Building Permits

Working with the community promoting liveability, fire, health and life-safety standards

We are here to help

We understand that the building process can be complicated, there are a lot of regulations to navigate through. Our staff is knowledgeable and available to assist you with getting the information you need to complete your project. Building Inspections staff and other Planning and Development personnel are available between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays (excluding statutory holidays) or by calling 250-755-4429.

What we do

When you have a building project in Nanaimo, we will receive your complete application for a building permit, then:

  • review your plans and paperwork
  • work with you to make certain the plans meet all the required codes
  • issue the building permit
  • inspect the work 

Different types of permits we issue

  • residential and commercial buildings (new construction or alterations to existing)
  • demolition permits
  • service permits (for connection/disconnection to City water/sewer/sanitary)
  • access (driveway) permits
  • locate permits (for moving houses or mobile homes)
  • swimming pool installation permits
  • retaining wall permits
  • building envelope repair permits

Related Information

Contact Us

Building Inspections Section 250-755-4429

Last updated: February 26, 2024

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