Building Permits & Inspections

Permits & Inspections

If you are constructing a new building, renovating, making structural changes or additions to an existing one, installing a wood stove or changing the use or occupancy of a residential or commercial space, you’ll need to obtain a Building Permit from the City of Rossland. New construction, additions or exterior alterations to commercial, industrial, and multi-family residential buildings also require a separate Development Permit. Scroll down for further information.

Do you need a Building Permit?

For your safety and the safety of the community, certain kinds of construction and renovation projects require a permit. The main purpose of a building permit is to ensure that all buildings comply with health, safety and zoning requirements as established by the Province and the Municipality. Complete information is available in the City of Rossland’s Building Permit Forms and Applications.

You’ll need a building permit to carry out any of the following:

  • Construction of any new building or structure over 10 square metres (108 square feet)
  • Structural repair or additions to an existing building (including decks)
  • Alterations; including re-roofing, cladding, changing windows or doors, etc
  • Altering or adding to plumbing systems
  • Installing or altering any retaining walls
  • Any retaining wall over 1.5 metres (5 feet) in height above grade will require engineering.
  • Moving, adding or removing interior structural walls
  • Enclosing a deck, carport or porch
  • Installing a woodstove or other wood burning appliance
  • Siting a mobile or modular home or structure
  • Placing a temporary building on any property (such as a construction office)
  • Demolition of any building requires a Building Permit for demolition.
  • Changing the Occupancy or part of a building or use of any structure or space
  • Moving a building to a different foundation or property
  • Installing a swimming pool
  • Finishing a basement

If you’re not sure if you need a building permit, please contact the Building Inspector at 250-362-2326 or email Building Inspector

A Building Permit is not required when you do minor work such as:

  • Painting
  • Landscaping or sidewalks
  • Fencing (fence height must comply with zoning bylaw where applicable)
  • Cupboards
Building Permit Applications:

Building permit applications, including all required paperwork and drawings, can be submitted by email. We will also take the applications by appointment. Call the office at the number below for instructions.

To book an inspection and/or to apply for a permit at this time please contact:

Parry LaFond
Chief Building & Plumbing Official
(250)362-2326 / Email: Building Inspector

Building Permit Issuance:

Applicants will be notified when a permit is ready to be picked up. They will be able to pay online or mail a cheque (PO Box 1179, Rossland, B.C, V0G 1Y0) or drop a cheque in the drop box at the City office located at 2196 LeRoi Ave, Rossland. Once a permit is approved to be issued, an application will be emailed for signature. Further instructions will be outlined in the email.

  • Permits are issued  for a two year period, should the work not be completed within this time frame, you can apply for a one year extension.  After three years has passed and the work is still not completed you will need to re-apply for a new permit.
  • Permit Closure – A final inspection is required to close your building permit.  Please contact the Building Inspector to book your final inspection.

When do I need a Building Permit for Plumbing?

A Building Permit is required for Plumbing Permit:

  • With new houses, additions, renovations when drawings indicate fixtures
  • When a plumbing system is constructed, extended, altered, renewed, or a connection made to a sewer or sewage disposal system.

A Building Permit for Plumbing is not required:

  • When a fixture, valve or faucet is repaired or replaced, a stoppage cleared or a leak repaired if no change in the piping is required.

Permits are required for the following:

(Click on the title to access the application form)

Access Permit:

An access permit is required when you are installing an access ( such as a driveway ) to a city street or laneway. If you are removing an existing access and or reconstructing a new one, you will also need to apply to ensure compliance with current bylaws and regulations.

Development Permit Application – (Design Review Only)

Some development permit applications in relevant zones in Rossland have Design Guidelines that need to be reviewed by the design review committee. Like façade changes to downtown commercial buildings, due to the historical buildings located in our downtown core.  Contact the Planning Department prior to erecting any signage downtown.

Liquor & Cannabis Licence Guide and Application

Local governments do not make liquor licensing decisions. The Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch (LCRB) solely decide who will receive a license. However, the LCRB must consider specific community needs when reviewing a liquor license application. For some, but not all license application, the LCRB will ask local governments to provide resolution that considers factors such as the proposed location; noise impacts; and views of local residents.

OCP and Zoning Amendment Application

Every property in Rossland is classified with a “zone”, which determines the types of activities permitted on the property, the location and size of buildings that can be constructed, and the size of lots that can be created.

A rezoning is the public process required to change land use or increase density on a property beyond what is permitted by the Zoning Bylaw—usually by changing the zone of the property.  Please contact the Planning Department to discuss your zoning requests.

Temporary Use Permit Application

A Temporary Use Permit(TUP) is a tool to allow a short term use that does not comply with the zoning bylaw. A TUP may only be issued for a maximum of 3 years, and maybe renewed once for an additional 3 years as per the Local Government Act (Section 497).

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