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Building Permits
All storefront buildings and structures erected within the University Endowment Lands (UEL) must comply with the applicable sections of the Land Use, Building and Community Administration Bylaw (including all schedules and maps)
(PDF, 9.29MB). Building Permits and the associated fees are required before:

  • constructing, repairing or altering a building or structure;
  • installing, repairing or altering any plumbing and similar works;
  • demolishing a building; and
  • moving a building to any property.

Building Permit Application Requirements (PDF, 30KB), are available on-line, or can be obtained at the
UEL Administration Office.

Once a building permit has been issued, inspections can be booked by calling reception at 604-660-1808.

NEW The BC Building Code 2018 effective date is December 10, 2018 and will apply to building permit applications accepted as of that date.

NEW All Building Permit applications for new Part 9 single-family homes applied for on or after January 1, 2020 are required to achieve Step 3 of the BC Energy Step Code. A maximum air leakage of 2.5 ACH @ 50Pa will be verified by a mid-construction (pre-drywall) blower door test and another pre-occupancy. New Part 3 commercial and residential buildings shall be designed and constructed to conform to Step 2 of the BC Energy Step Code as outlined in Part 10 of the BC Building Code (BCBC).

Development Permits
Many developments in the UEL require a Development Permit before a Building Permit application can be made. In general, a Development Permit is required to:

  • erect or alter a dwelling or accessory building outside the “allowable building envelope” within the Single Family Dwelling District;
  • erect or alter a multi-family dwelling outside the “allowable building envelope” in the multi-family dwelling districts;
  • develop a Conditional Approval use; or
  • undertake certain other developments listed in
    Section 10 of the Land Use, Building and Community Administration Bylaw.

A Guide to Development Permits within the UEL, including the Development Permit Policy, is available on-line or can be obtained at the UEL Administration Office.

NEW FOR AREA B The UEL has a new Geotechnical and Stormwater Requirement Policy for any proposed development in Area B. Please review the AECOM Area B Slope Stability and Protection Geotechnical Data Report, April 2019 and contact the UEL office for more information.

Rezoning Applications
These applications can take the form of:

  • Re-designating one Land Use District to another;
  • Re-designating to a new Land Use District not existing in the current bylaw; or
  • Text amendments to existing Land Use Districts.

As rezoning requires an amendment to the UEL Bylaw, rezoning decisions are taken by the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

The University Endowment Lands's rezoning process can be summarised in three main steps:

  • First, the applicant leads a public engagement process and undertakes studies to develop a proposed development concept. This stage results in a plan for the site and a formal application being made to the UEL.
  • Second, the UEL undertakes a full review of the proposal and provides feedback on the applicant. The application may be revised in light of this.
  • Finally, the UEL prepares drafts of the Official Community Plan or Zoning Bylaw amendments, which are reviewed by local community representative groups, the Community Advisory Council and the Advisory Design Panel, and a public meeting is held. The Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing receives full analysis of the proposals for decision.

All rezoning enquiries should be directed to the UEL Deputy Manager, Development Services at 778-572-3331.

Planning, Development and Building Permit Inquiries
Planning, development and building permit inquiries, including applications, will now be conducted on an appointment-only basis. Intakes and inquiries will be accepted after 1:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Appointment times will be for no more than 30 minutes. For inquiries, please contact reception at 604-660-1808 to set up an appointment with the appropriate staff member.

Tenant Improvement Permits
There is a special policy covering all tenant improvements in the UEL.

The policy specifies the documents and certifications that tenants must submit at the time of a Building Permit Application. The Tenant Improvement Requirements and Application Package (PDF, 463KB) are available online or can be obtained from the UEL Administration Office.