Property and residential related bylaws, zoning and building bylaws. Specific documents include: Development Procedures Bylaw, Official Subdivision & Development Serving Bylaw
Permits are required for:
- New residential construction (including single-family, duplex and seasonal dwellings – does not include pre-manufactured homes or apartments)
- Pre-manufactured homes (mobiles, modular)
- Residential accessory buildings (shops, garages, storage structures)
- Wood burning appliances (wood stoves and furnaces, pellet stoves and furnaces, new chimney installations)
- Installation of new signage on a commercial building or on the street
- Certain properties may be within a designated Development Permit Area, as identified by the Official Community Plan. You may require a Development Permit prior to construction if your property is zoned for a commercial, industrial, or multifamily housing use, or if your property is within the Natural Hazard Development Permit area.
Upon receiving your building permit application, the District staff will review and advise you on next steps to receive your permit.
The review, issuance, and inspection of building permits under the BC Building Code is a service that is currently provided through the Regional District of Bulkley Nechako. While the RDBN’s Building Officials will be responsible for all matters related to BC Building Code requirements, applications and information must still be submitted to the District of Vanderhoof at the Municipal Office or by email to email@example.com.
All Building Permit Applications are subject to confirmation of Zoning. If your property is not correctly zoned for a proposed building or use, a permit may be refused by the District.
At a minimum, an application must include:
- A completed application form and paid application fee;
- A site plan including property and building dimensions, setback from property lines, and building footprint in relation to any utilities (water, sewer, gas, electric) or services (i.e. septic field, lagoon, well);
- All construction drawings relevant to the construction;
- A copy of all land title documents including any registered charges, interests, and instruments on title;
- If using private utilities, a copy of the groundwater license and sewage disposal permit from the Province.If your building meets any of the following criteria, please include all documentation listed on the “Part 3 Building Permit Checklist” pamphlet:
- Buildings classified as Group A (public assembly), B (care/treatment/detention centres), or F-1 (high-hazard industrial) under the BC Building Code;
- Buildings with a total area over 600 square meters being used for major occupancies; or
Buildings exceeding three storeys in height with major occupancies.Building Permit Application Form
Part 3 Building Permit Checklist
Schedule 1 Site Disclosure Statement
Sign Bylaw and Permit Application
Contact the Building Inspector
The Zoning Bylaw governs land use and the form, siting, height, and density of all development within the District’s boundaries to provide for the orderly development of the community and to avoid conflicts between incompatible uses.
The Zoning Bylaw is a “rule book” that controls land use and development. It regulates exactly how land may be used, where buildings and other structures can be located, the types of buildings that are permitted, lot sizes and dimensions, parking requirements, building heights and setbacks from the street. The Zoning Bylaw is a major implementation tool of the Official Community Plan.
The Bylaw divides the District into residential, commercial, agricultural, institutional, industrial and other zones. Each of these zones has its own specific regulations.
Zoning Bylaw Schedule 1: Zoning Map
Schedule 2: Hazard Development Permit Area