Building News and Alerts

New 2018 BC Building Code

The Province has adopted the 2018 BC Building Code, including Book ll Plumbing Services, which comes into affect 2018-DEC-10 and will apply to building permits applied for on or after that date. Most of the changes are based on updates made to the 2015 National Building Code and Plumbing Code of Canada and address such topics as airborne sound transmission ratings; seismic design and climactic data; and updates to stairs, ramps, handrails and guards, including run dimensions for residential dwellings.

Note that the BC Fire Code is expected to be adopted in the fall of 2018 and also will take affect on 2018-DEC-10.

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For information on upcoming Building Code change seminars, please visit the BOABC website for upcoming dates and locations.


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Permit application processing times

Please be advised that due to current volumes of permit applications received, target application processing times are not being met. Staff continue to work diligently and are processing applications as quickly as possible.  We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause, but appreciate your patience during this time.

New Development Cost Charge (DCC) rates

Please be aware that changes to DCC rates are now in effect. The City of Nanaimo implemented new DCC rates under Bylaw 7252 that affect building permit applications received on or after 2018-APR-23. Contact our office for details if you have questions about your application.

Last updated: February 6, 2019

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