Building News and Alerts
New online revision applications
Along with our online application portal, we are pleased to announce the addition of our online revision application portal. If a revision to your plans is required after a your permit has been issued, you can now fill out your application for modifications online and upload your revised drawings at the same time.
Building Inspections: 250-755-4429
New online building permit application portal and other Building Inspections processes
With the restriction of public access to the Service and Resource Centre due to COVID-19 concerns, Building Inspections staff have been working diligently on creating alternative methods for receiving applications, revisions, and other Building-related documents.
We are pleased to announce that our new online building permit application is now available for your use. Visit the webpage that correlates with your project to access the building permit application portal and other relevant information. Please fill out the application through our new portal and upload your application documents directly.
Note that photographs of documents are not acceptable - please upload in PDF format only.
All other documents that aren't for a permit application, including permit revisions, can still be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Building Inspections: 250-755-4429
BC Energy Step Code
The BC Energy Step Code is currently a voluntary standard in the BC Building Code providing an incremental approach to obtaining energy-efficient buildings. Local governments can choose, however, to require or encourage builders to meet one or more steps of the Step Code as an alternative to the BC Building Code's requirements.
Provincial Step Code Goals:
Pathway to 2032: Part 9 (Homes)
Pathway to 2032: Part 3 (Commercial and Residential)
How many steps are there?
An amendment to the Building Bylaw was adopted during the 2019-OCT-21 Council meeting. The Building Bylaw amendment will phase in the BC Energy Step Code, beginning with Step One (Enhanced Compliance) starting 2020-APR-21.
City of Nanaimo Step Code Implementation Schedule
in the Building Bylaw:
Perform Energuide or Energy Modeling
to current BCBC requirements
Conform to Part 8 of the NECB
| Step Two
10% greater than current BCBC requirements
20% to 40% greater than current BCBC requirements
| Step Three
20% greater than current BCBC requirements
Enhanced Compliance means the builder will need to complete energy modeling and energy benchmark assessments for their projects. The builder's energy advisor will use energy modelling software and on-site testing to demonstrate that both their design and the constructed building meet Step Code requirements.
Below are compliance report forms produced by the BC Energy Step Code Council for pre-construction and as-built stages of a project. Your energy advisor will fill out the pre-construction form, which is to be submitted with your building permit application. The as-built form completed by your Energy Advisor will be required prior to occupancy approval.
Based on the posted Government of Canada climate data for Nanaimo, degree days below 18°C of 2965.9, the City of Nanaimo has identified Climate Zone 4 as the appropriate zone for the purpose of BC Building Code requirements. This climate data should be used in the Energy Compliance Reports.
For more Information:
Further information and details on how the Energy Step Code will affect the building permit process will be posted in the near future.
Interested in rebates? Check out cleanBC for available rebates
Questions about the implementation strategy?
Contact: Rob Lawrance, Environmental Planner
Questions about the Building Bylaw amendment?
Contact: Darcy Fox, Manager, Building Inspections
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.