Permits & Inspections

How to request a Building Inspection:


To schedule an inspection, please call 250.746.3102 or email building@northcowichan.ca and provide 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].

How to apply for a Building Permit during the Temporary Office Closure (COVID-19)

Hard copy building permit applications can now be submitted by dropping off the application and supporting documents at the Municipality's Planning and Building Department front door (at the lower level of the Municipal Hall). The drop off bin is available Monday to Friday between the hours of 9:00 am and 3:30 pm. Feel free to notify the Building Department of your application by emailing building@northcowichan.ca and stating the civic address or legal description of the property.

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 (covenants, easements or rights-of way) 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.