THE BC BUILDING CODE IS NOW AVAILABLE FREE ONLINE AT bccodes.ca
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:
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 energystepcode.ca 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
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:
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 22 2021 at 3:24 PM