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Building Permits & Inspections

NEW UPDATE: BC Energy Step Code

As of May 1, 2023, new Step Code requirements will come into effect. All new construction must meet the following standards.

  • Houses and small buildings (Part 9 Buildings): Step 3
  • Large and complex buildings (Part 3 Buildings): Step 2

To learn more, please review the Town’s Step Code reference guideThis is a resource designed to introduce key information about Step Code and what it will mean in Sidney. If you are planning to submit any new Building Permit applications, please contact staff to confirm how these new regulations could affect your project. Find out more about Step Code here.


Town Building Officials will only accept complete Building Permit applications.

The Town’s Building Officials are responsible for reviewing and approving plans for the issuance of Building and Plumbing Permits. Once a permit is issued, staff will perform predetermined inspections as outlined in the Building Regulations Bylaw, to ensure compliance with the BC Building Code and with Sidney's Zoning Bylaw.

Building Officials work with the development community and the public to ensure code compliance for all development within the Town of Sidney. Building Officials also provide technical support to Planning staff and the Engineering Department.

Building Permit applications can be submitted at Town Hall during the hours listed below. A Town Building Official will go through the application at the time of submission in order to ensure the application is complete. An incomplete application will be returned to the applicant with a list of outstanding items. Once those items have been addressed, the complete application can be re-submitted.

Town Building Officials will be available to receive applications and answer queries by appointment or between the hours of:

8:30 am - 10:00 am
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Please contact the Development Services department by email at developmentservices@sidney.ca or by phone at 250-656-1725 if you have any questions or would like any additional information.

Town staff are committed to ensuring that the permitting process is streamlined and timely.

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