Major Projects

Major Projects fall mainly within the scope of Part 3 of the BC Building Code. These complex developments often need other development approvals before the building permit stage, and construction of these projects is often overseen by registered professionals. Major Projects include:

  • Commercial, Industrial, Institutional building
  • Exterior alteration or addition to a commercial building
  • Facilities requiring Fire Code review
  • Major Project Referral System
  • Mid - and high-rise residential building
  • Mixed-use building containing residential/commercial use
  • Racking
  • Spray Booth and other specialized use
  • Tenant improvement to commercial building
  • Townhouse / multi-family development

Development Planning Approvals

Before a Major Project or complex development can apply for a Building Permit, one or all of the following Development Planning approvals from Council are needed:

  • Development Permit
  • Development Variance Permit
  • Housing Affordability Agreement
  • Off-Site Servicing and Civil Works Agreements
  • Official Community Plan Amendment
  • Rezoning Amendment
  • Subdivision Approval

Additional Information

If you have any questions about these approval processes, contact Development Services at 604-927-3430 or visit the Development Planning Counter at City Hall, or refer to the resources below:

  1. Process for a Major Building Permit
  2. Processing Time For Major Projects
  3. General Drawing Requirements
  4. Drawing Specifications