Building Permits



Building permits are required for all renovations, construction projects and structural work. You can apply for the Permits by downloading and completing the corresponding form and return it, in person with a complete drawing, to the Development Services Department of the City of Prince Rupert.

The Building Permit approval process varies with the type of application received. For residential renovations, please allow at least three business days for approval. Please remember that a Permit is not valid unless approved by the Building Inspector first. Site inspections are required after a building permit has been issued. Permit fees vary according to the cost of development.

For more information, check out our Guidelines for Contractors pamphlet


Would you like to start an application?

Please find the City’s Permits Applications and Guidelines below:

Application for a Permit to Alter, Repair, or Remove a Building or Structure (*Please note, this form is specifically for renovations or to wreck/remove a building)

The City has also developed a brochure on Wreck and Removal to help property owners understand the wreck and removal process - including requirements to conduct a hazardous materials assessment, notification requirements for the landfill, etc. 

Wreck and Removal Information Brochure

Application to Erect a Building or Structure (*Please note, this form is specifically for new builds)


Inspection Services:

Staff members in the Development Services Department are responsible for approving building plans, issuing building permits and inspecting construction. They are also responsible to evaluate if construction is in compliance with the Zoning Bylaw, development regulations and the requirements of the BC Building Code. Staff members may be called upon to provide advice to builders on the interpretation of codes, and they work closely with the agencies in other departments.


Further Resources:

Building Bylaw 3314, 2012

BC Building Codes

National Building Codes