Building Permit Applications & Inspections During COVID-19 Pandemic

The Village recognizes the importance of maintaining our regular services to the extent possible during the COVID-19 pandemic.   We will continue to process applications and answer your inquiries in a timely manner; however, in some cases delays may be unavoidable.  We appreciate your patience.  Please see below for important information regarding applications and inspections.

Applications

The Village is continuing to accept and process building permit applications. Please contact our reception desk at 604-894-6135 and press 0 to schedule a time to drop off your application if it is too large to fit through our mail slot. Payments are currently being accepted by cheque only, either through the mail slot at our office or through regular mail or courier delivery.

Inspections

We are offering building inspections with some modifications due to COVID-19 distancing requirements. Please contact Building & Planning Clerk, Gwendolyn Kennedy, by email at gkennedy@pemberton.ca to schedule inspections.

For your information, please see the link below for Provincial Guidance to Construction Sites Operating During COVID-19:

https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020EMBC0002-000542

BUILDING DEPARTMENT & PERMIT INFORMATION

Planning to construct, alter, renovate, demolish, relocate, or change the occupancy of any building in Pemberton? You will need a building permit.  For more detailed information regarding your specific project, please click on a link below.

Village of Pemberton Building Bylaw No. 867, 2019

For Building Permit information and applications, visit the Licences & Permits Page

The Provincial Government, through the Community Charter and the Building Act, has granted municipalities the authority to regulate the construction of buildings and structures and the installation of plumbing services.  The Village issues Building Permits and conducts inspections to ensure compliance with the applicable Village bylaws and Provincial regulations. 

 

BC Energy Step Code

What is the BC Energy Step Code?

The BC Energy Step Code is a provincial regulation that local governments may use, if they wish, to incentivize or require a level of energy efficiency in new construction that goes above and beyond the requirements of the BC Building Code. It consists of a series of steps, representing increasing levels of energy-efficiency performance. By gradually adopting one or more steps of the standard, local governments can increase building performance requirements in their communities. The Province of British Columbia has set a goal that all new buildings must reach a net-zero energy ready level of efficiency by 2032; the BC Energy Step Code serves as the policy pathway to reach that goal.

Net-zero energy buildings produce as much clean energy as they consume. They are up to 80 percent more energy efficient than a typical new building and use on-site (or near-site) renewable energy systems to produce the remaining energy they need.

A net-zero energy ready building is one that has been designed and built to a level of performance such that it could, with the addition of solar panels or other renewable energy technologies, achieve net-zero energy performance.

BC Energy Step Code in Pemberton

In recognition of the climate crisis and the need to reduce our carbon footprint, the Village added reference to the BC Energy Step Code to Building Bylaw No. 867, 2019, adopted in July of 2019.

The Building Bylaw requires that new Part 9 residential buildings meet Step 3 as of January 1, 2020, and Step 4 as of January 1, 2021. Most single-family homes, duplexes and small multi-family homes fall into the category of Part 9 buildings. 

Step 3 is considered a lower step. To achieve this step, builders may rely on conventional building designs with careful air-sealing practices incorporating some key elements in the design, building envelope and mechanical equipment and systems.

Step 4 is considered a higher step. To achieve this step, builders will need to adopt a more integrated approach to building design employing various techniques and strategies to meet the performance requirements.  

Homes built to the new BC Energy Step Code standard will use less energy, cost less to operate and maintain, and be more comfortable than homes built to BC Building Code standards.

Building Permits & Compliance Reports

As of January 1, 2020, building permit applications for Part 9 residential buildings must include:

  1. a completed Pre-Construction BC Energy Compliance Report; and
  2. an energy model provided by a licensed Energy Advisor or qualified energy modeler (example, HOT2000 detailed report).

The Village strongly recommends that builders have a mid-construction blower test completed by an Energy Advisor and submit a completed Mid-Construction BC Standard Verification Report to ensure that the build is on track to meet the requirements of the mandated step.

Before occupancy, a completed As-Built BC Energy Compliance Report demonstrating compliance with the mandated step of the BC Energy Step Code must be provided.

Builder Incentive Offers

Bulletin - Builder Incentive Offer

To assist builders with the transition to building under the BC Energy Step Code, the Village is offering a cash incentive of up to $500 to be applied to the cost of a mid-construction blower test (maximum one incentive per dwelling unit).

Any builder who successfully achieves a higher step than required will be eligible for an additional cash incentive of up to $500 per dwelling unit.

Note: Due to limited funds, these offers are available on a first-come first-serve basis. Get your completed building permit application in early to ensure that funds will be available! Your building permit application is your Builder Incentive Offer Application.

These cash incentive offers are partly funded through a grant from BC Hydro.

Useful Links

Community Energy Association

BC Energy Step Code Website

BC Energy Step Code Design Guide

BC Energy Step Code Builders’ Guide

Village of Pemberton Building Bylaw No. 867, 2019

Energy Advisors

Builder Incentive Offer Application Forms

Canadian Home Builders Association of BC

Department Contacts

Building Official

Chris Derouin

P. 604-894-6135 extension 247

Mobile: 604-698-6124

Email Chris

 

Building & Planning Clerk

Gwendolyn Kennedy

P. 604.894.6135 extension 249

Email Gwendolyn

 

Building Information Bulletins

 

Adding or replacing a deck? Please see information regarding permit applications for Decks.

Looking for financial incentives for Energy Step Code compliance? Please see our Builder Incentive Offers.