Heads Up - CSRD is implementing a new requirement for building permits in Electoral District Area E (Sicamous area and Anstey Arm), and a change to building permits in parts of Area F (North Shuswap).
There are pros and cons to having a requirement for building permits and you will all have your own opinion on whether they are good or bad. The main argument for permits is usually to ensure construction and renovations are done to a safe standard; and the argument against is typically the cost, bureaucracy and delays.
Building permits and inspections will be required for all new construction and most renovations.
Some of the cost for this new service will be passed on to taxpayers (eg $23 annually for a residential property valued at $300,000), and some will be covered by the builder through the building permit fee (eg new home valued at $200,000 would result in a building permit fee of approximately $2,100). In addition to applying for a Building Permit, there will be six on-site inspections at various times during construction. The new requirements will start January 1, 2018.
The North Shuswap portion of Area F currently has building permits, but until these changes only required only three inspections. The new regulations will require six inspections. The CSRD exempted the Seymour Arm portion of Area F from any building permits after holding a special community meeting with residents, who strongly stated their opposition to bringing building regulation to Seymour Arm.
However, we checked with CSRD and they are proceeding to implement the new regulations in water access only areas north of Sicamous and up Anstey Arm. In our opinion, this does not make sense at this time. You should contact the CSRD if you feel the same way. Their official period for accepting comments has closed, but you can still submit comments regarding building inspection to email@example.com.
Answers to frequently asked questions can be found at
The CSRD Board Report, including public feedback on the proposal, can be found at