Planning & Building

Building Permits

When You Need a Permit

Building permits are usually required for building or renovating work, including:

All new construction, including accessory buildings (garage, carport, garden shed etc.) that are permitted outright (specifically allowed) by your zoning:

  • All temporary buildings
  • Additions or alterations to existing buildings, including:
  • Moving interior walls and partitions
  • Moving existing plumbing, electrical or gas lines
  • Installing new plumbing, electrical or gas lines
  • Making structural repairs or changes that are permitted outright (specifically allowed) by your zoning
  • Some "hard" landscaping features, such as fences or retaining walls

When You Don't Need a Permit

You do not need a permit to:

  • Replace fixtures, cabinets, and flooring
  • Paint the interior of your home
  • Carry out non-structural maintenance or minor repairs to the exterior of your home

Building Permits are valid for a two year period.


Required Plan Details for a Building Permit
Building Permit Brochure Accessory Structures
Cross Connection Bulletin
Cold Weather Protection
Inspection Schedule
Required Plan Details for a Building Permit
Residential Guardrail Requirements
Structural Engineering
Tasting Rooms Bulletin


Building Permit Application 2024
Agent Authorization Form
Water / Sewer  Utility Service Request
Electrical Utility Service Request  
Plumbing Permit App
Drive Way Application 
Solid Fuel Burning Appliance Application 

Past Issued Building Permits

The following is a list of permits issued by the Development Services Department for the District of Summerland.





Past Building Statistics