Whether it's a new home on an empty lot, or replacing an old homestead, there are many steps involved in building a new home.

Step 1: Determine the type of construction and if it is a use listed in your zoning district.

Are you building a stick built, modular, manufactured home, or relocating an existing house? Many residential zones list manufactured and modular homes as discretionary uses, so you will have to verify your parcels zoning in the Land Use Bylaw or with the Planning Department.

Step 2: Get a plot plan

You will need to contact a surveyor to have them create a professional plot plan. This is not a survey of the parcel, but a drawing illustrating the proposed location of the new house, and the distances to the property lines and other proposed or existing structures (including septic systems, water wells, and decks) on the parcel. Other details to include or that may be requested on this plan include easements, right of ways, approaches, no build zones, lot grading, and drainage direction.

To get the plot plan you will need your legal description, house plans, and the proposed location of the house.

Step 3: Apply for a Development Permit

A Development Permit Application needs to be completed and submitted to the Planning Department, with the plot plan, exterior elevations of the house, and the application fee. Upon review of an application, further information may be requested prior to the application being processed.

Step 4: Apply for a Building Permit

Once the Development Permit has been approved, an application for Building Permit can be processed. You will need the following:

  • Completed Residential Building Permit Application
  • Blueprints
  • Copy of the plot plan
  • Application fee as set out in the fees and charges schedule

If you are installing a wood burning stove/fireplace, you will also have to complete a Solid Fuel Burning Appliance Form and submit it with your Building Permit Application.
Primary hydronic heat requires a design by a certified designer. Ventilation requirements must also be met. Secondary hear requires a loop design and system layout.

The province's New Home Buyer Protection Act requires almost all residential builders to show proof of home warranty coverage before the County can issue a new construction permit. Get full details on the warranty program from the province.

Similar to the New Home Warranty Program, all new buildings will need to demonstrate compliance with the National Energy Code for Buildings (NECB) prior to building permit approval. Full details on the requirements for the National Energy Code for Buildings can be obtained from the province.

Please note, additional information may be requested upon review of the application and all information must be received by the Planning Department prior to the application being processed.

Step 5: Apply for Plumbing, Gas, Electrical, and Private Sewage Permits

These sub-trade permit applications can be made at the same time or following the issuance of the Building Permit they do need to be made prior to starting any of the associated work.