There are a variety of permits that must be obtained before your business or residence undergoes any major construction or alteration. Permits are also required for projects that involve tree cutting or interior finishing. Inspections ensure the work on your construction or renovation project complies with your permit and the bylaw.
The BC Building Codes change regularly. Encourage your contractor, builder or designer to attend the City’s Builders’ Forums
Types of Permits
All contractors applying for a permit must have a valid City of North Vancouver Business Licence.
Issued for the construction of all structures including new buildings, additions, interior finishing, signs, building moving and building demolition.
Issued to a licenced electrical contractor or home owner for any electrical work undertaken. A permit can only be issued to the home owner of a single-family dwelling who is living on their own property.
Issued to a gas contractor or home owner for all gas installations. A permit can only be issued to the home owner of a single-family dwelling who is living on their own property.
Issued to a plumbing contractor or home owner for plumbing work in new houses, additions, commercial, public and industrial buildings. A permit can only be issued to the home owner of a single-family dwelling who is living on their own property.
All exterior signs require a sign permit.
Issued to a sprinkler contractor or homeowner for the installation of sprinkler heads. A permit can only be issued to the home owner of a single-family dwelling who is living on their own property.
Landscaping and maintaining boulevards, oversized vehicles and use of our streets may require a Street Use Permit.
Permits can be paid online at cnv.org/payments/PayPermit
For complete details about the required qualifications necessary to obtain any of the above permits, review the Who Can Obtain a Permit info sheet.
The City accepts bookings up until 4:30pm for inspections the next business day. Inspections can be requested through our 24 hour inspection line at 604-990-4249 or online by following the steps below.
To request an inspection related to a permit you must first register as a 'user' with the City.
Contractor or Home Owner Registration
You may also review the status of a permit or licence.
Community Development Permits
24 Hour Inspection Line
After-Hours Construction Complaints