Permit Process

Permit Process

When your construction or renovation project requires permits, Kerr Construction will work through them for you.

Building permits can be complicated and daunting, especially for the uninitiated. Allow us to ease your load by navigating through the rules, regulations, bylaws and paperwork on your behalf.

We have invaluable years of experience in getting projects smoothly through City Hall.

Permits are Required for Most Construction Projects

A building permit is a legal document signed by the City that lists all approved construction details for your project. The City has a responsibility to ensure you stay within the many bylaws relating to zoning, building codes, safety, sustainability, livability, and accessibility.

The City of Vancouver requires construction permits for:permit-process-vancouver

  • All new construction
  • Additions and exterior alterations
  • Building demolition
  • Any changes of use of a building or land (either all or in part)
  • Most repairs and renovations for a heritage home or site, or a project located in Chinatown, Yaletown or Gastown.

Obtaining Permits – The Easier Way

We are experts in zoning bylaws, building codes, procedures, inspections, and much more. We handle contacts with the City, drawings and plans, and any other details required for a permit, which may include geotechnical, site surveys, and engineering.

How Long Does it Take to Obtain a Building Permit?

The timeline varies for the district in which you are applying and for the size of your project. For one- and two-family dwelling renovations and additions, it could be approximately 2-8 months. If it’s a very small project, like a bathroom or kitchen renovation, it will likely take much less time for permit approval.

With Kerr Construction, waiting time is never wasted. While the City reviews the application, we will work with you on the interior design phase, where you select fixtures, finishes, and other details.

We Go the Extra Mile

If it turns out that you want something built that is not permitted within the existing municipal codes, we can present the case before the Board of Variance on your behalf.

It may also happen that, while construction is underway, a change to the design is requested. We will discuss any changes with your on-site inspector or plans examiner to ensure everything is clarified and then submit a revision to the City.

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Helping You Breathe Easier

Quite simply, our role in the permit process is to make sure you get your new build or home renovation done the way you wish. You have enough things to think about throughout the entire project, so let us save you time and hassle. With our extensive knowledge and experience on your side, we will navigate the permit process for you. The ultimate goal is to see you and the City fully satisfied with the plans and with the finished work.

Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.

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Our Projects Run Smoothly,
On Budget and On Schedule

We know that keeping projects on budget and on
schedule makes a successful home renovation or
new building construction



Detailed Planning,
Skilled Workmanship

At Kerr we think through all the little details
and how things will function, like which way doors
will swing on the cabinets or the fridge



The Homeowner is
Part of the Process

This puts the homeowner in control
and is the best way to make sure they
are getting the most value out of their project