BC begins digital building permitting to speed up home construction

The BC government has launched a digital Building Permit Hub that will help municipal governments streamline and standardize the permitting process, with the goal of getting more homes built faster.

The hub is a one-stop shop for local building permits that will reduce red tape for local governments, First Nations, and homebuilders, making it easier and faster to submit building applications.

The province has been working to cut permitting times and clear backlogs, but has continued to face challenges such as incomplete applications or inconsistent submission requirements between communities. The Building Permit Hub will address these challenges by standardizing building permit submission requirements across all BC jurisdictions; by automatically checking permit applications are complete; and by automatically checking compliance with the BC Building Code.

The hub is currently being piloted in 12 local governments and two First Nations, and additional communities will be added by fall 2024. Other features, including applications for secondary suits and accessory dwelling units, will also be added. Digital permitting for all housing types is expected by spring 2025.

The Building Permit Hub is part of BC’s Homes for People action plan, and the province’s $19-billion housing investment since 2017.

Click here to view the Building Permit Hub beta version.

Government of BC




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