This page was last reviewed on January 30, 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.
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.
Standard estimates on construction values are used for calculating permit fees for residential building permits.
Call 250-336-2291 or email email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com to make an appointment to view a property file.
BC Homeowner Protection Office
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
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