FORM.

A Building or Plumbing Permit is required when you wish to:

  • Construct a New Home
  • Construct a new accessory building such as a carport, garage or storage shed
  • Construct a farm building
  • Construct a temporary building
  • Renovate existing buildings
  • Undertake any structural work such as interior partitions
  • Decks having a difference in elevation to grade exceeding 2 feet
  • Enclose a porch or roof over a sundeck
  • Construct a retaining wall retaining more than 5 feet of soil
  • Move a building
  • Locate a manufactured home, modular home or other engineered structure as required by the BC Building Code
  • Construct an addition
  • Install a pool (re. fencing requirements)
  • Demolish a building or structure
  • Change the use or occupancy of a building
  • Renovate your dwelling to create a secondary suite
  • Install a fire alarm system
  • Install commercial kitchen ventilation equipment
  • Install a new drainage or water piping system in any building
  • Alter or remodel a plumbing system
  • Install a fire suppression system

Permit processing and plan review turnaround times are dependent upon the workloads of staff. All attempts are made to ensure complete and accurate building permit applications are issued within 6 weeks of application. However, the construction industry is seasonal and you should expect longer wait times in the spring and early fall periods. Please plan ahead and call your local office for the processing times currently experienced by applicants.

The Building Inspection Department provides a public service to builders and property owners. The building permit process requires new buildings to be reviewed to ensure compliance with the British Columbia Building Code (and the standards it references) and Regional District Bylaws.

The RDCK Building Bylaw regulates building construction and clarifies the responsibility of property owners and builders in the Central Kootenay. The British Columbia Building Code applies to the construction, addition, alteration and change of use of most buildings.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay has a staff of Building / Plumbing Officials who provide information to the public, review plans for potential deficiencies and provide inspections at specified intervals.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay provides inspection services in Electoral Areas A to K as well as in the municipalities of Kaslo, Nakusp, New Denver, Salmo, Silverton and Slocan. RDCK Building Officials are located in Nelson, Creston and Nakusp. For inspections in the municipalities of Castlegar, Creston or Nelson, please contact those municipalities specifically.

The content on this page was last updated February 16 2022 at 2:55 PM