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2024 British Columbia Building Code comes into effect March 8, 2024


With the 2024 BC Building Code coming into effect, all permits applied for as of March 8, 2024 must comply with the 2024 BC Building Code.

Exceptions to this implementation include Subsection 3.8.5., Subsection 4.1.8., Section 9.23. and Appendix C of Division B of the 2024 BC Building Code; implementation is delayed until the effective date of March 10, 2025. The Code requirements prior to the implementation date for these subsections and sections are found in the current 2018 BC Building Code.

Order of the Minister of Housing - Province of British Columbia

The 2024 BC Building Code is closely based on the National Building Code. The new Building Code is available to view here: 2024 British Columbia Building Code

Please note: Currently the changes from the 2018 BC Building Code to the new 2024 BC Building Code are not identified in the text of the code. This has been past practice and may be included in the future. 


2023 Building Permit Application Changes - Part 3 & Complex Part 9 Buildings

New building permit application requirements have arrived! The new application requirements will be implemented in 2 phases. 

Phase 1:

Implementation Date:     December 15, 2023

Description: Building Permit Applications for new commercial, industrial, multi- family buildings, and existing commercial, industrial multi-family buildings with a change in major occupancy or with a substantial addition/alteration will be required to conform to the new application requirements.  The City of Nanaimo will work with applicants to adjust to the new requirements during this transition. 

Phase 2: 

Implementation Date: March 8, 2024 

Description: The 2 Step Intake process will be fully implemented and Building Permit Applications not conforming to the new requirements will be rejected. 

Why are these changes happening?

The Goal:  Improve quality of applications to decrease municipal review times. 

How:  The changes address the correctness of code analysis, completeness of drawings, and the coordination of drawings.

Where have we been:  Over the years, as municipal review times for building permits have increased, the industry has tended to submit less complete applications to “start the clock” on the building permit review while the design progresses.  Unfortunately, this has compounded the challenges around municipal building permit reviews as the incomplete, and sometimes incorrect, documents lead to significant back and forth between municipal staff and consultants, extending review times and consuming limited staff resources.

Revised Process – Two Phases

The revised process will require more complete and coordinated building permit application drawings with specific requirements on how certain information is conveyed on drawings. The standardization of how certain information is conveyed is aimed at facilitating municipal review and decreasing the review time. While the required Building Code Analysis is a comprehensive document, it is intended to act as a value-add checklist for the Architect and Consultant team to ensure a complete package and is set up to minimize time required to complete the permit application.

Phase 1:         New Building Permit Application Requirements:

Step 1: Applicant to review Commercial BP Application - Detailed Guide to Building Permit Applications;

Step 2: If there are significant code classification/interpretation items, and/or proposed Alternative Solution(s) where the Applicant requires municipal input, the applicant may request a meeting with City staff.  Adequate information to allow staff to understand the items to be discussed must be circulated ahead of the meeting;

Step 3: Consultant team to review Building Code Analysis and the Building Code Analysis - Guide. This is strongly encouraged prior to completing the drawing package as there are requirements in how certain information is to be conveyed on the drawing set. Special attention should be given to description of the different Drawing Components and example of Building Description contained in the guide;

Step 4: Consultant team prepares a correct, complete, and coordinated drawing package that meets the requirements of the documents referenced in Step 1, and includes all required items from either the Commercial/Multi-Residential/Industrial – Part 3 Buildings – Building Permit Application Checklist, or Commercial/Multi-Residential/Industrial – Part 9 Buildings – Building Permit Application Checklist as applicable;

Step 5: Architect to complete Building Code Analysis and reference the Building Code Analysis - Guide for clarifications as required;

Step 6: Coordinating Registered Professional completes Online Building Permit Application.

Phase 2:          2 Step Intake Process:

1.    Intake Review:

  • Building permits will reviewed by City staff within 15 working days to assess correctness of code analysis, completeness of submission package and general coordination of drawings;
  • At the end of the initial review, City staff will either accept the submission, or reject the submission and alert the applicant. If rejected, some high-level commentary may be provided, but a detailed list of deficiencies will not be provided. The applicant will then need to re-apply for a Building Permit.

2.    Building Permit Review:

  • After acceptance of the application City staff will begin their building permit review and internal referrals;
  • The City will work with the applicant on minor clarifications/adjustments as the review progresses, however the onus is on the applicant to provide a correct, complete and coordinated application. If major challenges are discovered, they may lead to rejection of the application and require re-application for a Building Permit;
  • The City commits to reviewing applications as quickly as possible, however, given the variability of Building Permit applications and potential delays in requested clarifications, the City cannot commit to a specific review time.

Associated Documents:


Building Inspections Section



BC Energy Step Code and Zero Carbon Code Implementation Updates

On October 16, 2023 Council gave the fourth and final reading to Building Bylaw Amendment Bylaw 2023 No. 7224.05.  The intent of the Bylaw is to implement the Provincial Zero Carbon Step Code for both Part 3 and Part 9 Buildings and to advance the BC Energy Step Code for Part 3 Buildings.

  • As of now, all building permit applications for the construction of new buildings that fall within the scope of the Zero Carbon Step Code will need to meet the performance requirements EL-1 (measure only).  
  • As of July 1, 2024, all building permit applications for the construction of new buildings that fall within the scope of the Zero Carbon Step Code will need to meet the performance requirements EL-4.
  • As of January 1, 2026, all building permit applications for the construction of new Part 3 buildings that fall within the scope of the BC Energy Step Code must meet the performance requirements Step 3.

Contact: Dave Stewart, Environmental Planner
Phone: 250-755-4491 

Questions about the Building Bylaw amendment?

Contact: Darcy Fox, Manager, Building Inspections
Phone: 250-755-4456


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.

Building Permit Processing Times

Last updated: March 7, 2024

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