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Building and Plumbing Permits

This page was last reviewed on April 2, 2024.

The Village of Cumberland issues permits for building construction, plumbing installations, woodstoves, fireplaces and inserts. View the Building in Cumberland brochure.

A building permit is required before:

  • construction of a building or a structure, including accessory structures and buildings
  • alteration or addition to a structure or a building
  • completion of an undeveloped area of a building
  • construction of an secondary suite
  • structural repair or change to a structure or building
  • demolition of a structure or building or part of a structure
  • construction of a swimming pool
  • installation of heating appliances, such as wood stoves and inserts (new residential construction with a building permit application after Dec 10 2018 may not install a wood stove or other solid fuel burning appliance; see the Solid Fuel Burning Appliance Bylaw 1091, 2018)
  • moving a building
  • change of use or occupancy of a building or premises
  • installation, repair or replacement of a plumbing fixture or system
  • installation of a manufactured home

Permit Applications and Fees

Copies of permit applications are available at the Village Office and/or can be accessed via the links below. When printing, please note that some forms are in an 8.5 X 14 format

You may submit permit applications at the Village Office during regular office hours, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Find out more about how you can pay building permit fees.

Building Permit Application

Plumbing Permit application

Appointment of Agent – To authorize your agent or builder to apply on your behalf and to access property records

Building Permit fees table – A non-refundable building permit processing fee is required when you submit your application. The Village uses the Marshall & Swift Valuation Service to estimate the value of construction.

Hazardous Materials Declaration

Standard estimates on construction values are used for calculating permit fees for residential building permits.

Application to Move a Building

Building Inspections

Call 250-336-2291 or email to book your building inspection. Please call at least 48 hours in advance to ensure that your inspection can be accommodated. Inspections typically take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Building and Development Questions?

The BC Building Code (BCBC) is a provincial regulation that governs how new construction, building alterations, repairs and demolitions are completed. The BCBC applies throughout the province, including the Village of Cumberland. For more information on the BCBC see here.

The Building Inspector may be available to answer inquiries relating the BC Building Code on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Please call 250-336-2291.

For inquiries related to building permits and Village building and development bylaws, please contact the Planner at or 250-336-2291.

Building and Property Records

There is a $50 fee to review building records, except to an owner of the property. For an agent to access a property file, the owner must appoint the agent in writing. Look under Permit Applications and Fees above for an appointment of agent form.

Please call 250-336-2291 or email to make an appointment to view a property file.

BC Homeowner Protection Office

Check out BC Housing’s Homeowner Protection Office website which offers building publications and guides as well as licensing information for homeowner builders, and home warranty information.

Electrical and Gas Permits

Contact the Technical Safety BC for information on permits and licensing for electrical and gas renovations and appliances, boilers and pressure vessels, and elevators.

Accessibility and Inclusion

It’s important to keep accessibility and inclusion in mind in any building development or renovation. Find resources.

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