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Construction Permits Updates

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of North Vancouver is now accepting construction permit applications electronically. Applicants can also continue to submit hard copy physical documents.

Building Permit Submission Instructions 

The City of North Vancouver is now accepting construction permit applications electronically. Applicants can also continue to submit hard copy physical documents. Hybrid hard copy/electronic applications will not be accepted.

Step 1: How to Prepare Electronic Documents and Drawings

  • The City is accepting either hard copy or electronic applications. Hybrid hard copy/electronic applications will not be accepted.
  • Electronic submissions must be signed and sealed in accordance with Architectural Institute of BC (AIBC), the Association of Engineers and Geoscientist of BC (EGBC), and the Association of BC Land Surveyors (ABCLS). They must contain digital seals in order to be accepted. Wet seals or photocopied seals and signatures will not be accepted on electronic submissions.
  • All electronic documents must be in PDF format.
  • Scanned hard copy documents (Scan at 300 DPI, Colour, PDF).
  • Do not password protect documents.
  • Do not reduce the file size.
  • Do not photograph documents (no jpgs, TIFFs, etc or photos taken with a phone).

As official records of the City, it’s important that the documents are good quality and legible. Documents that are not formatted correctly, are poor quality (legibility/resolution), or are not named in accordance with the naming standard below will not be accepted. Rejected documents will result in delays processing your application.

A full listing of requirement documents can be found on the Document Checklist.

Building Permit application forms are here.

If you have any questions, please contact us at devel@cnv.org or 604-990-4220.

Step 2: How to Name Electronic Documents & Drawings

If you are submitting documents electronically, please follow these instructions.

Electronic Documents

2.1   Save each document individually and name it according to the standard below.

2.2   Naming standard for Civic Addresses without a Suite: Address - Document Title

Examples: 

  • 123 Cherry Lane – Document Checklist
  • 123 Cherry Lane – Building Permit Application Form
  • 123 Cherry Lane – Owner's Authorization Form
  • 123 Cherry Lane – Registered Professional, Geotechnical – Schedule B

2.3   Naming standard for Suites: Suite# - Address - Document Title

Examples: 

  • 100-123 Cherry Lane – Document Checklist
  • 100-123 Cherry Lane – Building Permit Application Form
  • 100-123 Cherry Lane – Owner’s Authorization Form
  • 100-123 Cherry Lane – Registered Professional, Geotechnical – Schedule B

 

Drawings

2.4   Save and name each drawing type as an individual set (e.g. Architectural, Structural, and Mechanical etc.)

2.5   Naming Standard for Civic Addresses without a Suite: Address - Drawing Set Name and Sheet Numbers

Examples

  • 123 Cherry Lane – Architectural Drawings A1-A14
  • 123 Cherry Lane – Mechanical Drawings M1-M12

2.6   Naming standard for Suites: Suite#-Address - Document Title

Examples

  • 123 Cherry Lane – Architectural Drawings A1-A14
  • 123 Cherry Lane – Mechanical Drawings M1-M12

 

Revised Drawings

If you are submitting revised drawings electronically, please ensure a full set of drawings is submitted with changes highlighted. We will not accept single pages.

Naming standard for Revised Drawings: Application # - Address - Document Name - Revised # Revision Date

Examples

  • BLD2020-02000 - 121 Cherry Lane - Structural Drawings S1-S4 - Revised April 8 2020
  • BLD2020-02000 - 121 Cherry Lane - Architectural Drawings A1-14 - Revised April 8 2020
     

 

Step 3: How to Submit Electronic Documents to the City

3.1   Email your submission to devel@cnv.org.

3.2.  Applications larger than 20 megabytes in size may be directed to use the City’s large file transfer tool (Send-it).

3.3.  Building Division staff will let you know if your submission has been accepted.

 

Step 4: After Submission

4.1.  After your submission is accepted, please go to CityServe to pay online. If you prefer to pay by cheque, you can drop off a cheque in the City’s drop mail box at the 14th Street entrance. When paying by cheque please write the property address on the memo section so we know what the cheque is for. Cheques will sit in a 24 hour quarantine before being processed.

4.2.  Planning & Development reserves the right to request hard copy permit application submissions when appropriate. Due to COVID-19 we are trying to reduce in-person contact however, hard copies may be necessary depending on the scope of work and project size. If hard copies are required, we will let you know after you have submitted your electronic application.

If you have any questions, please contact us at devel@cnv.org or 604-990-4220.

 

Hard Copy Submission

The City continues to accept hard copy submissions. All documents will be subject to 24 hour quarantine prior to processing. 

To submit a hard copy application, please come to the 14th Street Entrance at City Hall during regular business hours Monday - Friday from 8:30am - 5:00pm (excluding statutory holidays).  Permit application processes will remain the same other than receiving the physical document copies. Applicants must submit all necessary documentation, similar to in-person permit application submissions; incomplete submissions will not be processed. If you are dropping off a cheque for payment, please write the property address on the memo section. 

Building Permit application forms and checklists.

 

Trades Permits & Alternative Solutions

Electronic application processes for trade’s permits remain unchanged.  Newly available is the electronic submission of Alternative Solution applications. Application forms for these types of applications are available here. Submit complete application submissions to devel@cnv.org.

**Please note: Permit applications will be processed within 2 business days.** 


Modified Inspection Procedure

City staff will continue to provide construction monitoring.  All required inspections must be requested at the appropriate times. To request an inspection, please call our 24-hr inspection request line at 604-990-4249. Requests will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. Inspections may be completed using alternative inspections methods, including: 

  • Submission of site observations from qualified persons (Registered Professional, licensed contractor, etc.) 
  • Provision of documents, photos, or video walk-through acceptable to the inspector
  • Remote videoconferencing
  • In-person physical inspection

Should in-person inspections be required, all Provincial health advisories and WorkSafeBC regulations are to be followed.  In addition:

  • Access is to be provided to the site with a minimum 2 m distance maintained at all times
  • The work area being inspected or entire site is to be cleared of personnel for the duration of the inspection
  • City staff reserve the right to limit or cancel inspections at their sole discretion
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