Building a Fence
No building permit is required for a fence; however, the fence must be in compliance with the Zoning Bylaw. Information on fences can be found in the Fence Building Regulation Guide.
- ornamentation and barbwire is included in fence height
- retaining walls are regulated by fence height regulations
- railings are included in retaining wall height
- hedges/trees/landscaping are not regulated by fence height regulations
Be sure when you are constructing your fence that you are on your own property and are not building over any right-of-ways or easements.
Building a Retaining Wall
A building permit may or may not be required for a retaining wall. Generally, a building permit is required when a retaining wall is over 5' in height, but other factors may influence whether a building permit is needed or not. Please refer to the Retaining Wall Guide for more information.
And documents as listed in:
Professional Practice Guidelines
Professional Practice Guidelines - Engineers & Geoscientists of BC