Permits & Inspections

How to request a Building Inspection:

Effective September 3, 2019:
We are introducting a dedicated 24-hour inspection request service to enhance North Cowichan's customer service to our building community. To schedule an inspection, please call 250.746.3102 and leave a message with the following information:

  • site address
  • building permit number
  • type of inspection required
  • your preferred contact name and number.

Requests received prior to 4pm will be scheduled for the next business day, and requests received after this cut-off will be scheduled for the day after the next business day. For more details, please read the full notice [PDF - 166 KB].

Prior to September 3, 2019:
To arrange for a building inspection, please call 250.746.3165 and leave a detailed message quoting the project address and indicate you require an inspection. A representative from Building Services will attempt to contact you within the same day or the following business day. Please be aware that a minimum of 48 hours is required to schedule an inspection.

How to apply for a Building Permit:

Building permit application forms and guides are available on the website and at the office. Once you have completed the application form and gathered the required documents, contact the office to schedule a time to meet with a Building Inspector. This will give the Building Inspector an opportunity to review your application package to ensure it is complete and can be processed. To schedule an appointment or if you need assistance with your application, please contact the office at 250.746.3104.

Title Documents

To obtain a title search and related documents for a Building Permit application you may visit the Land Title and Survey Authority of BC website. Please Note: Documents may also be obtained from a Lawyer, Notary Public, Land Surveyor, Registry Agent or Realtor.